The best beach routes in the UK

Posted on 15/07/2016

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! And the middle of summer is the perfect time to pack your swimsuit, dig out your garish beach towel and head to the beach – especially with the two-week heatwave due to bless the coastline from this weekend. So pick your best route and go for a paddle!


1. Dover Seafront and Cliffs, Bleroit, Dover (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 4.9 miles
By Glenn Hatfield

A walk through Dover town, passing the main sights such as the Prince of Wales and the statement white cliffs. Stay along the promenade or move to the sandy beach to get a great view of the chalk rocks. Definitely a great way to spend a warm summer’s day.

Best for: Cliff climbers

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2. Ilfracombe to Woolacombe, North Devon (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 7.96 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine 

Starting in the harbour, follow the route and cut away into the cliffs. Keep an eye out for hand carved tunnels from 18th Century smuggling days that lead you from the coast to a tidal Victorian bathing pool. Follow the coast all the way along, passing through the small village of Lee and back to the shoreline at Lantern Hill.

Best for: History lovers

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3. Druridge Bay, Northumberland (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.68 miles
By BBC Countryfile

Take a walk along the coast in Northumberland with sights of the stretch of dunes and unbroken sandy beaches. With a wide variety of wildlife to spot, this route has a lot to look out for and really flourishes in the summertime.

Best for: Bird watchers

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4. Beach Ride via Hunstanton, Norfolk (Horse Riding) (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 11.33 miles
By Petra Studholme

Saddle up along the coastline with a long and gentle ride through Hunstanton and Holmes. This route is great for those who want to take the long stretch and soak up the beautiful countryside. Make the most of the cool water in the summer heat and take a detour into the sea for a splash around.

Best for: Horseback travellers

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5. Undiscovered Formby, Sefton (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 2.88 miles
By National Trust

Discover more of Formby and take an evening walk along the coast for a stunning view of the sunset. This route has a mixture of surfaces and some steep climbs when at the sand dunes, but it’s worth it to uncover the scenic hidden secrets, including prehistoric footprints.

Best for: Explorers

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6. Bryer, Isles of Scilly (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 4.17 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine 

A route around the outskirts of Bryer, following the coastline the whole way. This is a beautiful beach with pretty blue waters. A great way to discover the Cornish island and see what it has to offer.

Best for: Island travellers 

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