Adventure beyond Britain’s beaches

Spanning thousands of miles, Britain’s coastline is packed with possibility. Enjoy a taste of the sea while tucking into a fresh catch, or explore the cobbled streets of picturesque villages and harbours. But look beyond the classic seaside trip, and you’ll find beaches bursting with adrenaline-fuelled activities.

Dive deep into the waters and get to know Britain’s aquatic residents, kayak alongside inquisitive dolphins, or hit up the waves of England’s north coast. Be at one with nature while exploring sections of the England or Wales Coast Path, which includes a number of Easy Access sections for those with mobility issues, or grab a snorkel for a closer look as crabs scurry along the seabed. No matter where the adventure takes you, Britain’s coastline is full of exhilarating experiences just waiting to be discovered. 

Paddle with Britain’s sea creatures

Two kayakers on bright blue waters in North Devon with Surfside Kayak Hire and Tours

Uncover Exmoor’s glistening waters and soaring cliff faces as you pick up a paddle and hit the water for a two-hour guided sea kayaking adventure. Head into secret coves along Combe Martin Bay and out towards England’s highest sea cliff – Great Hangman. Make friends with the local creatures, including seabirds, porpoise and seals, and look out for the water’s most intelligent inhabitants, as the area boasts regular dolphin sightings.

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Surfside Kayak

Deep into the caves

Group of people walking across the unique rocks around Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa in Scotland

If you’re hoping to escape into the wilderness, Scotland’s dramatic Fingal’s Cave could be just what you’re looking for. On the western Isle of Staffa, erosion coupled with volcanic activity millions of years ago has formed a cave-scape of geometric shapes and wave crashing harmonies. Become an explorer as you head deeper into geographical history, and navigate your way across and through the rocky remote landscape. You can discover Fingal’s Cave by boat from Oban, Iona and Mull.  

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Fingal's Cave

Hike into the sunset

Cliffside daytime view of Old Harry's Rocks in Dorset, England

Old Harry Rocks on Dorset’s coast are the place to be for jaw-dropping skyline colours and sea wide views. As a part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, you can expect chalky cliff sides, charming countryside walks and picture-postcard sunsets. Pick up Britain’s favourite seaside grub, fish and chips, or pack up a picnic to take to watch the cliffside glow bright in the evening light. The Rocks can be reached on foot from Swanage or Studland, or accessed via public transport. If a walk isn’t your thing, take to the water on a City Cruise for a unique journey along the Jurassic Coast, which provides a new perspective of Old Harry’s Rocks and the surrounding landscape.

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Old Harry Rocks

Giddy-up along the coast

From the hustle and bustle of Cardiff city centre to its quiet sandy shorelines, Wales’ south coast is a traveller’s paradise. But if you’re dreaming of a cinematic worthy moment trotting down the coastline, why not saddle up and hit the shores on horseback? Offering experiences for absolute beginners through to keen riders, Ogmore Farm Trekking Centre will lead you through some of Europe’s highest sand dunes and across the region’s dramatic scenery. Located a 45-minute drive or bus journey from Cardiff, discover a new way to see the rockpools and golden sands of Ogmore-by-Sea.

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Ogmore Farm Trekking Centre

Rock on in North Wales

Two people coasteering above the waters edge along a rocky cliff face in Anglesey, North Wales

Scramble across rustic rocky cliff faces with Anglesey Adventures for a coastal adventure with a twist. The proud home of coasteering, Wales is brimming with adrenaline-fuelled coastline experiences, and where better to leap into action than the nation’s largest island? Feel the thrill of cliff jumping into fresh waters and of navigating your way through hidden coves and rockpools. If you don’t want to make a splash, try Sea Level Traversing for a way to clamber along rockfaces without taking a dip in the water.

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Anglesey

Discover the seabed

Cornwall boasts beautifully picturesque beaches, but have you ever thought about what’s lurking under its waters? Now’s the time to grab a snorkel and plunge into the sea to uncover a world of colourful fish, tranquil bays and mischievous crabs. For a thrill-seeking sea exploration, Newquay’s Atlantic Diver offer Basking Shark Safaris. Equipped with your snorkel you’ll be accompanied out to sea to take a dip with the gentle giants. Keep your eyes peeled for the dolphins and seals that call Newquay their home too as you make your way out into the water.

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Atlantic Divers

Spend time with the seals

Scuba Divers on on a dive conducted by Easy Divers in Ilfracombe, Devon

Where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel, lays the unspoilt landscape of Lundy Island. From snorkelling safaris to rockpool rambles and guided walks, the island is bursting with places to discover its varied wildlife and nature. But the biggest thrills are found in its waters. Sneak a peek at the island’s playful seals in their natural environment when you suit up for a guided Lundy Seal dive trip with Easy Divers. Suitable for divers with a PADI Open Water qualification (or an equivalent), this is a bucket list moment for any keen diver. As you swim through the unique bed formations and sea kelp, expect the curious characters to be floating alongside you and even nibbling on your fins!

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Easy Divers

Surfs up in northern England

Surfers taking to the water at Sandhaven Beach in South Shields with South Shields Surf School

Hit the waves on England’s northern coastline at the award-winning Sandhaven Beach in South Shields, ranked as Britain’s best beach by the Sunday Times. Think luscious golden sands, adrenaline-fuelled water sports and rippling waves as you take to the sea on your surf board. First time surfers can discover their love for the great British ocean with a surfing lesson, or if you’re a regular, hire a board and hit up the waves for yourself. After all the exhilaration, tuck into classic fish and chips along the seafront for dinner with sunset views.

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South Shields Surf School

Reconnect with nature

Not all trips to the coastline need to be fast-paced, so if the lapping waves and sandy beaches have left you wanting to reconnect to nature, then look to a Marine Life Walk along the coastline near Chichester. Located west of Brighton, you’ll follow in the footsteps of marine ecologists as they guide you through the intertidal ecosystem that’s bursting with life. From lively rockpools, to spying barnacles and molluscs, your adventure will let you get up close and personal with Britain’s sea creatures, while finding out more about the importance of wildlife conservation.

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Marine Life Walk
18 Jul 2022(last updated)

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