Best Beaches in the UK
You don’t need to go abroad, we have some of the best beaches in the UK!
From wide sandy bays to secluded rocky coves there is something for everyone. Some of the best beaches in the UK are probably closer to your home than you realise! Check out our top 7 seaside spots for you to visit this summer.
1. Best Beaches in the UK – Holkham, Norfolk
Firstly, the beach is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. The wide-open beach and sand dunes of the North Norfolk Coast earned it the title of the best beach in the UK. Furthermore, it was not just the opinion of tourists but of leading travel writers too! With four miles of white sand and pine woods to explore, this beach is also part of one of the largest National Nature reserves in the country. We agree with the travel writers, this really is one of the best beaches in the UK.
2. Best Beaches in the UK – St. Agnes, Cornwall
Understandably, St Agnes is a popular surf location with excellent surf schools in the area if you fancy giving it a try! Known for its outstanding natural beauty, expect miles of dramatic coastline with crashing waves. The magical coastal path will reveal hidden caves and stunning beaches. You may be aware, the area shot to fame with the TV series Poldark! We head there every year for our yoga and surf retreat and New Years Eve retreats. Energise with yoga in the morning then hit the beach and the coastal path. We may be biased but, for us this easily one of the best beaches in the UK. It’s perfect!
3.Brighton, East Sussex
Of course, we think Brighton deserves to be one of the best beaches in the UK! We live here! Voted one of the Top 10 city beach break destinations in the world, Brighton is a traditional seaside city. Expect a pebble beach that has been popular since Victorian times. There are lots of water sports to try on Brighton Beach, from stand up paddleboarding and kayaking to volleyball on the sandy court. Many locals and tourists brave the cooler water to sea swim even in winter! There is also a hidden nudist beach further along the shoreline if that’s your thing. This is also where AdventureYogi is based – we have to be by the sea or in the mountains to connect to our true love – nature!
4. Rhosilli Bay, Wales
Three miles of gorgeous sandy beaches and coastline situated on the Gower Peninsula. Rhosilli was voted Wales best beach in the UK in 2017. In fact, it is the only beach to have been awarded Britain’s Best Beach for two years running. Perfectly situated to benefit from the Atlantic swell, the beach is popular for water sports with amazing clifftop views loved by walkers. Occasionally you can even spot the odd seal or dolphin! I also went to Swansea University and spent a lot of my time on this beach so it has to go in the top 7!
5. Best Beaches in the UK – Polzeath, Cornwall
Polzeath is a blue flag beach and renowned surfing and foodie destination. The combination of Atlantic swells and gradual shelving make it the ideal beach for improving your surfing. For the thrill-seekers, you can also learn to rock climb, kayak or even go coasteering! Whatever you choose to do, we recommend you get up close and personal with the rugged north Cornish coast.
6. Robin Hood Bay, Yorkshire
Robin Hoods Bay is part of the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors National Park. It is one of several beaches connected by the low tide. For a fun adventure, you can walk all the way to neighbouring villages. This location is perfect for lovers of spectacular scenery and a photographers dream. Delightfully, it is reached by tiny cobbled streets leading down to the water’s edge. Furthermore, the beach has the backdrop of centuries-old houses contrasting with the craggy coastline.
7. Best Beaches in the UK – Killinallan, Scotland
Scotland is blessed with an array of picture-postcard beaches. Furthermore, the waters might not be as cold as you imagine as they are. This is because the waters are warmed by the same Gulf Stream that the waters of beaches in Cornwall enjoy. Islay and Jura have spectacular beaches and one of our favourites is Killianallan. It’s a long walk but worth the wait to reach beautiful white sands. There are views across turquoise waters to Mull and on a clear day. Truly, it is the most inspiring place and the ideal spot for meditation.
Honestly, these are just a few of the best beaches in the UK! If you know of any others let us know and we will be sure to visit! If you want to come and see the beaches that we know, try our Norfolk wellness and yoga retreats or how about our surf / walking retreats in Cornwall. Or just check our calendar page for all dates throughout the year (and for some tropical beaches!)