The UK boasts some truly stunning coastline, and it’s all within driving distance. Each beach has its own unique benefits, so to help you choose, we’ve taken a closer look at some of the most beautiful beaches that are right on your doorstep, all within the UK.
1. Studland Beach, Dorset
The word ‘pristine’ is often used when describing Studland Beach, which sits south of Poole in Dorset. White, smooth sands stretch inland creating large soft dunes, and these share their space with idyllic heathlands, all protected by the National Trust. This natural beach gives lovely views of the Isle of Wight on a clear day, and if you’re a wildlife lover, there’s Britain’s most popular wildlife beach nearby. Follow one of the many trails through the dunes, to spot deer and other protected wildlife, along with beautiful flora.
2. Rhossili Bay, Wales
The Gower Peninsula in Wales is dotted with incredible beaches, but one of our favourites has to be Rhossili Bay on the west coast. This beach is particularly popular with surfers, as the westerly winds give a consistently strong tide. With this in mind, we don’t recommend swimming during strong winds. The views here are stunning as you walk down the steps towards the beach from the car park, and for even better views, try climbing up the Rhossili Downs.
3. Blackpool Sands, Devon
Green luscious grass surrounds this bay, which is a privately-managed resort, ensuring the sands are always clean and picturesque. Situated in south Devon, this beach is perfect for families as it has a Blue Flag status, and the gradual sloping sands are great for kids. The waters are an enticing blue turquoise, and when the weather’s hot, you might forget you’re in the UK! Just three miles west of Dartmouth, this is a great place to drive to for a sunny day.
4. West Wittering, Sussex
The clear waters of West Wittering have drawn in the crowds for years, and despite its popularity it remains a beautiful, unspoilt beach. Well-kept grassy areas around the sands provide great picnic spots, and you can park your car near to the beach. An easy drive from Chichester, the rear of the beach is lined with colourful wooden huts, and the prevailing winds mean that it’s popular with kite surfers and wildlife spotters.
5. Morar Sands, Scottish Highlands
Perhaps the most picturesque beach to make our list, Morar Sands is also known as the Silver Sands of Morar, which is a nod to the purity of the area’s white sands. The west coast of the Scottish Highlands is dotted with tranquil beaches, and you’ll often find that you have the beach to yourself. Unspoilt and peaceful with clear turquoise waters, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that you were in Scotland. One great spot is Camusdarach beach, which boasts a fantastic campsite and facilities.
6. Beadnell Bay, Northumberland
A classic picturesque beach with golden sands, Beadnell Bay is a great spot for all kinds of water sports, from surfing to body-boarding. Grassy dunes stretch for miles from the beach, and there are even shipwrecks in the surrounding waters, which make the bay incredible for snorkelling and diving. If you’re an adrenaline seeker, there are places around the bay to rent jet skis, but fear not beach bums; it’s an equally lovely spot for sunbathing and picnicking.