Discover the UK’s best beaches

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Who says you need to stray far from home to enjoy the sand and sea? There are amazing beaches ready to be explored right in our own backyard.

With stunning scenery, miles of soft sand and crisp blue waters, all we need now is the sun; here’s our pick of some of the UK’s best beaches.

Marloes Sands, Wales

Sea and Beach at Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire

This National Trust-managed beach in Pembrokshire, Wales is tucked away in a stunning cove, offering beautiful sandstone cliffs, sparkling waters and plenty of space for surfing and swimming. At low tide there are huge expanses of sandy beach where you can sit and relax, and at the nearby village you can stop for lunch or dinner at one of pubs, restaurants and cafes after a day in the sun.

Saunton Sands, Devon 


Take in the best of North Devon’s coastline at Saunton Beach. The three-mile stretch of beach is popular with families and surfers alike and a favourite spot for swimmers. Just behind the beach is Braunton Burrows, a network of sand dunes that are UNESCO-protected. Nearby there are food outlets and toilets, along with beach shops, offering everything you need to enjoy an undisturbed day at the beach.

West Wittering Beach, Sussex


With great views over Chichester Harbour, West Wittering beach has been an incredibly popular beach destination for generations. During low tide the beach is great for swimming and paddling and the beach has a Blue Flag designation for cleanliness. It’s also an ideal spot for wind surfing and kite surfing – perfect for more adventurous beachgoers.

Image via flickr user Ross Huggett 

Luskentyre Sands, South Harris Outer Hebrides  

Dunes on Luskentyre beach on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides,

You’d be forgiven for thinking you weren’t in Scotland when greeted with the miles of soft white beaches and turquoise waters at Luskentyre Sands beach. The whole island of Harris is home to incredible beaches and Luskentyre is among the best, winning a Travellers’ Choice Award from TripAdvisor. It’s popular with hikers and dog walkers, while the remote location and cool waters mean the beach doesn’t get too overcrowded.

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Blue sea and sky Watergate Bay Cornwall England UK Cornish north

Watergate Bay is one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches, and with good reason – just three miles north of Newquay, it’s perfect for families, with just enough Atlantic swell to make it popular for surfers, too. Nearby pubs and restaurants – including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen – also mean it’s a great spot to enjoy a relaxed meal with the beach as a backdrop.

Where are your favourite UK beaches? Let us know in the comments below!

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