With it looking more and more like we’ll be staying in the Great British isles this summer, we’re looking for fun days out that don’t have to cost the world. Things we can do with kids or without kids, and things that get us seeing more of the prettiest spots our home has to offer.
With that in mind, SaveOnEnergy.com have compiled a list of the best-rated coastal walks in the UK, based on their Trip Advisor ratings.
They’re all gorgeous, they all get you enjoying the great outdoors, and they’re all a decent bit of exercise too.
So, without further ado, here’s the list…
Gower Peninsula, Wales
Just outside of Swansea you’ll find the 19-mile coastline of the Gower Peninsula, famed for its glorious sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs – it’s the highest rated UK coastal walk!
St. Brelade’s Bay, Jersey
Jersey is home to St Brelade’s Bay, one of the best voted beaches in the whole of the UK, and for good reason. Expect clear blue water, stretches of white sand and even palm trees. There’s plenty of coastal walk options depending on how far you’d like to go.
Quiraing, Isle Of Skye
This infamous two-hour walk takes you on a loop of Quiraing, and captures some of the most beautiful landscapes on the Isle of Skye. It’s 6.8km and more suited to the warmer months.
Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland
One of the most picturesque spots in Northern Ireland, the Causeway Coastal route is vast and as such is a popular road trip route for tourists. But there’s plenty of places to explore by foot such as Glenariff Forest Park, or – if you’re feeling adventurous – the 33-mile stretch between Portstewart and Ballycastle, known as the Causeway Coast Way.
Dunnottar Castle, Scotland
Located in Stonehaven in the north east of Scotland is Dunnottar Castle, a ruined medieval fortress. The Stonehaven Coastal Walk takes in the ruins during a 2.7 mile stretch that’s also dotted with scenic wild flowers and sweeping views of the North Sea.
Perranporth Beach, Cornwall
Set against the stunning backdrop of crystal waters and golden sands is Perranporth Beach on the north Cornwall coast. There’s a selection of walks you can take in the area, including a dune route which takes in a Celtic chapel, and a cliff walk between Perranporth and nearby St Agnes.
The White Cliffs Of Dover, Kent
Located on the south-easternly tip of England are in the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. There’s several walk options, including a wheelchair friendly footpath which leads to a glorious viewing point over the Channel. There’s also a scenic 10-mile route for those fancying a longer challenge.
Beachy Head, Eastbourne
Also on the south coast of England is Beach Head, located just outside the town of Eastbourne in East Sussex. The cliffs themselves have white faces, and again there are several walking routes available depending on how far you want to explore.
Brownsea Island, Dorset
Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands found in Poole Harbour and has dramatic views of the Purbeck Hills. There are three main walking routes to be found, and two have breathtaking coastal viewing points. The easiest way to get to the island is via the 20-min ferry from Poole.
Llandudno Promenade, Wales
Llandudno is a coastal town in north Wales, most famed for being a popular tourist destination with fantastic beaches. The most popular walking routes are around the Great Orme summit, and there’s plenty of options depending on skill level and how far you want to go.