As you would expect from an island nation like Britain, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches, many of which have blue flag status. We might not have the sunniest climate or the warmest seas, but we do have some of the best beaches in the world. Here is a selection that includes beautiful beaches, popular beaches and secret secluded beaches that are ideal when you want to get away from the crowd.
Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
St Ives in Cornwall boast a number of popular beaches which include Porthmeor, a blue flag surfing beach; Porthgwidden, a perfect sun trap with safe bathing for all the family; the Harbour, a sheltered sun trap of a beach; and best of all, Porthminster, with half a mile of golden sands from which you can enjoy fantastic views across St Ives Bay, Godrevy lighthouse and beyond to the north Cornwall coast.
This is Cornwall’s the number one beach for families; it is clean, safe and raked every day during the season; with its warm climate and special quality of light, St Ives is one of the top destinations in England for beach holidays.
Brighton beach might not be one of the most beautiful of Britain’s beaches, but it is one of the more popular ones. Brighton is one of the world’s top destinations for city beach breaks and has a reputation that is legendary.
The beach includes the famous Blackpool Pier and the promenade which is lined with attractions, shops and eating places. Although it is a shingle beach, on every sunny day of the year it is a very popular place to soak up the sun. It is only an hour away from London and it has a blue flag award.
Moor Sands, South Devon
Moor sands is about as different from Brighton Beach as it is possible to be. It can be found between Salcombe and Dartmouth where the Prawle Point coastline forms the most southerly part of Devon and is where you will find several remote beaches, all with beautiful white sands. Moor Sands can only be reached on foot and lies at the end of an hour’s walk that takes you through meadowland where you can discover a variety of wild life including rare butterflies and buzzards. It is the idyllic beach for escaping from the crowds; a perfect place if you want to be alone and contemplate nature or even go skinny dipping.
Beauport Bay Beach, Jersey, Channel Islands
Beauport Bay Beach in Jersey is one of the best most beaches in the Channel Islands, lying on the south coast of Jersey and sheltered by cliffs on three sides it is a perfect sun trap. It is quite popular but is rarely crowded as there is a fairly long trek to get to it from the nearest car park and bus stop. The beach is safe for bathing at high tide, low tide and in-between and is ideal for families.
Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland
Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland is one of the most dramatic beaches in the North of England. With its backdrop of the wonderful Bamburgh Castle and looking towards the Farne Islands, along with its golden sands that are lined with sand dunes, it feels as if you have travelled into a past time. It is a vast beach with a huge expanse of open sands, and the coastline with its hidden reefs has proven disastrous for many vessels. The first lifeboat in England was launched from here.