Get Yourself Out There – Ten Best Remote British Beaches
Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
This year, more and more of us are staying on our own shores for a UK staycation. Here in the UK, we really are spoilt for choice with beautiful spots to discover and beaches to enjoy. To inspire you to tread somewhere a little different on your summer staycation, we’ve scoured the length and breadth of the country to bring you the best remote beaches. Away from the main tourist crowd, we know that here you’ll find peace, beauty and calm. It’s time to #GetYourselfOutThere and enjoy the Great British Seaside.
1. Godrevy, Cornwall
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean off the far end of St Ives Bay, Cornwall, Godrevy Beach is exposed, raw and wild. With a clean, long stretch of sand, it also boasts impressive swell for the surfers amongst you, but you can also potter about amongst the rock pools further along or just sit back and enjoy the view of Godrevy lighthouse, made famous by Virginia Woolfe in ‘To The Lighthouse’.
2. Walla Bank, Lincolnshire
If you’re a keen nature and bird watcher, a trip to Wolla Bank on Lincolnshire’s east coast is a must. Backing on to Wolla Bank Pit Nature Reserve, this stretch of sand is perfect for dog walking and even an early trip to watch the sun rise.
3. Northam Burrows, Devon
Salt marsh, sand dune and grassy reed beds combine to make the picture-perfect beach of Northam Burrows. Stretch your legs to walk the two miles along to Westward Ho! or head inland to explore 253 hectares of the country park that borders the beach.
4. King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth
History and nature meet in a dramatic fashion at King Edward’s Bay. At the foot of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, in one direction you can gaze in awe at the ruins of the moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep and in the other, revel in the rugged beauty of the Northumbrian cliffs and grassy banks.
5. Newborough Beach, Anglesey, Wales
We love the Saint, Sand and Sea Trail of Newborough Beach on the south-western tip of Anglesey. Expect dunes, coastal marshes, sandy and rocky shores, all battered by the winds and seas in this remote spot. Thoroughly exhilarating, this is the best of Welsh beach beauty.
6. Formby Beach, Lancashire
It might not spring to mind straight away but Formby, on England’s West Coast, is a haven for walkers, nature lovers and beach lovers. Enjoy the dramatic sand dune and sweeping coastal pinewoods. You can even see all the way up to Blackpool.
7. Brook Beach, Isle of Wight
Golden sands and gentle cliffs make a picture perfect retreat on the Isle. of Wight’s south coast. Just up from the busier Compton Bay, this beach is completely unspoilt and, south facing, it has day-long sunshine.
8. The Naze Beach, Essex
With both modern history in its World War II defences and ancient history with fossils galore, The Naze beach juts out in to the sea with unexpected cliffs forming shelter at the back. There are plenty of options for walking as well as a handy cafe.
9. Aberavon, Wales
Did you know that Aberavon beach is one of the longest sandy beaches in Wales? It’s perfect for the more active amongst you as there are opportunities for surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing and is the most wonderful spot to watch the sun go down over the glittering sea.
10. Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland
Be prepared to wrap up warm as this beach is wind-swept all year around. Looking out on to the Inner Farne Islands, turn around to see the breathtaking Bamburgh castle dominating the skyline. The wide beach is wonderful for walking, picnicking and kite flying, too.