Even if the temperature isn't at its best yet to get a tan on the beach, the UK is home to many wonderful sandy spots that are worth a visit any day of the year. Whether you are looking for some beautiful walks in Scotland, for active surfing and watersport getaways in Devon, or for some picturesque stays in charming Cornish villages, we have a list of all the places you should visit in Britain for their beautiful beaches and coastlines.
Compton Bay, Isle of Wight
Particularly famous for its music festival, the Isle of Wight also happens to be a great spot for seaside holidays in Britain. Boasting dinosaur footprints and three-toed foot casts of Iguanodon at Hanover Point, Compton Bay is a pretty special place. With two miles of contrasting golden and dark sands, rolling seas and multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, it is a great place for surfing and for walking alike, thanks to Freshwater white chalk cliffs nearby.
Luskentyre, Outer Hebrides
Set on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Luskentyre has a Caribbean feel with its azure-green waters and white shores. With curvy dunes, gentle slopes and few people around, it is a place you can enjoy any day of the year, as even on a misty day, the stormy Atlantic gives it a spectacular feel. And if you're lucky, you might even be able to spot wild ponies, otters, seals, dolphins, eagles and deers.
Rhossili beach, Wales
On the Gower Peninsula, which is recognized for its wonderful beaches, Rhossili beach has won titles such as "best beach in Europe" and "top ten beaches in the world", well-deservedly so. Unspoilt, going over three miles of golden sand and overlooking breathtaking cliffs with panoramic views, Rhossili beach really is Wales at its best: remote, with beautiful nature and even a friendly and informative National Trust shop and visitor centre.
Durdle Door, Dorset
Set on the Jurassic coast in Dorset, Durdle Door is the limestone arch surrounded by the beautiful beaches of St Oswald's Bay and Man O'War Cove. With hundreds of steps going to the stunnings cliffs and a magnificent and crystal-clear blue sea, it is no wonder that Durdle Door has often been picked as a location over the years, particularly for music videos for people such as Cliff Richard, Bruce Dickinson and Tears for Fears.
Tankerton Beach, Kent
Thanks to its green slopes, pretty beach huts and long promenade, Tankerton Beach is an ideal spot for a relaxed weekend on the British seaside. Very popular with families enjoying long walks, relaxing picnics, paddling and sailing, it is ideal for quick getaways being only 45 minutes from London, and has kept its traditional quaint English seaside feel. And if you are on a food quest, you should go fishing and take advantage of the fantastic seafood available.