5 of the best UK beaches to visit this summer

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Are you planning to enjoy a staycation or two this summer? With international travel still looking uncertain, the UK saw a widespread surge in holiday bookings in the spring as Brits looked to reserve their spots early. Many people will have discovered just how much the UK has to offer over the past year – including a wealth of fantastic beaches. 

So which sandy spots should you head to first? A new study has revealed a list of favourites that includes locations spread across the UK. With a bit of planning, plenty of snacks and a reliable car to get you there, you could enjoy one hell of a road trip!

Here are five of the UK’s best beaches to visit this summer. 

Saltburn Beach, Yorkshire

Saltburn Beach sits on the northern point of the Yorkshire coast and is no stranger to awards thanks to its array of facilities and exceptional water quality, which is popular with swimmers and surfers alike. 

You’ll find a great café and spacious car park upon arrival. Plus, it even has a funicular lift to transport you down its steep cliff if you’d rather rest up! 

Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Newquay’s Fistral Beach is another well-established draw for beach lovers due to its expansive stretch of golden sand and memorable coastline views. It’s long been a favourite among surfers and often holds competitions due to the gnarly waves at its northern end. 

You could try it yourself by booking a surf lesson – or sit back and watch from one of the many cafes instead. 

Hemsby Beach, Norfolk

Switching attention to the south east coast, Hemsby Beach boasts almost two miles of sand and sheltered grassy dunes for walking or setting up camp. It’s especially popular among families thanks in part to the presence of RNLI lifeguards in summer.

There are plenty of shops and amusements set just inland if your group fancies a little stroll too. 

Tankerton Beach, Kent

Tankerton Beach in Kent offers all the classic British holiday nostalgia you could hope for. Its attractive multi-coloured beach huts and promenade lead on to a shingle beach that, at low tide, allows visitors to walk right out to sea. 

It’s ideal for paddling and exploring rock pools, while the more adventurous can burn off energy at the nearby skate park.  

Dovercourt Bay, Essex

Another firm family favourite, Dovercourt Bay in Essex offers sand and shingle areas as well as a nearby boating lake and a nature reserve that’s known for its resident seals.

Its two cast iron lighthouses are striking features that were still in use until the early 20th century. The historic town of Harwich meanwhile makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll if you’re feeling hungry. 

Are any of these beaches on your agenda this summer?

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