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The Travel File: Five Of Britain's Best Beaches

The Travel File: Five Of Britain's Best Beaches

We do like to be beside the seaside, and with the glorious weather we’ve been having, there is nowhere else we’d rather be. From the rugged coastline of Cornwall to the remote beaches of Scotland, these are five of Britain’s best beaches.

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Golden shingle and a view of the sea at Beesands in South Devon
Golden shingle and a view of the sea at Beesands in South Devon

BEESANDS, DEVON

Hidden at the bottom of a winding country lane on the south coast of Devon, Beesands is a gentle stretch of shingle facing out across the English Channel. A scenic drive from both Dartmouth and Salcombe, the quiet beach is a local secret and a haven for walkers who can take the clifftop paths to the ruined fishing village of Hallsands roughly three miles away. The charming seaside hamlet is home to a 19th century inn with local beers behind the bar and Britannia, a rustic fish café serving the local fishermens’ daily haul. It doesn’t get fresher than that.

Image: Via Visit South Devon

A view of the sea and Dunstanburgh Castle over Embleton Bay, Northumberland
A view of the sea and Dunstanburgh Castle over Embleton Bay, Northumberland



EMBLETON BAY, NORTHUMBERLAND

A country mile from the small village of Embleton, Embleton Bay is a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand on the wild and wave-swept coast of Northumberland. The ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle make a magical backdrop against which to enjoy a picnic on the vast expanse of beach and the shore is littered with rockpools ripe for exploring. Keen surfers can brave the Northern waters whilst grassy, rolling sand dunes provide shelter from wind. Stay in nearby Newton-by-the-Sea at The Joiners Arms, a cosy up-market gastro pub with boutique rooms and the best fish and chips in the area.

Image: National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

View of the sea, waves, rock islets and beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall
View of the sea, waves, rock islets and beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall

KYNANCE COVE, CORNWALL

Kynance Cove, on the southernmost peninsular of Cornwall, is one of Britain’s most picturesque beaches and is lovingly cared for by the National Trust. Bright blue-green waves crash at the base of rocky serpentine outcrops and a soft sandy beach tumbles down to the sea’s edge. The cove is home to a number of caves and the surrounding hillsides host some of the country’s rarest and prettiest wild flowers. Stay at the nearby Mullion Cove Hotel with its spectacular sea views and romantic old-world décor. A luxury Cornish staycation.

Image: National Trust Images/John Millar

The white sand beaches of Morar, Scotland
The white sand beaches of Morar, Scotland

MORAR, SCOTLAND

Known as The Silver Sands of Morar, the west coast of Scotland’s Highlands is home to an idyllic string of white sand beaches that look out across crystal blue waters towards the remote Small Isles of Rum and Eigg. It’s an almost mythical landscape of coves and shoreline intersected by a small flowing river that runs from nearby Loch Morar. Nestled between the loch and the beach is The Morar Hotel where you’ll find traditional Highland hospitality and panoramic views of the breath-taking scenery.

Image: Paul Tomkins via Visit Scotland

A view of the yellow sands and blue sea at Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire, Wales
A view of the yellow sands and blue sea at Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire, Wales

BARAFUNDLE BAY, WALES

A small bay bordered by sand dunes and pine trees, Barafundle is located in Pembrokeshire, a lusciously green county in the southwest of Wales. At least half a mile walk from the only accessible carpark, the wild landscapes and sense of intimate isolation make it the perfect place for a long-overdue digital detox. The beach is part of the Stackpole Estate, another National Trust treasure within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Stay at the nearby Stackpole Inn where a warm Welsh welcome awaits you at the award-winning bar.

Image: National Trust Images/Ben Selway

With thanks to The National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)