Our pick of the best British beaches

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The UK is ready 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 on 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 truthful isle has loads of first rate ones – extra Blue Flag seashores than Cyprus, even.

There’s nowhere fairly like a British seashore; 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 seashore

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Folkestone – maybe finest identified for its proximity to the “Chunnel” – could seem to be an odd inclusion in the most effective seashore stakes. However its Sunny Sands seashore 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, somewhat than pebble, seashore. There’s additionally a pebble seashore 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 in the course of the Folkestone Triennial. Helen Coffey

Oddicombe, Torquay, Devon

Oddicombe seashore is surrounded by dramatic purple cliffs

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Every time I’m requested to select my favorite seashore, my reply is swift and sure: Oddicombe in south Devon. My reply largely stems from pure nostalgia – that is the seashore we might go to most summers after I was a child, throughout holidays to go to my dad’s household in Torquay. With a comfortable shingle seashore, placing 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 would like from an incredible British seashore. HC

Whitby Seashore, Whitby, Yorkshire

Whitby’s sweeping sands

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There are many causes to go to Whitby in addition to its lengthy stretches of magnificent sand and shingle seashore. The proper fish and chips for one; the wonderful “lemon high” (vanilla ice cream topped with a swirl of lemon sorbet) for one more. 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 seashore – this blue flag magnificence is good for rock pooling, paddling and bathing and has a spectacular cliff backdrop, plus a row of brightly colored seashore huts for added appeal. HC

South Financial institution, Waterloo, London

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Calling this strip of sand and pebbles – correctly seen solely at low tide – a seashore is probably pushing it somewhat. However it’s a private favorite of mine, as I held my marriage 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 seashore modifications with the seasons: in winter, the Thames appears bleakly stunning in its gunmental glory; whereas in summer season, seeing the solar bounce off the encircling buildings whereas sunbathing in a bikini is a particular sort 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 points of interest right here.Cathy Adams

Frinton-on-Sea seashore, Essex

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In case you grew up in Essex, as I did, then Frinton was the seashore to go to. Not like close by Clacton or boisterous Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton has the good sand and the quiet, family-friendly really feel – a lot in order that it’s picked up a Blue Flag award. The seashore itself is an actual looker: it sweeps right down to the ocean from a excessive coastal promenade supreme for strolling off the fish and chip lunch, and there’s a row of vibrant seashore huts I used to get pleasure from peering into as a toddler. However probably the most effective factor about this place, as my mother and father will let you know, is the free parking near the seashore. CA

Ballycastle, County Antrim

Moody greys: Even beneath cloud, Ballycastle is gorgeous

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The Bay Cafe – which overlooks the broad seashore 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 seashore with a view: the hills of County Antrim subside into the ocean – and past the tumbling cliffs, by means of 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 embody a seashore of their repertoire. Brighton and Swansea boast strips of shoreline, however are restricted of their enchantment by, respectively, shingle in Sussex and the humdrum city backdrop in South Wales. In distinction, the Granite Metropolis of Aberdeen has a formidable seashore: a large arc of sand that’s good for a pre-breakfast dip on a shiny 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 way from the simplest seashore in Britain to achieve, even in case you begin from, say, Cardiff. However wherever you start, it’s well worth the journey – with a wild, western facet 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 thus many causes – its cutting-edge Tate gallery, mind-opening Barbara Hepworth museum and probably the loveliest arrival by practice to be discovered wherever in our truthful isles. You trundle alongside on the native practice from St Erth, previous Cornwall’s big-hitter Carbis Bay and at last arrive simply above Porthminster Seashore, a swathe of vanilla-ice-cream sands hugged by tropical-looking inexperienced slopes and topped by a ritzy seashore bar. Some seashores are all in regards to 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’ll be able to’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’ll be able to discover For luxurious travellers, it’s the closest “swimming pool” for company of The Pig on the Seashore, the place you’ll be able to cease in for a gourmand lunch in case you haven’t scored a sought-after room. For naturists, there’s even a small patch the place individuals have sunbathed starkers for the reason that Twenties. Not that I’d know something about that. LT

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