Whilst sat in London on a cloudy and drizzly January Tuesday at Bowler and Beach HQ, we can’t help but turn our attention to the upcoming summer. In the season of Wimbledon, BBQ’s, festivals, and holidays to far flung destinations it is easy to overlook the great British coastline. Whether you haven’t explored or are simply unaware there are some absolutely cracking beaches right on our doorstep in the UK, so we have compiled a list of five of our personal favourites below:
Camber Sands, East Sussex
Accessible from London in under two hours Camber Sands well worth more than one day trip during the great British summer. Hidden behind a mountain of golden dunes this vast expanse of soft sand is a huge seven miles long, and reaches a width of half a mile at low tide. The sheer scale of this beach means plenty of room to enjoy those long summer days in various ways, whether it be surfing, beach cricket or finally reading the book that has been gathering dust on the shelf in London all year.
What Porthcurno lacks in size it certainly makes up for in natural beauty. This beach has it all for a relaxing day spent in the sun, with shelter provided by cliffs on both sides and the water here shimmers an inviting turquoise in the sun complimenting the brilliant soft white sand. Porthcurno comes with an added benefit for the more liberal / exhibitionist types, at low tide it is possible to take a stroll to the nearby Pednevounder nudist beach and see the “local wildlife” in all its glory.
Luskentyre Beach, Outer Hebrides
Catch Luskentyre on the right day and you could be forgiven for believing you were on one of Australia’s much-lauded beaches, not the outer Hebrides. Off the west coast at the tip of Scotland the Isle of Harris has arguably Britain’s most beautiful beach, and with gorgeous white sand and crystal clear water this is definitely a beach made for picture postcards.
A hidden gem in Yorkshire, just a five minute drive north of its more visited neighbour Whitby this beach is well worth a visit all year round. Why not grab a coffee at the Woodlands cafe, then take a relaxing stroll down the beach whilst admiring the stunning beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors reaching down to the North Sea.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
The remoteness and isolation of this beach is all part of its undoubted charm. The bay is only accessible by a half a mile walk along the cliff top, so getting to the beach in itself feels an adventure. Upon arrival you won’t be disappointed when being presented with unspoilt golden sand and crystal clear waters, with a backdrop of dunes and pine trees.
With these five beaches among many more stunning locations in the UK, the only question remaining is; what pair of Bowler and Beach shorts will you be wearing on your visit to the beach?
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