When planning to spend the summer travelling, be sure to pencil in some of Britain’s best beaches for your very own cheap summer holiday. Sun, sand and sea. These are the makings of a conventional summer holiday abroad, and three things that appeal most to tourists looking to unwind during the warming summer months.
With the recent rises in living costs, it can be hard to find the extra cash to fully experience the beach hopping lifestyle. Taking a beach break in Britain can be just as enjoyable as relaxing in the Mediterranean. Enjoying the summer is not limited to a creaking deck chair in your local park, trying in vain to dodge the flying balls kicked by over-zealous teenagers.
A host of white sand beaches, secluded coves and relaxing escapes are scattered around the great British Isles. The advantage of this, you can enjoy the summer months, and not have to worry about the bank account on your return journey.
Below are guides to some of the best of British beaches, and accommodation inspiration for the duration of the holiday.
South Cornwall – Porthcurno, near Land’s End.
A popular summer beach that attracts visitors of all ages. The steeply shelved beach attracts swimmers from far and wide, who can then dry themselves on the pure white, sandy beach, whilst the glimmering rays of the sun sparkle on the calm waters. A stream at the top of the river is ideal for paddling, or just cooling down if taking a dip in the sea is not an option.
Where to stay: Wolf Rock apartment (01823 480832) is a magical holiday destination, with spectacular views of the beach, and only a few minutes’ walk from Porthcurno beach.
Dorset – Studland Beach
With four miles of feather soft, pure white sand, and gentle shelves that lead into the milky-blue sea, Studland Beach is surrounded by sand dunes and heathland. The rolling gaits of the surrounding area provide secluded areas, perfect for enjoying the summer sun, or a evening barbeque. The northern stretch is most easily reached by ferry, and has the feel of a secluded island retreat, perfect for those who wish to unwind and detox from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Where to stay: The Manor House Hotel (01929 450288) Located in the Isle of Purbeck, the Manor House Hotel is within easy travelling distance of Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage and the historic village of Corfe Castle. With extensive bedrooms, and modern bathroom facilities, the Manor House Hotel is perfect for those who want the life of luxury, without the extortionate price tag.
Achmelvich Beach – Highlands
The west coast of Scotland hosts numerous secluded sandy coves, shut off from the hustle and bustle of city life. Some are wild stretches of sand, where the wave’s crash methodically on the unmoving coast, and others are sheltered bays where the turquoise sea ripples quietly, whilst the sun shines. Achmelvich Beach, in the far North West of the Highlands, offers touristswhite sand beaches, calm waters perfect for swimming, and a break from the crowds of urban life. Porpoises swim near the shores in summer, and you can take part in whale, dolphin and killer whale watching each season.
Where to stay: Achmelvich SYHA hostel gives the impression it has been taken straight from a picture perfect postcard, and placed in some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland. Close by is a mouth-watering fish and chip shop, but the kitchen in the hostel is well equipped. Four miles down the road you can find a well-stocked pub, with scenic sea views all around.
South Bay – Scarborough
Possibly the most famous beach town in the North of England, Scarborough offers the night life and day time relaxation that so many travellers dream of. Legend has it that Scarborough was one of the worlds’ original spas, with pilgrims visiting from as early as 1611, as the sea waters are said to have particular healing properties. Today, the beach is as picturesque as ever, with plenty of activities such as surfing, hiking and enjoying a well-earned pint at a local pub.
Where to stay – Granville Lodge Hotel may sound like it comes with an expensive price tag, but with rooms starting from as little as £20 pppn, this hotel proves that names can be deceiving. Located close to the vibrant town of Scarborough, with its extensive nightlife and shops, there will be something for everyone when visiting for a long weekend.
Rhossili Bay, Gower Coast – South Wales
Voted the Best Beach in June 2010, Rhossili Bay is a popular surfing attraction for tourists around the UK. At low tide, the expanses of soft sand are perfect for walking, sand castle building and relaxing in the summer sun. It would be best to keep an eye on the tide, just in case you get cut off. A popular destination, there is all manner of wind and water sports available, from surfing to paragliding.
Where to stay – The Worms Head Hotel. Single, double, twin and family rooms are all available at The Worms Head Hotel, a family run hotel which has stunning views of Rhossili Bay and the surrounding area. The wild yet beautiful setting is perfect for escaping the normality and monotony of any daily routine. Prices start from £68 pppn for an en-suite room.
Whether it is the rising airline taxes or the prospect of a 2013 stay-cation, Britain’s beaches are some of the most beautiful and varied within the British Isles. The money saved can be useful for continuing the travelling lifestyle, and Britain is making a comeback as a popular tourist destination, without the high-end price tag.