With the Easter break lingering tantalisingly around the corner, our minds are already starting to wander to a bit of time off. Yet while many of us will have booked up week-long breaks or holidays abroad, there’s plenty to be enjoyed by the last minute crowd, too, as Britain is not short of beauty award-winning beaches!
If you’re looking for a last minute half-term escape, then take inspiration from our handy guide to the top five beaches across the UK – perfect for soaking up that early Spring sun. Or, book now for an autumn timeshare break for a battery-charging long weekend before winter sets in again.
1) Pentle Bay, Tresco, Isles of Scilly
As you cross Tresco Island’s lush green landscape and wander through sandy grass, you’ll be greeted by this beautiful beach. Boasting pure white sands and turquoise ocean dotted with islands, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away. However, if you dare to go for a dip, you’ll instantly remember you’re in Britain.
2) Studland Bay, Dorset
With four miles of unspoiled sand and a backdrop of dunes and beautiful heathland, Studland Bay is not to be missed. The northern stretch of beach, easily reached by chain ferry, has a desert island feel to it, although the southern Knoll Beach is perfect for holidaying families.
3) West Wittering, Sussex
If you’re looking to escape the world, take a trip down the long, narrow road to the Witterings from Chichester. This open stretch of sand overlooks the Solent and Chichester harbour and has some fantastic pools for paddling. Meanwhile, the more active can enjoy a spot of windsurfing, or you can hike to East Head, a remote sand-dune spit at the mouth of the harbour.
4) Bamburgh, Northumberland
Overlooked by the breath-taking Bamburgh Castle, this wild and rugged stretch of coastline is sure to take your breath away. There’s plenty of clear seas and white sands to enjoy, while on a clear day you can see out to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands.
5) Luskentyre, Outer Hebrides
Tucked away at the end of a winding road on the wild Isle of Harris, this long stretch of bright white sand feels more like the Maldives thanks to its azure waters.