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FRIDAY, 2ND SEPTEMBER 2011
Best Beaches in England

Think bracing breezes and gunmetal seas are all that the English coastline has to offer? Drag yourself back from the Mediterranean summer daydream, because England too boasts azure waters, caramel sands and hidden coves to rival any Iberian idyll!

Our very own English Riviera combines the palm tree promenades and turquoise surf of tropical standard within Torquay, along with reclusive, quaint towns, set within undulating cliff faces at Brixham. Club 18-30 calibre nightlife can be found down on the seven miles of sandy Bournemouth beach, while ardent nature lovers will find flocks of feathered species at stunning Marsden Bay, South Shields. Best of all, such beauty doesn't just exist off the beaten track!

 

logan rock, cornwall - flckr - FuturePresent | cláudia gabriela marques vieiraRock, Cornwall.
The Cornwall coast. Probably the closest in comparable beauty you could get to the pristine platinum beaches and azure waters of a desert island, except, it's right here in the holiday capital of South Western England. Situated smack bang opposite Padstow on the Camel Estuary, Rock benefits from sheltered waters and plenty of beautiful mooring space - the reason why the sophisticated beach retreat attracts innumerable celebrities and Royals each year. Rock's beach presents a mile long stretch of powdery dunes that gently slope to meet the placid clear surf -  prime waters for gentle sailing, kayaking and snorkeling. Cornwall cottages.

 

Durdle Door - flckr - montpelierDurdle Door, Dorset.
Famed for the giant Purbeck limestone archway, that rises spectacularly above the choppy Dorset waters; Durdle Door is as much for scenery, as it is for bathing and browning in the sun. The swathe of sandy beach that falls away from the 'Door' is as smooth and fine as any you'd find abroad, and Dorset's turquoise waters are renowned for their warmth. Just to the East of the 'Door' lies the little more rugged Man O' War rocks and beach - popular with rock-pooling children. Find cottages in Dorset.

 

 

Long Sands - flckr - AkuppaTynemouth Long Sands, Tyne and Wear.
Stretching half a mile from the ruggedly precarious rocks of King Edward's Bay, to the stunning dunes of Cullercoats; Tynemouth Long Sands represents one of England's cleanest, and well-kept beaches. Having maintained 'Blue Flag' status for several consecutive years, Long Sands can also boast top ten place within several prestigious 'Best Beach' U.K listings. The gentle swell of the surf is also great for beginner and intermediate surfers. Find a holiday home in Tyne and Wear.

 

 

R0011478 - flckr - richardrichardHunstanton, Norfolk.
The majestic, yet highly unusual red and white striped cliffs at Hunstanton prompt many an artist to seek out this popular seaside town, just for the vistas and photo opportunities. The eroded shingle afoot Hunstanton's cliffs provides an excellent area for seeking out shark's teeth, plant and seashell fossils, many being millions of years old. Hunstanton's broad sandy beaches make for excellent bathing and sports ground, while the West facing aspect influences some of the most beautiful sunsets to be found anywhere along the Norfolk coast. Hunstanton lives up to the English seaside stereotype with an array of vibrant fun fairs, promenades and souvenir shops, just waiting to be explored. Looking for somewhere to stay in Norfolk.

 

West Kirby Beach, The Wirral.
It might only be 300 metres in length, but what West Kirby Beach lacks in size, it most certainly makes up for in beauty and personality; with swathes of sand dunes on either side of the guarded beach. Crystalline waters and an exhaustive list of water-sports opportunities have swayed the popularity of this Merseyside gem, coupled with it's recent inclusion within the Marine Conservation Society's top list, of cleanest beaches in the U.K.  For Cheshire cottages.

 

POSTED BY: LISA
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