Pick up fossils by the sea in Dorset, look out over the cliff-tops on the South West Coastal Path, or stroll along the tranquil beaches of the North Norfolk Coast. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some sailing or rock-climbing, or just relax with a picnic in the dunes of Camber Sands. Whatever it might be, plan your trip to one of these beautiful spots on the coast soon.
Once a hotbed of smuggling, you’ll discover plenty of romantic tales, miles of sandy beaches, and secluded coves along the North Norfolk coast.
The coast is dotted with Victorian towns, cosy seaside villages, nature reserves, and even a steam railway. This is the place to come to experience the 19th-century elegance of Britain’s original beach resort towns.
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Stretching for 630 miles, the South West Coast Path takes in some of Britain’s most magnificent coastlines. It extends all the way from Dorset down and around the tip of Cornwall, back up to the golden beaches of the North Devon Coast, and the lush green expanse of Exmoor.
Explore the whitewashed villages of the Lizard Peninsula, marvel at the natural rock formation of Durdle Door in Dorset, or treat yourself to some seaside fun in buzzing coastal cities like Plymouth or Bournemouth.
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Grab that bucket and spade, Camber Sands on the Sussex coast, is just the place to play in the sea. Its glorious vista of golden sand stretches on for miles and has the only sand dune system in East Sussex. Camber Sands has even been used on many film sets, including many 'desert scenes' because of its vast landscape.
Kids will love playing on the sand dunes here where they can fly kites, enjoy a relaxing stroll, or go windsurfing. After a day at the beach, you can stop by the nearby village of Camber for dinner, or have a barbecue on the dunes(just be sure to get permission from Rother Council first).
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It’s hard to imagine a more romantic spot than Tintagel Castle. High above the crashing waves on a North Cornwall cliff top, this ruined medieval castle is said to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur himself.
Visit Merlin’s Cave nearby, take in the spectacular views over the sea and enjoy walks along this dramatic stretch of coast. Be sure to book a timed ticket that will permit you to enter the castle, cross the bridge, and visit the island.
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The Gower Peninsula was the first location to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the United Kingdom and it doesn’t take long to see why. Its miles of unspoiled beaches, dramatic limestone cliffs, and lush green meadows make this a breathtakingly beautiful region. Be sure to explore the town of Mumbles, famous for its small independent shops and cafes.
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Running for 186 miles, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path takes you through a rich assortment of different landscapes along Wales’ west coast, from limestone cliffs to red sandstone bays and abundant glacial valleys.
It’s a walker’s paradise, but you don’t have to walk the full length of it. There’s a Coastal Bus Service that will shuttle you between picturesque little towns and villages where you can stop and explore, or settle down for some lunch.
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Some of Britain’s most magnificent coastlines are found on the Isles of Scotland. One of the coolest parts about the Isles is that there is a landscape for everyone! Jura, famous for its whisky, is wild and mountainous, while on Gigha you’ll find the rich Achamore Gardens and white sandy beaches. Try hopping all over the islands, and see what you discover!
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