Many UK holiday makers are not only feeling the financial pinch of the recession, but are also suffering from a fairly unimpressive British Summer time. However the sun is set to shine in the last few weeks of Summer, making it the perfect time to pack your bags for a last minute beach getaway.
Soak up some sun and prepare yourself for winter with one of the top five beaches within the UK.
Marloe Sands, Pembrokeshite
If gentle, picturesque beaches don’t really do it for you, and dramatic is more your style, then you should head for the ruggedly beautiful coastline of Marloe Sands. The National Trust-owned beach is full of sandstone cliffs, rippling rockpools, outlying islands and fossils. There are tonnes of private bays for romantic evening drinks as the sun sets, and it has been the location for many a Hollywood blockbuster, such as the recent Snow White and the Huntsman.
Quite possibly one of the loveliest stretches of wild and woolly coastline in the UK, Bamburgh runs from Creswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland. There are over 40 hectares of rolling sand dunes which are perfect for picnics and clear views out to sea – on a cloudless day you can see right across to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. Then, of course, there’s the beautiful Bamburgh Castle watching over it – which is well worth a visit.
Luskenture, Outer Hebrides
Laid out along the west coast of the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Luskentyre Beach is wonderful not only because of its pure white sands, crystal-clear waters and endless views, but also because it is deserted most of the time; making it your own private beach getaway. It has been named as one of the 10 best beaches in the world and, needless to say, is pretty spectacular.
Pentle Bay, Tresco
The Isles of Scilly are one of Britain’s very best-kept secrets. Just off the south-western tip of the Cornish coastline they are bathed in sunshine, dotted with palm trees, white sands, turquoise waters and are pretty much picture-postcard perfect. Additionally most of the transport here is via helicopter or seaplane, so you will be guaranteed a truly memorable getaway. Pentle Bay is the closest to a tropical island that you will get in the UK, in fact it is hard to believe you’re in the UK at all!
It is hardly a secret that Cornwall is home to quite a few of the best British beaches, but when there is so much choice, which one should you go for? A favourite for many is Whipsiderry, over on the North Cornish coastline. A huge expanse of golden sands, it’s far enough from the crowded beaches of Newquay to offer a bit of privacy, but still offers a great surfing location. It is also close to the gorgeous Watergate Bay and the secluded Mawgan Porth which are definitely worth a visit.