The crowds have gone, the roads are free of queues and you feel like the seaside is there just for you! With miles of fabulous beaches from the tip of Kent to the Cornish coast we are so lucky in the UK. So what’s on offer?
If you love the great outdoors and exploring the coastline, head off to Cuckmere Haven on the south coast, the coastline is dominated by cliffs which and the meandering river are constantly changing. There’s an abundance of flora and fauna, take a picnic which you can enjoy on the pebble beach, very quiet and secluded. If you have a dog and love walking with him or her, don’t forget we have lots of pet friendly cottages too.
Other beaches in Sussex to enjoy are Camber Sands and Pevensey Bay, with miles of unspoilt sand dunes to explore. The Kent coastline is also striking, with those amazing white cliffs of Dover and the beautiful beaches such St Mary’s Bay at Broadstairs.
If you are interested in art, you’ll love visiting Margate with the recently built Turner Contemporary. This classic British seaside town has been transformed in recent years. Situated right on the sea front, along the same site where Turner himself stayed whilst visiting the town, the gallery is the largest of its kind in the South East, itself, a giant commemoration to the artist.
The gallery, opened by Margate’s most famous export Tracey Emin, maximizes the northern light with its skylights and high windows, which also capture the stunning sea views.
If you’re a keen sailor, then the Isle of Wight is a brilliant place to visit, Cowes Week in August is world reknown but the rest of the year, it is still a fabulous place to stay, you can hire boats or windsurfers, kite surf simply enjoy walking along the coastal footpaths. Here you can visit the Needles, another of our classic British landforms.
The beautiful Dorset coastline, made more famous in the TV production of Broadchurch is home to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic coast. Here you can can admire these unusual landforms although we may not have the highest mountains, the deepest gorges and the widest rivers, we certainly have a huge variety of geographical structures packed into the British Isles.
Going further west, down to Devon and Cornwall, there is much to enjoy (apart from the delicious cream teas!) with more beautiful beaches and lovely coves. The north coast of this peninsula is famous for it’s surfing beaches such as Polzeath and Constantine Bay, there are lots of surf shops in Cornwall where you can hire a board, a wetsuit and you’re off!
“The UK is one of the most varied regions in the world, geologically speaking,” says Joe Cornish, a landscape photographer whose new book, This Land (published 1 October), showcases Britain’s most beautiful scenery.
If you’re looking for a seaside escape, we have hundreds of seaside cottages, of all shapes and sizes from Kent to Cornwall, you can book online but if you prefer to talk, just call our bookings team, they are always here to help.
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