Discover Britain’s gorgeous coastlines
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....
North Norfolk Coast, England
Mile upon mile of sandy beaches extend along the North Norfolk coast. Once a hotbed of smuggling, you’ll discover plenty of romantic tales and secluded coves here.
The coast is dotted with Victorian towns, cosy seaside villages, nature reserves and there’s even a steam railway. This is the place to come to experience the 19th-century elegance of Britain’s original beach resort towns.
Treat yourself to freshly caught crab on Cromer’s Victorian pier, see the famous striped cliffs of Hunstanton, then visit Wells-next-the-Sea, part of the largest nature reserve in England and Wales.
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South West Coast Path, Dorset-Cornwall-Devon, England
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, and back up to the golden beaches of the North Devon Coast, and the lush green expanse of Exmoor just south of the sea.
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 and Bournemouth.
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Camber Sands, East Sussex, England
Grab that bucket and spade: Camber Sands, on the Sussex coast, is just the place to build a sand castle and play in the sea. Its glorious vista of golden sand stretches on for miles – in fact there’s so much of it that Camber Sands has actually been used for desert scenes in a number of films.
Kids will love playing on the sand dunes here, you can fly kites, enjoy a relaxing stroll, or go windsurfing if you fancy getting wet. Then 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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Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, England
One of the most atmospheric places in Britain, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic spot than Tintagel. 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.
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The Gower, Wales
The Gower Peninsula was the first location to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. It doesn’t take long to see why: unspoiled beaches that stretch for miles, 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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Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Wales
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 lush, 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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The Isles of Scotland
Some of Britain’s most magnificent coastlines are to be found on the Isles of Scotland. The landscapes vary enormously: Jura, famous for its whisky, is wild and mountainous, while on Gigha you’ll find the lush Achamore Gardens and white sandy beaches. Try a spot of island hopping, and see what you discover.
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