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Our favourite UK beaches

1. West Beach, Whitstable

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Away from the hubbub of town. People don’t tend to wander up, preferring to stay around the harbour for fish & chips and beers.

At low tide the estuary almost empties giving you flat sands and huge skies. 

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2. Mothecombe Beach, Devon

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A little bit of a walk down from the car park, lovely sandy beach. The School House Cafe near the car park has re-opened. Fab cooked breakfasts.

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3. Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Huge, sandy sheltered beach round the estuary. Great for kids, canoeing, bbqs and beach cricket.

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4. Coldingham Bay, Scottish Borders

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It’s your classic beach with rock pools, sand and surf. Suzie's kids are here come rain or shine! Beach hut / surf school dispensing sausage rolls, ice creams and surf kit/lessons. 

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5. New Polzeath, Cornwall

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It doesn't have the surf of next door Polzeath but nor does it have the crowds. Best for shallow swimming and beach cricket. No lifeguards and the tide can be strong.

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6. RoanHead, Cumbria

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On the Cumbria Coastal Way and backing onto the Sandscale Haws National Trust Nature Reserve.

Rich warm-coloured sand and barely any people. Loads of beach at low tide but beware the incoming tide - it's fast and the rip tide is strong.

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7. Samson, Isles of Scilly

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Wonderful empty beaches, freezing sea. Spot a puffin. 

Getting there: The ferry from Penzance is running. The Skybus is flying from Land's End only during July. Click here for details.

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8. Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight

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A mile south of Ventnor on the coastal path (or via a vertiginous path from the Botanical Gardens NOT for buggies!) is this timewarp joy  of a beach.

The Crab Shed has the best crab pasties in the world.

Open this summer daily except Tuesdays and rubbish weather 12–3pm. Click here for details.

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9. Strathy Beach, Thurso, top of Scotland

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Crystal clear water, sand forever and a delicious smooth peaty river tumbling into the sea to wash all the salt off.

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10. Covehithe Beach, Suffolk

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North of Southwold on a largely forgotten bit of Suffolk Coast, Covehithe Beach is a 10-15 minute walk from the road and the Medieval St Andrew’s Church with its ruins. It’s worth it for a long sandy beach with its crumbling, yellow cliff face and sea bleached tree stumps  – a reminder of the ongoing dramatic erosion from the North Sea.  There are no amenities but even in the height of summer the beach never feels busy.

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