Fancy getting away from it all this summer but don’t have the funds to hop on a plane? Fear not, Britain has some of the most amazing beaches which are also quiet, secluded, and not too far away from where you live. Here, I’ve listed some of the best stretches of sand around to spend some precious sunny summer’s days this year.
Embleton Bay, Craster, Northumberland
If your kids are mad on rock pools and you love fresh sea food, Embleton may be the place for your family. The vast expanse of sand rolls out from the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Craster’s main claim to fame is the kipper. As well as this fine versatile fishy, there are fantastic wildlife-watching opportunities and some great walks.
Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire
A fair few miles down the coast you will find the charming Robin Hood’s Bay. This secluded part of the world is perfect for a family getaway where you can learn about dinosaurs, explore the countryside and enjoy the nearby harbour town of Whitby.
Pakefield, Lowestoft, Suffolk
‘Award-winning’ may not mean a lot any more when it comes to beaches as it seems you would be hard-pressed to find a stretch of sand in the UK that hasn’t won some local award or other. However, whichever award Pakefield in East Anglia won, it was richly deserved. Be the judge yourself. Go to the website http://www.ukbreakaways.com/destination/pakefield which includes great deals on trips to the Pontins situated on the resort.
Sands of Morar, Arisaig, Scotland
When it is blessed with nice weather Scotland is truly unbelievable. No area is more picturesque than the Sands of Morar, the location for cult film Local Hero. You will struggle to find a quieter sands on the British mainlands especially at a place which can actually be reached by rail.
Barricane Beach, Woolacombe, North Devon
On a sunny day on Barricane Beach you do not feel like you are in the UK at all. With delicious Sri Lankan curry served up in the local beach café and sea shell sand under your feet, you day job, mortgage and David Cameron will feel a million miles away.
Musselwick Sands, Pembrokeshire
This well-kept secret (shhhhh!) is only available when the tide is out but it is well worth putting in the research. The village of Marloes is the only place to park which is relatively nearby but this means there is a half mile walk to the beach; again, well worth it though.
Roanhead beach, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
A short drives from the lakes and near to the not-quite-as-lovely town of Barrow-in-Furness, Roanhead Beach provides an oasis of quaint beauty. Backed up by an almost lunar landscape of dunes, this is an exquisite find which many struggle to discover.
Walmer Beach, Kent
Dover’s White Cliffs are not the only cause for celebration down in south-east Kent. Walmer Beach is part of a lovely nine-mile stretch of golden sand which borders the resorts of Kingsdown and Deal; perfect for a long weekend of unwinding.