Tolcarne Beach, Newquay

Tolcarne Beach, Newquay

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The UK’s Top 10 Beaches for motorhome rentals

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With 11,073 miles of coastline, the UK has quite a few beaches for visitors on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday to discover.  To the north and east the beaches are rugged and wild and the sea can be rather ‘bracing’ at any time of year.  The beaches of the west are more sheltered as Ireland that takes the brunt of the cruel Atlantic Ocean.  The beaches to the south are the most calm, apart from the very southern tip of Cornwall which is where you will find some of the best surfing beaches while on your UK campervan hire roadtrip.

Best swimming beach - West Wittering, Sussex.  An award winning Blue Flag beach, West Wittering and its neighbour East Head are hard to beat.  These beautiful sandy beaches are totally unspoiled, and even during the summer holidays its peaceful and relaxing.  The gently shelving beach makes for safe and warm water, great for swimming.

Best walking beach - Holywell Bay, Cornwall.  A short distance from the popular resort of Newquay, Holywell Bay is best visited at low tide where visitors can enjoy a long walk past the 70 year old shipwreck which can be seen just offshore.

Best beach for building sandcastles - Barafundle, Pembrokeshire.  Voted Britain’s best beach by the ‘Good Holiday Guide’, Barafundle is the best beach for kids because the sand is perfect and just the right consistency for making sandcastles.

Best beach for spotting celebrities - Rock, Cornwall.  Just across the estuary from the picturesque fishing village of Padstow, Rock is the place to see, and be seen.  This part of Cornwall is home to the most millionaires, and if you’re lucky you might even bump into Prince’s William and Harry.

Best traditional family beach - Scarborough, North Yorkshire.  Scarborough has been popular holiday resort since the 17th century.  The beaches here are sandy and safe, and there’s lots of room to run about.  What also makes the beaches here popular are the fish and chip shops along the seafront, why not hire a deckchair, tie a handkerchief around you head like they did in the ‘old days’.

Best surfing beach - Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall.  Fistral Beach is the epicentre of UK surfing, and home to the British Surfing Association which hosts the largest surfing event in the country every August.  It’s not just for pro’s, if you want to have a go there are lots of surf shops who run short courses.
The most northerly beach in the UK - Skaw, Shetland Islands.  If you’re into bird watching this is the place to come, the area is home to an amazing amount of gannets, fulmars, petrels, and kittiwakes.  If you’re very lucky you can also see whales, dolphins, and seals too.  

Best nudist beach - Studland Beach, Dorset.  Part of a three mile stretch from South Haven Point to the chalk cliffs of Handfast Point, Strutland Beach is a large designated naturist area for those who like to bare all.  Most popular during the summer months, the area is also home to a nature reserve.

Overall most beautiful beach - Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull.  The water may be cold here, but the scenery is outstanding, and when the sun shines it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK.  The clear turquoise waters and white sand are perfect for families, it’s never too busy, and it’s just beautiful.

Overall best beach II - Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire.  Ok, its difficult to pick just one perfect beach so here’s another,  Close the UK’s smallest city of  St David’s, Whitesands lives up to its name; a perfect mile-long stretch of lovely white beach.  Because of its location Whitesands does get busier than its rival on the Isle of Mull, but there are still parts of the beach which don’t get crowded even in the summer.

All these beach areas are geared up to visitors with campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicles and the island resorts are easily accessible by regular ferry crossings.

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