Beaches

The best bit about going on holiday! There's nothing quite like being beside the seaside, especially if you live inland. Lucky for us, there's lots and lots of coastline around the South and West, so we've plenty to talk about when it comes to the best beaches.

Secret Places in Cornwall

Discover some of Cornwall’s off the beaten track treasures and unusual hidden places away from the crowds. Explore its lesser-known destinations with our guide to Secret Cornwall.

Elizabeth Dale

Storm watching in Cornwall

Autumn and winter are wonderful seasons to enjoy Cornwall’s more rugged and wild side. Here are the best spots for storm watching across the county.

Silvia Lowe

Beaches in Falmouth

Falmouth is a beautiful and bustling coastal town, enveloped by idyllic beaches. Here’s a guide to the beaches both in and neighbouring Falmouth.

Abby D

The best swimming beaches in Cornwall

Cornwall is brimming with beautiful beaches for a dip. Here's a list of the best beaches for swimming, as well as what else you can discover at each one.

Dominique Adams

Beaches in St Ives

St Ives has to be one of the most loved Cornish towns and the beaches are the main attraction. Here’s a guide to the options both in and neighbouring St Ives.

Silvia Lowe

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

An everything you need to know guide about dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall so you can plan your days out with the pooch!

Hannah Denby

The Surf Beach Bar, Sennen

For a welcoming drink, breakfast, lunch or dinner this is the place to be. It’s perfectly placed for a day on the beach, ideal if you are walking the Cornish coastal path (and you can bring your dog too) or conveniently placed if you arrive by car as the main car park is next door.

Liz Arnell

Relax in Cornwall with Yoga in Newquay

For the first time in a long time I was able to fully shut out all those niggling worries and racing thoughts swirling around my mind. It was total bliss.

Sadie Phillips

Things to do in Porthleven

Once a quiet harbour village on the south coast of Cornwall, Porthleven is a growing hotspot for visitors to the county who have a zest for all things food and the Great Outdoors.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Burnham-on-Sea

The town has one of the longest stretches of sand in Europe with seven miles of glorious beaches including the beautiful locations of Brean Down and the famous Lighthouse spot.

Tasha H

Searching for sea glass with Pebbletastic

Read about the creation of sea glass jewellery and pictures by Heidi Reynolds, founder of Pebbletastic. She also includes some top tips on where to find sea glass in Cornwall.

Heidi Reynolds

Best Swimming Beaches in the South West

If you’re coming to the South West and can’t wait to get into the water, this is the list for you. We’ve compiled a list of the best beaches to go swimming so you can get straight into the action.

Lizzie Heather

Fistral beach review

A popular surfing beach in Newquay, it's easy to see why locals love an every day wander along the golden sands with their dog in tow.

Abby D

Holidays in Wembury

Managed by the National Trust, Wembury is a seaside village with a prominent beach that's perfect for rock-pooling.

Philip Eley

Things to do in Falmouth

A holiday in Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a day out in the historic harbour town of Falmouth. Sitting just south of Truro, Falmouth isn’t too far off the beaten track and makes for a great day out.

Kayleigh Hardy

Sennen beach review

Swathes of golden sand with blue waters and a popular beach bar and restaurant, Sennen Cove has an amazing beach that’s a hidden Cornish gem.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Bude

Voted the Best UK Coastal Resort at the British Travel Awards in 2015 and 2016, Bude has lots of things to do. Visit for your holiday or simply a day out while staying in one of our Cornwall cottages.

Abby D

Things to do in Seaview

On the east of the Isle of Wight, Seaview is a great spot for family holidays on the beach, romantic ocean vistas and maybe even an ice cream or two.

Kayleigh Hardy

Ventnor beach review

A sheltered cove with golden sands and lots of amenities; what's not to like here?

Liz Arnell

Broadsands beach review

One of the most popular beaches in The English Riviera. Welcome to the grand golden sands of Broadsands.

Philip Eley

Top Walks in the West Country

Whether to wear out the kids, or to rediscover alone time together, here are a few of our favourite walks in the South West.

Katie Chown

A country park dog walk in Hampshire

For a truly diverse day out with your dog, with walks galore, head over to Netley’s Royal Victoria Country Park when on holiday in Hampshire.

Kylie Barton

Shanklin beach review

Along the east side of the Isle of Wight, Shanklin beach and esplanade is a place for dog-walking, sandcastle building and a good old-fashioned day at the beach.

