Visiting the land of the ancient Celts can be quite an exhilarating experience in and of itself but there is more to it than its historic sights. Basking mostly in a temperate oceanic climate, Great Britain has quite a few warm months as well – these, of course, adhere to the standards of Northern Hemisphere countries. But what does this all boil down to? Well, its beaches, of course! With coasts as beautiful as those in movies and sands often full of multi-coloured mussels, these are places that you should most definitely check out. So, be it for the scenery or for bathing in the summer, let us explore some of the most exquisite beaches in Great Britain!
Situated on the coast of North Devon and enjoying quite a few beachgoers per annum, Woolacombe is not only beautiful but also quite famous. Stretching for a total of 4.8 kilometres and sloping only slightly into the Atlantic Ocean, it is an excellent place to take your kids to due to its general gentleness in nature. If you happen to be a traveller who cannot swim, Woolacombe becomes excellent for you as well as you can go into the water as far as dozens of metres and still have your head sticking out. Surfing, kayaking and, hell, even snorkelling are possible there – just make sure that the weather is warm enough for such noble endeavours (wink)! Oh, and did you know that it is part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?
Considered one of the most jaw-dropping gemstones of the United Kingdom, the beach of the village of Rhossili is something that should not be missed out on. Situated on the south-western extremity of the Gower Peninsula in Swansea, it inadvertently falls into a zone designated as the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the United Kingdom. The beach is sandy and runs for a total of five kilometres. Added to this, of course, is its outstanding width, granting it the possibility to generate sand dunes (yes, yes, we know – Frank Herbert would love it too). Surfing and kayaking are perfectly logical options there as it is no less spectacular than the aforementioned contestant.
3. Monknash Coast:
While not exactly famous for its bathing, surfing, or kayaking, Monknash Coast is a place that needed to be placed on this list just for its awe-inspiring cliffs. What’s most interesting about it is that the winds there are powerful enough to withstand a gentle lean from a human being (depending on the season of course – do not expect forceful gales at all times). While Monknash Coast won’t help you in your sacred studies of levitation, it will present cliffs and rocky shores so beautiful that you’re going to want to build a cabin there. Considered a coastal Site of Special Scientific Interest and located between Monknash and St Donats in the Vale of Glamorgan, southern Wales, it majestically forms part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Oh, and do take a few photos of those cliffs as you don’t want to forget them surely (wink)!
Quite a name, eh? Well, it is not just that that makes the beach of Perranporth (Perran Beach) an excellent destination for you but also its unique position on the northern coast of Cornwall, England. Extremely popular with tourists and surfers alike, this fine coastal stretch is located but 10 kilometres from Newquay (another excellent place for you to check out while you’re at it) and 11 from Truro. Reaching into the Atlantic in a semi-smooth fashion and reaching a length of three kilometres, it is not exactly the safest due to its often-instantaneous rip currents. Taking your kids there is still advised, just make sure that you are vigilant at all times. The best way to go about the nature of Perran Beach is to be a good swimmer and to never underestimate the power of the ocean. And did we mention that you can find scenic natural arches on the southern side of the beach (wink)?
Without a single drop of doubt, the beach of Porthcurno is a place that will surely drop your jaws. Situated on the southern coast of Cornwall, it is so scenic and cliffy that it might sell itself as being a Mediterranean sea-resort. Enshrined by the Logan Rock headland and considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world, it is not only good for surfing, kayaking, and swimming, but also for walking. Sounds a bit paradoxical, right? Well, in truth, it is not paradoxical at all, for its grandiose cliffs possess quite a few footpaths and walkways for visitors to hike on. This place, like Monknash Coast, deserves more than a single photograph, if you know what we mean (wink)!
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned beaches have you visited and which one was your favourite? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about your experiences! See you on our next adventure!