10 of the best UK beaches
1. Durdle Door, Dorset
Why it's special: That iconic stone archway, of course. This natural wonder soars out of the cliffs like a dinosaur curled around a stretch of beach and wonderfully clear water.
How to find it: West Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5PU
2. Holkham, Norfolk
Why it's special: Four miles of unspoilt beauty with a pine forest on one horizon and the rugged North Sea on the other.
How to find it: Access is via Lady Anne’s Drive in Holkham village, just off the A149, opposite The Victoria Inn.
3. Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland
Why it's special: Bamburgh castle standing majestically on the basalt cliff side, watching down on waters home to inquisitive seals.
How to find it: Near Alnwick, NE69 7DF
4. Whistling Sands, Gwynedd, Wales
Why it's special: Walk along this stretch of beach and you may hear a curuous whistling from under your feet. The shape of the sand grains strike against your feet to produce this intriguing sound.
How to find it: Aberdaron, Pwllheli LL53 8LH
5. Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
Why it's special: The beach at the end of our island is a lovely one, a rich seascape of blue waters and golden sand three miles fro Land's End.
How to get there: Porthcurno, Cornwall, TR19 6JX
6. Bournemouth Beach, Dorset
Why it's special: A city beach, yes, but seven miles of sands are home to a pier, beach huts and water sports. Buzzy and fun.
How to find it: You won't miss it, but the postcode for the pier is BH2 5AA
7. Achmelvich Beach, Highlands, Scotland
Why it's special: This slice of the coastal good life is far from the madding crowds, and hence home to dolphins, porpoises and whales.
How to get there: Achmelvich beach is on a minor road sign posted to Achmelvich. Take the B869 about 1/2 a mile from the village of Lochinver on the A 83.
8. Appletree Bay, Isles of Scilly
Why it's special: Robinson Crusoe would be at home on this wild beach on the island of Tresco, where white sand, turquoise water and sub-tropical plants may make you wonder if you've woken up in the Caribbean.
How to get there: Fly to the Isles of Scilly, catch a boat to Tresco and then hire a bike to pedal along the road to the beach (there are no cars on the island). Phew! More travel info here.
9. Sandwood Bay, Highlands, Scotland
Why it's special: Only accessible by foot, this remote and beautiful cove sits between a deep freshwater loch his beach and looks out at a tall sea stack standing sentinel in the ocean.
How to get there: The nearest bus stop is Kinlochbervie, or follow this route from Walk Scotland.
10. Southwold, Suffolk
Why it's special: The string of brightly painted beach huts and the bucket-and-spade charm of this shingly cove on the Suffolk Heritage Coast will take you back to childhood holidays by the sea.
How to get there: Explore Southold list travel advice.
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