It’s a walk from the car park but its pristine sands and crystal clear waters really are worth the trip; ramp up the temperature gauge a bit and you might well mistake it for the Caribbean…Connected by metro to the centre of Newcastle, Longsands makes an easy and invigorating escape from the city.The beach’s sand and water are admittedly not the cleanest (a major clean-up is underway), but it’s the backdrop of frenetic resort town and scream-filled theme park dating back 100 years that provide the charm.Certainly no stranger to the “Best Beach” awards, cute little Barafundle takes a small bay-shaped chunk out of the inimitable Pembrokeshire Coast.
From the southern coast of England to the northern reaches of Scotland, these are the UK’s best beaches.
The sea might be perpetually chilly but hardy surfers still flock here in their droves, which explains the number of surf schools, pro-surf events and rental shops in town.
Boldly facing the icy North Atlantic blasts on Scotland’s northwestern coast, Sandwood Bay certainly makes for a brisk beach trip.
Multi-coloured cliffs beetle down over breezy Compton Bay, much-loved haunt of the Isle of Wight’s surf (kite- and -board) dudes.
The waves pound upon the sand, churning up milky froth and spitting salty spray up into your face.