Find the nearest Beaches
Planning a trip to the UK and Ireland coast and looking for where the nearest beach is, our beach lists will help you discover the nearest beach to me. Then for each beach, we will answer questions around location, rural or town, sandy or pebble, rockpools, tide times, weather forecast, dog restrictions, bathing water quality, closest beach cafes and provide general information on the beach and its facilities.
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- Newton’s Cove is a small cove between the main Weymouth beach and Portland Harbour, next to the Nothe Fort. The cove is a mix of sand, shingle and rock pools. No facilities at the beach although car park, toilets and cafe near the entrance to the Nothe Fort. After parking, you can walk through Nothe Gardens to the promenade and along to the beach at Newton’s Cove.
- Fairbourne beach is on the opposite side of the Mawddach Estuary to Barmouth, the beach is a 5 km stretch of sand that is backed by a large embankment of pebbles. At the north end of the beach you have the Mawddach Estuary, whilst the south is backed by steep cliffs. Popular windsurfing and kitesurfing location due to plenty of space on this large beach. Facilities include parking, toilets, shops and food options.
- Porthcurno Beach is a beautiful white sand, southeast facing beach in the western corner of the very lovely Porthcurno Bay. The beach has some protection by the cliffs on either side but the beach has a deep shelf into the sea at high tide that adults would find a challenge and so care must be taken with children. Facilities at the beach include car park, toilets, cafe and lifeguard patrols during the summer, with access to the beach along a hard path through the trees from the car park. This is a popular location as we would also suggest a visit to the Minack Theatre in the cliffs to the west and if you have time to the east Pedn Vounder Beach and the famous Logan Rock. This popularity does mean the car park can get very busy as a number of visitors use it to visit the theatre and museum rather than spending the day on the beach.
- Seafield beach is a sandy beach with rock pools and some grass areas in a quiet area to the south of Kirkcaldy. The beach looks out into the Firth of Forth and if you are lucky you will see some seals on the rocks. Facilities at the beach include car parking but you can also walk from Kirkcaldy.
- Gwbert-on-Sea is a small cliff top coastal hamlet and is within the Ceredigion Heritage Coast located just a few miles North of Cardigan. This stretch of coast has a few small sand/rocky beaches that can be accessed from the coast path along the cliff top and rocky headland. Limited parking with just a small area south of the village. Access to the beaches is from the coast path and you have a cafe and bar in Gwbert.
- Paignton Sands is ideal for families as the beach has a shallow sea ideal for paddling. Behind the sands and the promenade is Paignton Green, a broad sweep of grass that stretches right down to the harbour and is ideal if you want to come of the beach for a picnic. Full facilities of Paignton with variety of amusements, pier and choice of shops and cafes and pedalos/boat hire.
- Pentreath pebble beach below cliffs, although there is sand at low tide, but all but disappears at high tide. This beach is usually quiet as you have to walk to get to it. No facilities or parking need to walk from the Lizard village or downhill from the car park above Kynance Cove.
- Cemlyn Bay is a bay on the northwest coast of Anglesey to the west of Wylfa nuclear power station. The beach is pebble and has sand as the tide goes out, but most people don’t visit for the beach but what lies behind it. Separated from the beach is a brackish lagoon, which is fed by a number of small streams. A weir at the western (Bryn Aber) end of the beach regulates the lagoon’s water level. The site is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is currently part of the Anglesey Heritage Coast and the Isle of Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Cemlyn estate is owned by the National Trust; the lagoon and its immediate surrounds comprise Cemlyn Nature Reserve (25.2 ha in extent, set up in 1971 and leased by the North Wales Wildlife Trust). Car parks at either end of the Cemlyn Bay and the Anglesey Coastal Path passes through the bay.
- Hythe beach, is a large pebble beach backed by a concrete promenade. You have three stretches of beach:The main beach stretches from Twiss Road, along West Parade until you reach Fisherman’s Beach. Fisherman’s beach is a working beach where the boats are kept on the beach and you have a fish mongers cafe that sells local catch of the day. The fisherman were granted the right to maintain boats on the beach in the 15th century, a right confirmed by Elizabeth 1st when creating the Cinque Ports in return for providing crews for the “Men of War” that fought in the battle against the Spanish Armada. Foreshore beach is closed when the MOD Hythe firing range is active. When the range is not in use, the public may walk the foreshore path from Fisherman’s beach to the Redoubt at Tankerton Beach. The beach has steps and some ramps from the promenade and although the pebble area at the top is wide you do have a steep slope down to the water and/or low tide part of the beach. Hythe beach is zoned, with swimming and boat launch areas. Personal craft can be launched at the Smugglers Slipway, 450m to the East of Twiss Road, whilst motorized craft can be launched at the Battery Point Slipway, 2,200m East of Twiss Road. Midway along West Parade you have the Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club. Parking on the road and a small pay and display car park. Cafe and restaurant on the concrete promenade backing onto the beach. Toilets have disabled facilities (open Easter to October).
- Lantivet Bay beaches are a collection of small coves with white sandy beaches but are all difficult to get to. No facilities, selection of National Trust car parks in the area but then short walks to the beaches. We have no dog information for Lantivet Bay beach.
- Lee-on-Solent Beach is a shingle beach in a quiet town but does offers a lot of watersports. Whether you’re swimming, sailing, canoeing, surfing, fishing or jet skiing this beach is for you. There is a promenade to walk and a lovely open cliff top walk from the Angling Clubs car park. Parking is good but there is no lifeguard cover. Facilities include parking, shops, restaurant, cafe, toilets, slipway and children’s play area.