It’s Official – Spring is here

20th March, and Spring is here! With warmer weather and longer days, spring invites us to reconnect with the outdoors. Whether it’s a leisurely walk on the beach, a vigorous coast path hike through blooming spring flowers, or simply sitting outside to enjoy the fresh air, engaging with nature has profound benefits for our physical and mental well-being.

I love a Spring visit to the coast. The beaches still don’t have the summer crowds or the seasonal dog restrictions, which, as a dog owner, makes the beach choices even better. Also, as a keen amateur photographer, I know the light can be spectacular as you don’t have harsh, bright skies during the day.

While UK beaches may not offer the warmest temperatures in early spring, the water is still cold, but you get stunning landscapes, wildlife, and unique coastal experiences. Here are several UK beaches I think are perfect for a springtime visit:

1. St. Ives, Cornwall

St. Ives is a picturesque seaside town known for its beautiful beaches, such as Porthmeor Beach, which are ideal for surfing and coastal walks. Spring in Cornwall can be delightful, with milder temperatures and the opportunity to see the coastline start to bloom. The town also boasts a vibrant arts scene, including the Tate St. Ives.

2. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Scotland

For those willing to venture further, Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris offers breathtaking white sands and turquoise waters, often with snow-capped mountains in the background during early spring. The area’s remote beauty is perfect for those seeking tranquillity and natural scenery.

3. Rhossili Bay, Wales

Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula, is renowned for its expansive sandy beach and stunning cliffside walks. Spring is a great time to explore the area without the summer crowds, enjoy the beginning of the wildflower season, and possibly catch a glimpse of seals along the coast.

4. Alnmouth, Northumberland

Alnmouth Beach offers wide, sandy shores with dunes and is a fantastic spot for birdwatching, especially in spring when migratory species can be spotted. The quaint village of Alnmouth provides a charming backdrop for a beach visit, with local shops and cafes to explore.

5. Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable is ideal for those looking for a combination of beach and culture. Known for its oysters, the town comes to life in spring with seafood festivals and maritime activities. The beach is pebbly but offers beautiful sunsets and a working harbour with a great atmosphere.

6. Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Often listed among the UK’s most beautiful beaches, Barafundle Bay is accessible only by a scenic 10-minute walk from the nearest car park, ensuring its unspoiled beauty. Spring visits mean fewer crowds and the surrounding woodland and cliffs begin to bloom.

7. Bamburgh, Northumberland

With its dramatic views of Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh Beach offers a stunning setting for beach walks. The area is also rich in history and offers plenty of opportunities for exploration, including the nearby Farne Islands, known for their puffin colonies.

Still not sure where to go? Check out our search tools for ideas, or ask Radar for suggestions.

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