Liz Arnell

Porlock Weir beach review

Not far from the popular holiday destination, Minehead, lies the quieter stony beach of Porlock Weir. This is a peaceful spot for couples who love long walks by the sea.

Ruth J

Poole beach review

There's so much more to Poole beach than simply sand and sea. Join our writer, Becky, on an adventure around this Dorset holiday hot spot.

Becky Bye

East Cowes beach review

This shingle beach is a charming, quiet little spot if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Anmarie Bowler

Sandown beach review

A visit to the Isle of Wight would not be complete without a stroll along the golden sands of Sandown beach.

Liz Arnell

Watergate Bay beach review

The vast golden sands of Watergate Bay spread out round the corner from Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall.

Abby D

Family friendly walk around Fort Victoria

Get a breath of fresh air with a family walk along the beach and through the woods near Yarmouth. This dog friendly beach means every member of your clan can enjoy the Great Outdoors of the Isle of Wight.

Kayleigh Hardy

Beaches of the New Forest

We decided to work our way back along the beaches of the south coast despite it being a somewhat dreary looking February day

Faye

Dunster beach review

A mystical setting on the edge of the Exmoor hills, Dunster beach makes you feel like you've stepped into a children's storybook.

Ruth J

Polridmouth beach review

Find beachside seclusion at this secret spot that welcomes dogs all year round - welcome to Polridmouth.

Abby D

Places to eat in St Ives

From fresh St Ives crab to local baked pasties, barbecued burgers to fresh fish from the days catch, you'll find a myriad of choice on the cobbled streets of St Ives.

Liz Arnell

Lyme Regis beach review

Follow Becky's fond memories of growing up by the sea in Lyme Regis as we explore this popular Dorset beach.

Becky Bye

Exmouth beach review

Exmouth beach is ideal for a day of classic activities like sandcastle-building, paddling and eating ice creams.

Philip Eley

Exploring Bedruthan Steps beach 

A golden, sandy beach on the north coast of Cornwall, entangled with a legend about a giant. This is a dog friendly place to go for a walk on the beach while enjoying the Cornish countryside.

Abby D

St Helens beach review

If you've been to the Isle of Wight but never visited St Helens beach then make sure it's on your list of places to visit.

Liz Arnell

Oddicombe beach review

Fancy yourself an expert stone-skimmer? Try your hand and test your skills down at Oddicombe beach in Devon.

Philip Eley

Grand Pier beach review

A great beach for sandcastle-building and a family friendly day out, welcome to Grand Pier beach.

Ruth J

Studland beach review

Surrounding a national nature reserve stretching from Old Harry Rocks to Poole Harbour, this stretch of coast is perfect for those who love spending time on the water.

Becky Bye

Milford-on-Sea beach review

A pebbly beach might not be your first choice for a seaside holiday, but don't overlook Milford-on-Sea.

Katie Chown

Gyllyngvase Beach review

A small but busy beach close to Falmouth. Great location for a quick walk or a whole day of swimming, kayaking, sun-bathing, paddle boarding and general beach fun.

Kayleigh Hardy

Uphill beach review

A slightly wilder cousin than a sister to the polished perfection of Weston-Super-Mare's Grand Pier.

Ruth J

How to Spot a Rip Current

It’s best to familiarise yourself with the dangers that come with swimming in the sea so that you can stay safe and happy - how to spot a rip current is important.

Lizzie Heather

10 Top Isle of Wight Beaches

In no particular order, we've been exploring hidden beaches, best beaches and Blue Flag beaches to bring you this Isle of Wight beach guide of our Top Ten.

Liz Arnell

Freshwater Bay

A beach profile for this West Wight beach, just around the corner from the iconic Needles.

Liz Arnell

Ryde Beach

Called Ryde beach by visitors or Appley beach by the locals, this north coast beach is perfect for a coastal walk on the Isle of Wight.

Liz Arnell

St Piran's Day in Cornwall

Celebrate St Piran's Day and all things Cornwall by visiting our favourite St Piran-related places in the county. Now all you need is a cream tea and you'll be proper Cornish - jam then cream, please.

Kayleigh Hardy

Dog walks in the South Hams

South Hams is one of the most beautiful areas in Devon. It’s got everything for dogs: beaches, hills, woods, streams and pretty villages.

