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Posts Tagged ‘UK Surf Beaches’

Top Ten Beaches in Kent, England

Posted by Jody on October 11, 2011

Kent, known as “The Garden of England”, has an absolutely stunning coastline. The County of Kent, located in the South East corner of England is home to the dramatic White Cliffs of Dover.  Kent’s delightful shores offer everything from wide sandy beaches to rock pools in secluded coves. According to the Kent County Council: “Kent has one of the longest and most varied coastlines in England.”

Quite impressively, the beaches of Kent have recently been certified with nine Blue Flag Awards by the non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). These international certifications are not easy to come by!  “Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance with 32 criteria covering the following: 1) Environmental Education and Information 2) Water Quality 3) Environmental Management 4) Safety and Services. All Blue Flags are awarded for one season at a time. If the criteria are not fulfilled during the season or the conditions change, the Blue Flag may be withdrawn.”

Who better to choose the Top Ten Beaches in Kent than the “Visit Kent” official website?  Here is a sampling of the best beaches in Kent:

Botany Bay, Kent, England (Photo by Le Deluge/Wikimedia Commons)

Botany Bay, Broadstairs (#1): “Botany Bay, one of Broadstairs’ quieter and more secluded sandy bays, can leave you feeling a million miles from anywhere – absolute bliss when you want to laze around and recharge your batteries! Nearby Joss Bay (#4) is more rural than Botany and offers great surfing opportunities.

Whitstable (#2): “Choose to swim, stroll or sit and enjoy the stunning sunsets on this popular beach. Looking out to sea from Whitstable, the vista feeds the imagination and takes visitors back to another age. And fresh breezes and a taste of
salt in the air whet the appetite for more of the town’s magic.”

Dymchurch, Kent, England (Photo by Ian Dunster/Wikimedia Commons)

Dymchurch (#6): “The sandy beach is the jewel in the Dymchurch crown. Stretching for miles toward Dungeness to the west and Folkestone to the east it is washed completely by the tide twice daily to leave a magnificent gently sloping strip of sand almost a 1/4 mile wide at low tide. This expanse of sand is home to Donkey Rides, Kite Surfers, Sandcastle Builders and those who like to relax.”

Rounding out the Top Ten Beaches in Kent are Deal, Main Sands (Margate), Folkstone, St Margaret’s Bay, Tankerton Slopes (Herne Bay), and Dungeness.

*Find out about Kent’s Coastal Week 2011: “The programme will run from 22 to 30 October and will focus on “Creative Coast” There are up to one hundred free or subsidised events ranging from creative workshops, beach art and boat trips to shingle sculptures and storytelling. There is something for all ages and interests.”* has everything you’ll need to plan your days at the Top Ten Beaches in Kent! Cheers!

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Britain’s Top 10 Beaches

Posted by Jody on July 26, 2011

From the stunning white cliffs of Dover to the haunting shores of Holy Island, with over 10,000 miles of coastline to discover… somehow the good folks at have chosen the Top 10 British Beaches!  Even though I thought that I had traveled to some of the most gorgeous shoreline in all of England, none of my previous beach jaunts even made the Top 10 British Beaches list.

These beaches must be absolutely amazing!

When I think of surfing, Great Britain isn’t the first destination to pop into my mind, but Bournemouth (pictured above), located in Dorset, is “set to become one of the best surf spots in the UK!” They opened the first artificial surf reef in Europe here in 2009.  And if you’ve already been to the “excellent surf schools” in Croyde Bay, then you probably don’t need this article to tell you that it is notably the best beach for catching waves in North Devon.

Bournemouth, "One of the Best UK Beaches" (by Christophe.Finot from Wikipedia Commons)

If you’re looking for more traditional English seaside diversions, then the article recommends Lancashire. You’ll find everything from donkey rides to deck chairs to miles of sand at Blackpool beach.  Just a reminder… roller coaster first, ice cream later!

And the next time I’m across the pond, I know that I’ll definitely search out Sinclair’s Bay. This beach, in Caithness, sounds more like a dream with its soft white sand and not one, but two, 16th century castles standing sentinel.  Four miles of uninterrupted sand, stunningly blue water,  the prospect of watching whales and porpoises….  Now that’s my cuppa’ tea!

Rounding out the Top 10 British Beaches are Porthcurno (Cornwall), West Wittering (West Sussex), Abereiddi Blue Lagoon (Pembrokeshire), Holy Island (Northumberland), Great Bay (St. Martin’s, Isles of Scilly) and Holkham (Norfolk).

You’ll want to check out  the entire article for more descriptions and the many links to all of the Top 10 British Beaches!


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