2014 is set to be a scorcher here in Britain with wall-to-wall sunshine predicted throughout the Summer months so we thought we’d share with you our favourite spots for soaking up the sun. For the intrepid sun seeker, Britain might not be the first place that springs to mind, however there’s more sun worshipping to be had on this small fair isle than first meets the eye. The UK coastlines boast miles of sweeping beaches, hidden coves and secluded bays that promise plenty of golden sands, jaw-dropping sunsets and astounding natural beauty. Here are our top picks for some British beach time.
West Wittering, West Sussex
This shot of unspoilt white sand has been a classic British beach destination for generations of sun worshippers and has been awarded a Blue Flag as one of the finest beaches in the country. Backed by the incredible hills and sweeping chalk lands of the South Downs – renowned for its rich wildlife – here the English countryside meets the sea with mounds of neatly mown grass falling into powder soft sands and shallow lagoons. Perfect for a seaside picnic and the ideal choice for nature lovers who like to mix their beach with a dose of peaceful British countryside.
Durdle Door, Dorset
When it comes to show-stopping views, the limestone arch of Durdle Door jutting out into the deep blue beyond is difficult to beat. Huddled within Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site encompassing 95 miles of spectacular fossil-flecked shoreline, the turquoise waters that lap this crescent of white shingle could rival that of any Mediterranean beach. Perfect for taking a dip and watching the sun sink into the Atlantic.
Whipsidery, Newquay, Cornwall
The golden sands of Cornwall have long been a draw for sun-seekers in Britain – a beach lover’s paradise where Atlantic swells create world-class surf and grassy cliff tops promise incredible views. Whipsidery beach is a lesser known haven of rock pools and smugglers caves where you’ll be able to escape the crowds. Cocooned by steep cliffs, it is a little tricky to access but offers a picturesque sun spot that is well worth the effort for its natural beauty.
Dramatic panoramas are the name of the game at Bamburgh. An impossibly vast beach that stretches across the rugged Northumberland shoreline, it is crowned by the dark and brooding Bamburgh Castle which perches above its windswept coast. The sheer size of this award-winning beach means you’ll easily find your own private slice of sand to enjoy the cinematic views. Just make sure to pack your camera.
Achmelvich Beach, Sutherland, Scotland
There aren’t many British beaches that can boast pure white sands but Scotland’s Achmelvich Beach’s unspoilt ivory expanse certainly delivers on this promise and is arguably one of the most stunning beaches in all of Britain. Like most hidden treasures however, you have to journey a little farther to find it – the three miles of single track road from Lochinver that lead to its alabaster shores is not for the faint of heart – but, you will be rewarded with magical sea views and the chance to spot dolphins and whales.
Nicole Harley is Editor at The Epicurean.