Britain’s coastal stretches are famous around the world; our patch of island boasts hundreds of miles of rugged coasts, soft beaches and rocky cliffs to admire and enjoy.
If you’re looking for nothing but brilliant sea views, here’s our list of the UK’s best coastal stretches…
South West Coast Path
Stretching 630 miles across some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, the South West Coast Path has it all – from heritage to wildlife, geology and scenery, the well-loved trails that make up the South West Coastal Path stretch cover territory from Minehead in Somerset Poole Harbour in Dorset. Hardcore hikers can walk the entire stretch in just 30 days, but for most of us it’s more appealing to take the path one section at a time over the course of several years. There are plenty of short walks that cover around five miles and will give you some stunning views over some of the best coastline in the south west. Plan your journey from the South West Coast Path website.
The Jurassic Coast
The world renowned Jurassic Coast is a great destination for the whole family. The 95-mile stretch of coastline from Exmouth to Studland Bay in Dorset is the first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site in England and one of the richest sources of prehistoric remains in the world. Along the way you can go fossil hunting at Lyme Regis or Charmouth or visit the stunning inlet at Lulworth Cove. Don’t miss the Durdle Door; this huge natural rock arch is the most famous landmark along the Jurassic Coast and one of the most spectacular features on the route. Find more information about things to see and do from the Visit Dorset website.
Steeped in myth and legend, the layered basalt flats of the Giant’s Causeway make up some of the most unusual coastline in the UK. The famous stretch of coast in Northern Ireland outside Antrim is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The unusual rocks are a result of a volcanic eruption more than 60 million years ago; today visitors can walk one of four trails – designed to suit every ability – and learn more at the impressive visitor’s centre, which charts the area’s geological beginnings and shares the legends that have been passed on for generations. Find more information from the National Trust website.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Wales has more than its fair share of natural beauty, and the stunning coastlines around Pembrokeshire are no exception. Take them all in along the Coastal Path; this 186-mile trail winds past some of the best scenery in the region and also boasts its own Coastal Bus Service that will shuttle you from one picturesque town to the next along the way. Don’t forget to pack your camera – you’ll be snapping everything from glacial valleys to red sandstone bays and majestic limestone cliffs. Find more information from the National Trails website.
Where are your favourite coastal stretches?