• Devon, Dorset and Cornwall beaches voted as some of the best in the country
  • Discover five favourite activities to enjoy on UK beaches, whatever the weather 
  • Check with your home insurance provider whether your personal items are covered if they go missing at the beach  

Reviews on the popular travel site, TripAdvisor, prove that you don’t need to go abroad this summer to enjoy time on a beautiful beach.

For the second year in a row, Woolacombe beach in Devon has been named best of the beaches, thanks to its three mile stretch of golden sands and “a rolling, unbroken surf which makes it the ideal hotspot for surfers”.

The top 10 beaches in the UK, according to TripAdvisor reviews, are:

  1. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon
  2. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset
  3. St Brelade's Bay Beach, St Brelade, Jersey
  4. Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Swansea
  5. Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
  6. Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
  7. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
  8. Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall
  9. Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset
  10. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris

Even though our beaches may be beautiful, the weather in the UK often isn’t. So we’ve put together our top five activities to enjoy on British beaches, come rain or shine. 

Stand-up paddle boarding

Quickly gaining in popularity, Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun sport to try if you’re at the beach and want to enjoy an activity in the sea. You don’t need to be particularly strong or fit but you do need to have good balance and patience – you’re bound to fall in the water a lot to start with! Read this helpful guide if you’re keen to try SUP boarding this summer. 

Sunbathing, swimming and building sandcastles

Even if it’s overcast and five degrees in mid-July, Brits will always head to the beach, clad in vest tops and shorts, to enjoy our Great British beaches. These beautiful coastal spots are the perfect place to enjoy a spot of sunbathing, a splash in the sea and a sandcastle building competition. Not to mention, fighting off chip-thieving seagulls and getting sand in your ‘99’.

Surfing

You don’t have to travel to Australia to ride some decent waves. Parts of Britain offer some of the best conditions for surfing in the world. Cornwall and West Wales generally have some of the best waves, making the beaches there extremely popular. If you fancy yourself as the next great surfing superstar but have never been on a board, you could head to Britain’s 6th loveliest beach and get some lessons at the Fistral Beach surf school.

Metal detecting

What could you find on the beach, armed with just a metal detector and a magpie’s ability to spot shiny objects? Treasure hunters have found all sorts on Britain’s beaches; one metal detector even found an 18ct lump of gold, worth £600, on the shore of a Devon beach. Anyone can metal detect on Britain’s foreshores but before you invest in all the gear, you will need to apply for a free permit on the Crown Estate website.

Fossil hunting

If you’re looking for an unusual beach activity, visit Lyme Regis in Dorset, home to World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coastline. Keen-eyed visitors to the beach have found a huge variety of pre-historic fossils, including giant ammonites, fish skeletons and even dinosaur remains! 

Leave nothing behind but memories

But no trip to the beach would be complete without something being left behind on the sand! Holidaymakers are most likely to lose smaller possessions like mobile phones, tablets (e.g. an iPad or Kindle), jewellery, watches and designer sunglasses after a day on the beach.  

Happily, you don’t need to take out a travel insurance policy to cover items that are lost or stolen while you’re enjoying time on UK beaches. Most insurers will offer personal possessions cover for items you take away from the home. 

Before you head to the beach, check your contents insurance policy to see if personal possessions is included as standard on your policy or is an optional extension to your cover.