Here in Great Britain we are spoilt by the number of fantastic beaches that we have access to. Sure, it’s nice to get away and holiday abroad experiencing different cultures, eating foreign cuisine and topping up your tan. But, just as much fun can be had on the seasides of Great Britain.
Yes that’s right, if you decide that you’d rather save a bit of cash and hit the beach in Great Britain this summer then you could well be in for a treat. Up and down the country there are sandy and stony shores, meaning there is definitely something out there for everyone. From the hustle and bustle of our best surfing beaches to the quietest hidden coves, this country has far more to offer you than you may have thought.
So, here are some of our favourite beaches to visit. Take a look at these, load up your caravan or motorhome and set off on your travels. Enjoy!
Blackpool Sands, Devon
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Not to be confused with the other Blackpool, Blackpool Sands in Devon is a sheltered bay that is surrounded by beautiful pines. It is an award winning beach that is privately managed by a family. Situated three miles west of Dartmouth, this beach is so stunning that it looks as if it could be part of a tropical island. There are plenty of family friendly attractions as well as a range of wonderful food and a beach shop.
If you take your family along to this stunning destination then I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. When it comes to taking your caravan, the lovely Dartmouth Camping and Caravanning Club Site is walking distance from the beach. So, you can pitch up there for the weekend and enjoy the beauty of this part of the world.
The site offers fantastic facilities as well as showers, electric hook ups, a children’s play area, washing machines, club site wifi and stunning views.
This monster of a beach stretches seven miles in length, and when the tide is out the beach can be a mile wide. It was once voted the best beach on which to spend your Bank Holiday and it really is not to be missed. If you are a lover of big skies, then this really is the place for you.
This stunning and vast beach has some great shops and restaurants nearby, but when you are on the sand you can feel like you are miles away from civilisation. There are, however, no lifeguard patrols, so you will need to be careful and keep an eye on your kids.
Pinewoods Holiday Park is located nearby and they take caravans and motorhomes, so we would recommend you stay there if you’re heading for Holkham beach. Situated right at the heart of the North Norfolk coast, Pinewoods Holiday Park has been welcoming holidaymakers and families for over 60 years. The generously landscaped site lies behind pine-topped sand-dunes at the edge of Wells beach, just a short walk (or miniature train ride) from the bustling historic port of Wells-next-the-Sea.
If breathtaking views are what you are after, then Rhossili Beach in Gower, Wales, is surely the one for you. It really is on a par with the previous two beaches mentioned for how stunning it is - and that is saying something!
The beach is accessed by a steep flight of steps only, so visitors with disabilities or those of you who struggle to climb large stairs will need to take this into account before going. There’s plenty of parking in the village however, so you won’t be caught short on somewhere to put your car.
This wonderful four mile stretch of golden sand is at the western tip of the peninsula and it bears the full might of the Atlantic swells making it very popular with surfers. However, this does mean that there can be strong undertows when the surf is high so make sure to be careful. Oh, and you also have the eerie hull of the shipwrecked Helvetia, which was washed onto the beach in 1887.
Campsites near Rhossili are easy to find, one to consider is Pitton Cross which is a short distance from the village. It is a family run touring park that is open all year and caters for touring caravans, tents and motorhomes All pitches are on level ground, which are well spaced around the field edges and they also have a 'dog free' area and several hard standing pitches for motorhomes.
Whitby, North Yorkshire
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The home of Captain Cook, Whitby has plenty to offer in terms of historical sights and adventures. The beach itself is backed by cliffs and has a mixture of sand and rocks so it is brilliant to explore, and with lifeguards patrolling the beach from June to September you can feel safe taking a dip in the sea.
This place really does offer you all of the traditional charms of the seaside. There are plenty of amusements on offer with the summer theatre being a wonderful attraction. And, there is also the fantastic museum that is located right near the majestic ruins of the Whitby Abbey up on the cliffs.
One little known fact about this place is that Bram Stoker, the author behind the famous Dracula, stayed here in the 1890s and was inspired by Whitby, and its abbey, to write his vampire novel. Spooky!
Grouse Hill campsite is nearby and very reasonable with prices and it caters for touring caravans and motorhomes. It also has a manmade lake and a lovely woodland walk on its lands. Whilst there are plenty of sites in the area, lots of them only offer static caravans so check in advance before you head out.
Hayle Towans, Cornwall
Hayle Towans starts at the River Hayle and the Estuary and loops round to Black Cliff, which at high water separates it from Mexico Towans and the long stretch of beach northwards. The word ‘Towans’ is a Cornish word meaning sand dunes. This beautiful beach gets fantastic surf at times and you can look across the bay at the wonderful St Ives.
When the tide is out this huge beach joins with two other beaches and becomes gigantic. It is popular with kite buggies and other sports, however, due to its immense size it never feels crowded. Whilst there are other more popular beaches in Cornwall, there is a sense of undiscovered beauty about Hayle Towans and it doesn’t get taken over by holidaymakers. If you want to pop to the beach that the locals know and love, then this is the one for you. Just be prepared for the steps down to the beach which are exciting to say the least.
The Beachside Holiday Park is right on the cliffs above the beach and has plenty of pitches for caravans and motorhomes. Their website states that ‘Beachside offers a perfect backdrop for a carefree, unhurried pace of holiday. Breathtaking sea views of St Ives Bay and peaceful surroundings create a restful, less commercial atmosphere you can’t help but unwind in.’
Huisinis, Isle of Harris, Scotland
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So, if you really want to hit a secluded and stunning beach then the Huisinis beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris is a must see. If you are keen enough to make the long journey to the north of Scotland then you really won’t be disappointed. There is very little sign of humanity on this beach and you certainly won’t be able to buy a 99 or Passion Fruit Solero. However, you will be able to find an exquisite beach covered in white sand that looks out over the Atlantic to the uninhabited island of Scarp.
Your best bet for camping is to head to the outskirts of Stornoway on the north of the island and pitch up at the Laxdale Holiday Park. This delightful, small family run park is set in peaceful tree lined surroundings and it provides plenty of first rate facilities for campers, touring caravans and motorhomes, as well as self catering holiday makers.
The site has plenty of modern facilities, whilst still maintaining a traditional and friendly atmosphere that is typical of the Islands. Located 1.5 mile from the town of Stornoway the park is an ideal centre from which to tour the islands of Lewis and Harris.