Headspace and downtime are two of the things that help us heal and grow; yet they are often things we struggle to get enough of.
There's plenty you can do to help at home like dedicating some time to meditation
or perfecting your posture
, but the I think there's no better idea than planning an escape to one of the beautiful beaches dotted around the UK. And there are lots! Read on to find one near you.
The UK's Best Beaches
Watergate Bay, Newquay
Cliffs, caves and a whole two miles of golden sand are the hallmarks of this spot. Newquay is renowned for its surf scene so if you're feeling energetic, give it a go at one of the surf schools like Extreme Academy
. If you'd rather something more relaxing, take a breather on the beach or potter around town.
Stopping over? Watergate Bay
is actually on the beach so you don’t have to go far at all.
People watch and snack at: The Beach Hut
. Good for long lunches, coffee and sunset watching.
Holkham & Wells Beaches, Norfolk
Famed for featuring in the film Shakespeare In Love, there's a lot to Holkham's
stretch of golden sands. The beach is vast, and there’s a nearby reserve where you’ll discover plenty of flowers, wildlife and an intriguing purple haze of sea lavender.
Neighbouring Wells beach
is a great place to sit and watch the world go by - literally. When the tide goes out, the sand stretches for miles, and when it comes back in it’s all change; yachts and fishing boats return with their catches to what’s become a bustling harbour.
Good to know:
both beaches follow a Coastal Code
to protect their unspoilt sands. Give it a read before you’re on your way there.
Achaidh Mhoir Beach, Scotland
This little hideaway is on the west coast of Scotland, ten minutes walk from the equally breath-taking Silver Sands of Morar
. A couple of years ago I spent a few days travelling the west coast with family and I was absolutely stunned by how beautiful it is.
Surprisingly, you can easily get to what's essentially a series of secluded beaches by road or rail (the train stop you want is Morar). And don't be taken in by Scotland's widespread reputation for bad weather; when the sunshine beats down on these sandy beaches and their hilly surroundings, it's an experience that really stays with you.
Stay at Camusdarach
, a family run campsite with another beach to explore.
Botany Bay, Broadstairs, Kent
Not too far from London (under two hours), lies the idyllic seafront
that will make a refreshing swap from Brighton if you live in London.
The curving beach is framed with striking chalk cliffs and is often deserted so it's a really tranquil place. Go for a swim, look for fossils and check out the rock pools - or pub - nearby.
Good to know:
dogs are only allowed before 10am and after 6pm from May to September.
Marloes Sands, Wales
Seabirds, seals and space are just some of the highlights of this Welsh National Trust
site. There are lots of walks for all ages and abilities, or you can simply sit on the beach and admire its Iron Age landscape and jagged volcanic rocks.
My top tip
is not to forget a pair of binoculars. There’s a lot of wildlife to look out for, including seal pups around the beaches and deer on the rocks.
Hire an ocean view cottage
and try some of the locally caught fish at The Lobster Pot Inn
Have you discovered somewhere similar or been to one of the beaches I mentioned? Get in touch via the comments box below.