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The 5 Best Beaches in the UK to Enjoy in 2014

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Woolacombe Beach by Amy Rachel Bolland, on Flickr

Guest post by Jodie Brettell

The UK offers plenty of impressive beaches featuring enchanting views, beautiful golden sands, swimming and surfing, lovely cafes and restaurants and plenty of activities to enjoy with your family and friends. These following five beaches were the top 5 in the UK from Trip Advisors 25 best beaches in Europe survey…which you can view here.
5. Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

With awe-inspiring views, beautiful beaches, lovely walks and a little train to travel around to its eastern end, Hengistbury Head is one of the greatest beaches you will find in the UK. It offers wide footpaths that make it easy to walk along the coast, even on the busier summer days, and a conveniently large parking area. Hengistbury Head is an impressive beach that’s perfect for bringing your family for a swim or taking your dog for a jog along the beautiful shores.

4. Longsands Beach, Newcastle Upon Tyne

If you’re looking for an adventurous type of beach to enjoy the day surfing, you’ll surely enjoy Longsands Beach. It offers incredible waves and gorgeous views for your pleasure. Nearby, you can see a row of beautiful Victorian terrace homes and just a short distance from the beach, you will find a great selection of traditional pubs and quaint cafes to enjoy. There is plenty of sand to enjoy with your children who will surely love exploring this fabulous beach.

3. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

Overlooking the Godrevy Lighthouse in the distance, Porthminster Beach is a lovely small beach to bring your family to enjoy the gorgeous golden sands and clean, turquoise blue ocean amongst the clearest in the UK. There are plenty of delightful restaurants to stop at such as the Porthminster Café  and places to rent beach accessories. Set between cliffs at either end and near the town of St. Ives, Porthminster Beach offers convenient access to the nearby railway station for easy travels to and from the beach.

2. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon

This beauty features a fantastic stretch of beach which is kept to the highest standard. Carefully manicured and cleaned each day by hand and machine, Woolacombe Beach is a very popular spot for both surfing and swimming and is an excellent retreat for families. There is plenty of parking, lovely cafes and shops to visit and dozens of colourful huts available to rent out. There’s great accommodation close to the beach with the likes of Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks being popular with family holidays in Devon. The busiest section of the beach does not allow dogs, but there are specific areas that allow you to bring your dogs to enjoy the beach and even a specialized spot that allow them to run free.

1. Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales

If you’re in the area, you surely won’t want to miss out on this gem! Rhossili Bay is what travellers voted for on Trip Advisor as the number one best beach in the UK. With its massive expanse of incredible sand and breathtaking scenery, you definitely want to take the time to visit this treasure. View the magnificent wildlife that surrounds this incredible bay and if you’re adventurous, enjoy a spot if surfing.

Post in collaboration with Woolacombe bay Holiday Parks

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