The UK’s Top 50 beaches have been revealed as part of a new study.
Nationwide Vehicle Contracts analysed and scored 7,723 miles of British coastline to assess the greatest getaways this summer as Brits look to staycation instead of jetting off.
Cornwall, Devon and Dorset all feature multiple times in the list, but Somerset has been entirely snubbed.
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The number one location for the UK was Whitley Bay in North Tyneside.
The review said: “There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy while visiting the golden sands. This beach is the perfect spot to park up by as the area has one 11 car parks to choose from nearby, for as low as £3 for a day.
“Dogs are allowed on the sands north of Panama gardens, whilst elsewhere on the beach there are restrictions from May to September. The beach was also rated 3.9 out of 5 by visitors that often enjoy kayaking, canoeing and surfing whilst visiting all year round.”
The league table was scored on a variety of factors:
Journey to the nearest town – The distance in miles to the closest town.
Car Park – The number of car parks for beach visitors.
Beach Rating – Reviews of the beach based on visitors’ opinions.
Day Parking Prices – The cost of parking for the day.
Dog Friendly – The restrictions for taking furry friend to the beach.
- Cost of petrol – Petrol prices in the local area.
Bude’s Black Rock beach
(Image: Bude Area Tourist Board)
When it comes to the West Country, here’s how our beaches ranked:
- Black Rock, Cornwall
- Fistral Beach, Cornwall
- Pedn Vounder, Cornwall
- Bournemouth Beach, SE Dorset
- Watergate Bay, Cornwall
- Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
- Crantock, Cornwall
- Blackpool Sands, Devon
- Woolacombe, Devon
- Saunton Sands, Devon
- Durdle Door, Dorset
Explaining Black Rock’s third place ranking in the whole of the UK, the review said: “Just 1.3 miles from the town of Bude, the beach is dog friendly and offers an expanse of rock pools when the tide is low.
“Car parking costs up to £5 for a day with a choice of 5 car parks along the coastline. Those visiting often enjoy a surf in the blue waters.”
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