Philip Eley

Classic plastic-free beach clean mission

Who will ever forget the truly heart-breaking scenes in Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet II, showing a turtle trapped and helpless in floating plastic?

Philippa Penney

Top tips for a UK beach holiday

We know beach holidays pretty well so we’ve gathered together some of our best hints and tips and put them in one handy blog for you.

Kayleigh Hardy

Top 5 Christmas cocktails in Cornwall

Fancy a festive tipple or two? The lights are up, the Bublé Christmas album is on and the celebrations are starting all over Cornwall as the festive season gets into full swing.

Sadie Phillips

Sea Glass and Dogs at Yaverland

Isle of Wight dog walks at Yaverland don't come prettier than this one filled with sparkling sea glass for beach wanderers.

Liz Arnell

Best places to fish in Hampshire

Fishing can be a great day out for families, couples, parent and child, or even solo. Whether you are new to the activity, or you have brought all your gear on holiday with you, there is something for everyone here in Hampshire.

Kylie Barton

Pizza and sea views on Fistral Beach

Pizza, cider and a sea view. For good food in Cornwall, The Stable in Newquay caters for everyone, from kids to vegans and it's right on the beach.

Abby D

Hidden places to go in the English Riviera

The English Riviera is a large area with lots of beautiful beaches and many interesting houses to explore, but sometimes visitors might want to escape from the crowds and get off the beaten track. So, here is my guide to beautiful hidden places in the English Riviera.

Philip Eley

Things to do in Beer

Beer may be small but there are lots of things to do to keep everyone entertained. From beach days to places to eat and entertainment, it makes a great day out in Dorset or Devon.

Becky Bye

Things to do in Shaldon

Shaldon is a fantastic village facing an attractive estuary with a small village charm but also a good range of shops, pubs and cafes. It lies in a sheltered valley and stares out at the larger town of Teignmouth which it is connected to by a bridge and a ferry.

Philip Eley

Things to do in Looe

Want bucket loads of seaside charm? Head to Looe! Whether you decide to base yourself here, or pop over for a day trip, there are plenty of things to do to keep you busy here.

Abby D

Food vans of Cornwall

Peckish? Stuck in the beautiful wilderness of Cornwall? Don’t panic. There may be a fantastic food truck just around the corner. 

Kayleigh Hardy

Woodfired at West

St Ives is home to some of the greats. It’s currently the home of one of my personal greats; the Woodfired Canteen team. Find out what the fuss is about at their latest pop up on Porthmeor beach.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Seaton

With its pebble beach, easy-going vibe, and many interesting days out and attractions nearby, Seaton is a good place for a family holiday, a walking holiday or an activity holiday.

Philip Eley

Free things to do with children in Torbay

There are lots of great places to visit, and exciting things to do, which won’t cost anything apart from some parking fees. Here is my list of 10 free things to do in Torbay with children.

Philip Eley

A pretty walk to Steephill Cove

A hidden gem with calm waters and golden sands, perfect for a quiet afternoon out in the sunshine while on holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Liz Arnell

Bude in September

Plan a September stay in north Cornwall to soak up the last of the summer sunshine before we head into the cosy nights of autumn.

Kayleigh Hardy

West Bay, Dorset

A winning day out with all the family, West Bay in Dorset has golden cliffs, beautiful beaches, award-worthy play areas and even a harbour for crabbing.

Katie Chown

Crabbing in West Bay

We swooped in and took over a vast expanse of sea wall with multiple seawater buckets, miles of tangled string, and a stinking bag of bacon, dried whitebait and squid. West Bay is a family favourite for crabbing competitions.

Emma L

Things to do in Dawlish

Dawlish is a seaside town in south east Devon with a gentle air of sophistication yet still a great place for traditional bucket and spade holidays. With both Dawlish and Dawlish Warren full of ideas for a fun break, here is my guide of things to do in Dawlish.

Philip Eley

Things to do in Lulworth Cove

If you’re after a coastal day out in Dorset, but fancy something a little more adventurous than Lyme Regis or Swanage, then Lulworth Cove is for you.

Becky Bye

Best Dog Friendly Places in Dorset

One of the best things about holidaying in Dorset is long walks that end up in a cosy pub – and it’s just not the same if you don’t take your four-legged friend with you. Luckily we have some of the best dog-friendly cottages in Dorset.

