Our pick of the best British beaches

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The UK is about to see temperatures of as much as 34C this Friday, following highs of 28 and 29 levels earlier this week.

The “uncommon” surge in June temperatures has brought about the Met Workplace to concern a three-day warmth alert, protecting elements of England from midnight on Friday till midnight on Sunday.

So, British seashores it’s. Fortunately, our honest isle has loads of respectable ones – extra Blue Flag seashores than Cyprus, even.

There’s nowhere fairly like a British seaside; in all their sticks-of-rock, wind-in-the-hair, sandy-sandwich glory.

Our little island has loads of nice choices discovered alongside its each coast – right here, The Unbiased’s journey desk praises our favorite stretches of sand throughout the nation.

Sunny Sands, Folkestone, Kent

Sunny Sands seaside

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Folkestone – maybe greatest identified for its proximity to the “Chunnel” – could seem to be an odd inclusion in the very best seaside stakes. However its Sunny Sands seaside is the place I’m most keenly anticipating returning to, for a number of causes. First up, it’s extraordinarily handy when travelling from London – a swift 52 minutes on the high-speed Southeastern practice service from St Pancras. Secondly, it has a smashing harbour arm, replete with food and drinks stalls (together with a champagne bar working out of a lighthouse). And thirdly, it’s one of many few spots alongside the Kent coast that boasts an precise sand, quite than pebble, seaside. There’s additionally a pebble seaside readily available, if that’s extra your factor, stretching who-knows-how-far and enlivened with quite a lot of vibrant public artworks, added to each three years through the Folkestone Triennial. Helen Coffey

Oddicombe, Torquay, Devon

Oddicombe seaside is surrounded by dramatic purple cliffs

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At any time when I’m requested to select my favorite seaside, my reply is swift and sure: Oddicombe in south Devon. My reply largely stems from pure nostalgia – that is the seaside we might go to most summers after I was a child, throughout holidays to go to my dad’s household in Torquay. With a delicate shingle seaside, putting purple cliffs (which are perpetually falling into the ocean), cute kiosks to purchase snacks, inflatables and buckets and spades, and even a cliff railway, it’s the epitome of all the things I need from an amazing British seaside. HC

Whitby Seashore, Whitby, Yorkshire

Whitby’s sweeping sands

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There are many causes to go to Whitby moreover its lengthy stretches of magnificent sand and shingle seaside. The proper fish and chips for one; the wonderful “lemon high” (vanilla ice cream topped with a swirl of lemon sorbet) for an additional. It even hosts one of many world’s premier Goth festivals, the twice yearly Whitby Goth Weekend, thanks partly to Bram Stoker, for whom the Gothic Whitby Abbey served as inspiration for Dracula. Anyway, again to that seaside – this blue flag magnificence is good for rock pooling, paddling and bathing and has a spectacular cliff backdrop, plus a row of brightly colored seaside huts for added attraction. HC

South Financial institution, Waterloo, London

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Calling this strip of sand and pebbles – correctly seen solely at low tide – a seaside is presumably pushing it a little bit. Nevertheless it’s a private favorite of mine, as I held my wedding ceremony reception on the South Financial institution’s Oxo Tower, the constructing that overlooks it. There’s a bombastic view of the monetary district’s skyscrapers and St Paul’s, and it’s oddly disorientating to search for on the individuals strolling alongside the riverside path above. The South Financial institution seaside modifications with the seasons: in winter, the Thames appears to be like bleakly lovely in its gunmental glory; whereas in summer season, seeing the solar bounce off the encompassing buildings whereas sunbathing in a bikini is a particular type of thrill. Plus, you’re sandwiched between the Southbank Centre (for artwork and tradition) and Borough Market (for meals) -no sticks of rock and low cost kiss-me-quick sights right here.Cathy Adams

Frinton-on-Sea seaside, Essex

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If you happen to grew up in Essex, as I did, then Frinton was the seaside to go to. Not like close by Clacton or boisterous Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton has the great sand and the quiet, family-friendly really feel – a lot in order that it’s picked up a Blue Flag award. The seaside itself is an actual looker: it sweeps right down to the ocean from a excessive coastal promenade preferrred for strolling off the fish and chip lunch, and there’s a row of vibrant seaside huts I used to take pleasure in peering into as a baby. However presumably the very best factor about this place, as my mother and father will inform you, is the free parking near the seaside. CA

Ballycastle, County Antrim

Moody greys: Even underneath cloud, Ballycastle is gorgeous

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The Bay Cafe – which overlooks the broad seaside of Ballycastle and has conveniently huge bay home windows – serves the Massive Fry particular (sausage, bacon, egg, beans, tomatoes, hashbrowns, soda bread, toast, tea) earlier than lengthy. This can be a seaside with a view: the hills of County Antrim subside into the ocean – and past the tumbling cliffs, via the mist, stands the Mull of Kintyre, that cumbersome punctuation on the finish of Scotland’s Argyll Peninsula. Simon Calder

Aberdeen, north-east Scotland

Cool dude? Simon Calder (proper) at Aberdeen Seashore

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Few British cities embrace a seaside of their repertoire. Brighton and Swansea boast strips of shoreline, however are restricted of their attraction by, respectively, shingle in Sussex and the humdrum city backdrop in South Wales. In distinction, the Granite Metropolis of Aberdeen has a formidable seaside: a large arc of sand that’s excellent for a pre-breakfast dip on a vivid morning. After a splash or a surf, benefit from the structure simply inland in Previous Aberdeen. SC

Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, South Wales

Wild west: Rhossili Bay in Wales

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The sweep of sand on the far finish of the Gower Peninsula is much from the best seaside in Britain to achieve, even in the event you begin from, say, Cardiff. However wherever you start, it’s definitely worth the journey – with a wild, western side that makes it particularly interesting on the finish of a heat summer season afternoon, when the muscular headlands cradle the sands and appear to gather the heat. “Get up to the most effective views on the earth,” is the declare of the family-run Worm’s Head Resort. SC

Porthminster Seashore, St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives’ Porthminster Seashore is a little bit of a stunner

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St Ives is a minibreak star for therefore many causes – its cutting-edge Tate gallery, mind-opening Barbara Hepworth museum and presumably the loveliest arrival by practice to be discovered wherever in our honest isles. You trundle alongside on the native practice from St Erth, previous Cornwall’s big-hitter Carbis Bay and eventually arrive simply above Porthminster Seashore, a swathe of vanilla-ice-cream sands hugged by tropical-looking inexperienced slopes and topped by a ritzy seaside bar. Some seashores are all concerning the scene, and sitting at Porthminster Seashore Cafe, sipping an English Glowing Wine produced in Cornwall and tucking into seafood linguine or native scallops, you possibly can’t assist however assume: who wants the South of France? Lucy Thackray

Studland Bay, Dorset

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Backed by dunes of tufty grass and blessed with close by views of white chalky cliffs, Studland feels wild and healthful even when the summer season crowds flock in. Pad footprints alongside its silky biscuit-coloured sands or take a paddleboard to the sheltered bay. The broader space, together with Corfe Citadel and Kingston Lacy, is a Nationwide Belief space you possibly can discover For luxurious travellers, it’s the closest “swimming pool” for friends of The Pig on the Seashore, the place you possibly can cease in for a gourmand lunch in the event you haven’t scored a sought-after room. For naturists, there’s even a small patch the place individuals have sunbathed starkers because the Twenties. Not that I’d know something about that. LT

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