The Best Beaches in the UK

At Bournemouth you will find 7 miles of award winning beach, nestled beneath a magnificent cliff line. The bay enjoys its own micro-climate with some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK and stunning views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks.
This beach really does offer something for everyone, from relaxing in deck chairs, walking along the pier, hiring a beach hut or even trying out some water sports.
It is one of the safest beaches in the UK with RNLI lifeguards based all the way along the beach, making it a perfect destination for young families. The beach also has some dog friendly sections between 1st May – 30th September.

West Wittering

This beach is a large unspoilt sandy one located at the entrance to Chichester Harbour, the high water quality and excellent facilities have made it one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the country.

Again this is a beach that offers activities for all, from dog walking, horse riding, Windsurfing and Kitesurfing, Kite Buggying and lets not forget the best thing to do on a beach – build a perfect sandcastle.

There are lifeguards on duty around the summer months and beach cafes serving food and drinks all year round.

Abereiddi Beach

Abereiddi beach is famous for its black sand full of tiny fossils and has won the Green Coast Award and a Seaside Award. Abereiddi is nestled in a sheltered bay in Pembrokeshire.

This is really a beach for relaxing and enjoying the view as there are no cafes, watersports or lifeguards. However, it is a dog friendly beach so it is great for walks.

Nearby is the Blue Lagoon, a flooded slate quarry regarded as an important geological feature. Which has an easy access path for wheelchairs and buggies.


Holkham beach is included in the Holkham National Nature Reserve, which covers about 3706 hectares from Wells-next-the-Sea to Burnham Overy. The nature reserve comprises a number of rare and precious habitats including salt marsh, sand dunes, pine woodland, beach and grazing marsh.

Holkham is best known for its stunning panoramic beach and is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon.

This is also a beach where relaxing, sandcastle building and picnics are the best activities.

Croyde Bay

Croyde Bay is an excellent large sandy beach with rock pools and large dunes behind the beach, located 43 miles from Bude and 50 miles from Exeter.
This beach is perfect for exploring and finding animals in the rock pools, for the more adventurous the sea is great for surfing.  

There are toilets, a cafe and lifeguards during the summer months, however dogs are banned from Easter until September.
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