Amanda Tomlin

5 Dog friendly beaches in south Devon

Devon is a fabulous place for dogs, with many wide-open spaces for running around in. So, which beaches in South Devon are the most dog-friendly?

Philip Eley

Things to do in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight

A holiday in Shanklin is the perfect bucket-and-spade seafront experience. Full of fun for all the family, it’s the quintessential beach resort destination, but in an idyllic setting on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight.

Katie Chown

Things to do in Weston-super-Mare

With a perfect mix of culture, heritage and adventure, Weston-super-Mare is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy a slice of traditional beach fun paired with an abundance of things to do.

Tasha H

Things to do in St Austell

When you think of a typical Cornish holiday, you probably won’t think of St Austell. But this historic town is well worth a wander and offers plenty of things to do as well as fantastic access to some of the best beaches in the whole county.

Abby D

Things to do in Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge is an attractive market town in its own right, but it is most often seen as a good base from which to explore the spectacular surrounding area of South Hams.

Philip Eley

Things to do in Teignmouth

Teignmouth has the nostalgic charm of a Victorian seaside town, with its pier, lido and large houses, but there’s a lot more to this interesting town than that, so here’s my guide to things to do in Teignmouth.

Philip Eley

Things to do in Watchet

The pretty harbour village of Watchet offers a charming holiday experience in West Somerset. During the summer it is a hive of activity with the winter months in contrast proving a quiet and tranquil ambiance. For a little town, there’s plenty going on, so I’ve picked some of my highlights for a day out in Watchet.

Tasha H

Visit Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is one of the few places in the UK where you could get away with a relaxed approach to holidaymaking. From the centre of the Island you are never more than half an hour from the sea, and you'll find family friendly bays, beaches and coves scattered all over. There are lots of things to do on a visit to the Isle of Wight.

Robbie L

Things to do in Torquay

Torquay has been a fashionable seaside resort since the early 19th century with some fabulous beaches and many interesting historical houses alongside its shops and cafes.

Philip Eley

Things to do in Fowey

Set on the south coast, Fowey is a maritime lover’s paradise. The smart nautical town hugs the west side of the Fowey estuary, where deep waters attract sailing fans. The town itself is a mix of enchantingly narrow streets and a mix of architecture including historic medieval, grand Georgian and Victorian buildings.

Abby D

Spring dog walk at Kilve Beach

With fields and fossils, Kilve beach is a prime location for keeping your furry friend entertained whilst enjoying the natural history of Somerset.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in the Lizard

Explore the wild and beautiful Lizard Peninsula and revive the senses, before returning to your very own home-from-home in a luxury holiday cottage.

Lizzie Heather

Poldark places

A round up of locations where Aidan has been filming plus the trailer for season two, just for info's sake...

Katie Chown

Charlestown harbour

Charlestown is immediately recognisable to fans of Poldark as the harbour in the series. The joy of it as a location is that they’ve hardly had to change much at all.

Philip Eley

A day in Kingsand and Cawsand

Kingsand and Cawsand are twin seafront villages on The Rame Peninsula in Cornwall. They have a rich fishing (and smuggling!) heritage and you can still spot the old fish cellars and stores along the coast.

Abby D

Blood Moons and Dark Sky Tourism

When on holiday, consider a slightly different point of view. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and come and check out the latest in night-time activities.

Lizzie Heather

Wild Swimming in Devon

Swimming – it's the most natural of activities, yet so many people only ever do it in the most unnatural of locations.

Pat Kinsella

Fossil hunting in Lyme Regis

Even my twelve-year-old son was soon bashing away at rocks with his hammer and proudly announcing his discovery of belemnites, crinoid stems and an ammonite

Amanda Tomlin

Learning to surf in Cornwall

In a county hemmed by stunning, Atlantic-pounded beaches, it’s hardly surprising that surfing is such a popular pastime

Hayley Spurway

The Best Secret Beaches in Cornwall

If you’re looking for somewhere a little more romantic and peaceful, there are plenty of lesser-known beaches where you couples can bag your own patch of pearly sands.

Hayley Spurway

The loveliest loop on earth

The pick of things to do, places to see, food to eat on the western tip of Cornwall by people who have been born there or as good as.

Peter Kirby

Surfing without waves

Surfers get grumpy down here when there are no waves so we have come up with some ideas to chase their blues away.

Peter Kirby