While the UK might not have the exotic beaches that are seen in sunnier places around the world, you will find that we have breathtakingly beautiful coastal scenery all around the UK. Stunning coastal walking destinations can be found around every corner, allowing for rewarding picturesque walks that enable you to take in the beauty and enjoy being by the sea. So, where are some of the best coastal walks in the UK?
Old Harry Rocks, Dorset
Dorset is a fantastic place to visit for a coastal holiday, especially when you consider the historic significance of the Jurassic Coast here. Old Harry Rocks is a great way to explore the Jurassic coast as a rewarding walk stretching just over 6km offering amazing views of the Old Harry rock formations out at sea – named after a famous local pirate.
The Craster coastal walk in Northumberland is a gentle yet lengthy 15km walk taking you from the charming village of Craster through to Low Newton with many incredible sights along the way, including the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Newton Pool nature reserve is another highlight along the way that nature fans may want to check out.
Causeway Coast Way, Northern Ireland
The Causeway Coast Way spans a massive 51km, but you can break the walk down into easier-to-manage sections. Some of it can be challenging, but it is worth the effort thanks to the dramatic natural beauty on show here. One of the best walks is just under 8km taking you from Portstewart to Ballycastle allowing you to see the iconic Giant’s Causeway to Dunseverick Castle.
Quiraing, Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye offers stunningly beautiful scenery that is sometimes hard to believe is in the UK. The Quiraing to Flodigarry coastal walk is a 6km walk offering brilliant views of the dramatic coastline and rock formations. The terrain can be challenging, so you will want to have a study pair of walking shoes and be in good shape.
Anglesey is a unique island off the north coast of Wales that is ideal for those looking to spend time in nature. The 14km Holyhead coastal walk here will allow you to reach the top of Holyhead mountain (be sure to bring a camera) and this will give you amazing views of the South Stack Lighthouse.
These are just 5 of the best coastal walks that the UK has to offer. The coastline all around the UK offers mesmerizing natural beauty and the chance to get some exercise, breathe in the fresh sea air and connect with nature. Walking holidays on the coast can be hugely therapeutic, especially if you choose any of the above destinations.