Britain’s best 50 beaches revealed with three in Cornwall making top ten but Dorset taking number one spot


MILLIONS of Brits assume UK beaches are among the many best in the world – with Bournemouth seaside in Dorset voted the nation’s number one.

With the potential of summer season staycations on everybody’s thoughts for 2021, a survey of two,000 adults noticed three Cornish beaches named in the top 10, together with St Ives, Bude and Newquay.

Bournemouth beach in Dorset has been voted as the UK's favourite beach.


Bournemouth seaside in Dorset has been voted because the UK’s favorite seaside.(*50*)Credit score: Getty Photos – Getty

Whereas Devon is dwelling to seven beaches that includes in the top 50, with Woolacombe, Dawlish and Torquay in style sights.

Different in style coasts embody Blackpool, Whitby and Brighton.

It additionally emerged 75 per cent take into account the seaside or sea to be an iconic British panorama, and a 3rd reckon holidays to the UK’s seaside are underrated.

Sarah Younger, head of marine coverage at WWF-UK mentioned: “Whereas we watch for journey restrictions to be lifted, there are a number of issues we will be doing at dwelling to guard our stunning coastlines and guarantee staycations will be loved for years to come back.

“Over the months forward, Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF will probably be setting out the actions that we are able to take as people to change into ocean heroes, whereas additionally encouraging stronger management from the UK Authorities to assist important ocean restoration that’s so urgently wanted.”

The examine additionally discovered half of these polled love the seaside a lot as a result of it makes them be happy, helps them to clear their head and permits them to flee the stresses and strains of on a regular basis life.

Top 50 UK beaches

1. Bournemouth, Dorset
2. St Ives, Cornwall
3. Bude, Cornwall
4. Blackpool Seashore
5. Whitby, Yorkshire
6. Brighton, Sussex
7. Newquay, Cornwall
8. Tenby, Pembrokeshire
9. Bognor Regis, West Sussex
10. Filey, North Yorkshire
11. Woolacombe, Devon
12. Weymouth, Dorset
13. Nice Yarmouth, Norfolk
14. Tynemouth, Tyne & Put on
15. Scarborough, North Yorkshire
16. Barmouth, Gwynedd
17. Llandudno, Conwy County Borough
18. Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire
19. Shanklin, the Isle of Wight
20. Exmouth, Devon
21. Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
22. Broadstairs, Kent
23. Dawlish, Devon
24. Polzeath, Cornwall
25. Watergate Bay, Cornwall
26. Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire
27. Crosby, Merseyside
28. Sandbanks seaside, Dorset
29. Torquay, Devon
30. Eastbourne, East Sussex
31. Skegness, Lincolnshire
32. Camber Sands, East Sussex
33. Ilfracombe, Devon
34. Paignton, Devon
35. Southwold, Suffolk
36. Southend on Sea, Essex
37. Whitstable, Kent
38. Lochinver, Scotland
39. Margate, Kent
40. Salcombe, Devon
41. Pittenweem, Fife
42. Porthmadog, Gwynedd
43. Portree (Skye), Internal Hebrides
44. Portmeirion, Gwynedd
45. Hastings, East Sussex
46. New Brighton, Merseyside
47. Folkestone, Kent
48. Plockton, Ross and Cromarty
49. Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire
50. Stromness, Orkney

Two thirds even really feel they’ve a powerful emotional connection to the seaside, with 67 per cent admitting they’ve missed visiting the nation’s beaches through the pandemic.

For eight in 10, sitting by the ocean is nice for his or her psychological wellbeing, with a 3rd wanting to go to the coast to assist clear their head and get some peace and quiet.

Greater than half head to the seaside to calm down and unwind and 29 per cent see it as a type of escapism, whereas 51 per cent merely prefer to take in the surroundings.

Others prefer to really feel their sand between their toes (24 per cent) or take heed to the crashing waves (44 per cent) as they accumulate their ideas.

The examine, carried out through OnePoll, additionally revealed 45 per cent really feel journeys to the seaside are an vital a part of British tradition, and 87 per cent can be upset if their visits have been ruined by environmental elements.

Consequently, two thirds are passionate concerning the care of the ocean and its wildlife and are involved about local weather change and the state of the UK oceans.

But solely 23 per cent are absolutely conscious of the position that oceans play in tackling local weather change – with one in 10 admitting they weren’t conscious in any respect.

To assist profit the oceans, 59 per cent have made acutely aware way of life selections – with swapping single use plastics for reusables the top change.

Correctly disposing of hazardous supplies, selecting fruit and veg with no plastic packaging, utilizing the flexibility to vote, and consuming sustainable seafood additionally characteristic on this checklist.

Sarah Younger from WWF-UK added: “The Ocean Hero marketing campaign by Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF is designed to indicate folks that they’ve the ability to make an influence on ocean well being and, in doing so, encourage them to advocate for daring motion from our authorities.

“At this crucial time for local weather and nature, we hope that thousands and thousands of individuals will be a part of us to indicate they care about our oceans and assist to show the tide on ocean restoration.”

To seek out out extra about WWF’s partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue or to hitch the battle and change into an Ocean Hero go to –

Ocean Hero at House Actions

1. Get recycling savvy – verify your native council’s recycling tips
2. Keep away from an additional aspect of plastic – refuse single use cutlery with your takeaway
3. Liberate your fruit and veg. Go packaging-free
4. Your flip to  prepare dinner dinner? Why not strive a plant-based dish
5. Step into the long run by making the swap to renewable vitality
6. Get clear with a plastic free routine and reduce out pointless plastic in your lavatory – (e.g., swap to cleaning soap bar)

Summerleaze Beach in Cornwall has also been listed in the UK's top 50 beaches.


Summerleaze Seashore in Cornwall has additionally been listed in the UK’s top 50 beaches.(*50*)Credit score: Alamy
Holiday-goers have said Blackpool Beach, famous for it's 158m tall tower is in the top ten.


Vacation-goers have mentioned Blackpool Seashore, well-known for it is 158m tall tower is in the top ten.(*50*)Credit score: Alamy
The sandy beaches at St Ive's are a family favourite and have been named as one of the UK's favourite sunbathing spots.


The sandy beaches at St Ive’s are a household favorite and have been named as one of the UK’s favorite sunbathing spots.(*50*)Credit score: Getty Photos – Getty