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5 of Britain's best and most beautiful beaches

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As Britain enters yet another week of scorching sunshine, it’s time to grab your swimwear and hit the British coast. 

For most of the year, Britain’s beaches sit gloomily amongst grey skies and drizzle- hardly making you want to get your bucket and spade out! But with the arrival of the hottest summer in decades, Britain’s beaches are glistening like never before. 

So, amidst the BBQs, the World Cup and Love Island, there’s not a better time to take a trip down to the beach and admire the beauty of the often-overlooked Great British coast.

Here are the top five British beaches that you should visit this summer, according to The Sunday Times.

1. Filey, North Yorkshire

This year’s winner of the Sunday Time’s beach of the year, Filey Beach has plenty to offer for everyone. 

The five-mile-wide stretch of golden sands provides the perfect place for a relaxing stroll, or if you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, sailing, surfing and windsurfing are all available at the beach while the lifeguards watch over the water. 

Deckchair hire and beach hut hire (from £32 a day) are provided if you are looking to top up your tan. After all, when do we ever get the chance to sunbathe in Britain? But, if soaking up the sun isn’t your thing, why not explore the shops or numerous tea rooms?

We suggest Bramwell’s Tea Room, which is located 0.1 miles from the beach itself and offers a quaint and rustic atmosphere, perfect for a quick pit stop. 

2. Porthcurno, Cornwall

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Although many tourists flock to Cornwall at the first sniff of sunshine, Porthcurno beach stands out from the crowd. Known for its blue lagoon-esque waves and paradise-like sands, Porthcurno has been described as an ‘oasis’ of natural beauty. 

The beach is large and has a stream at the top, making it extremely popular with families as it’s the perfect haven for kids to paddle in. However, the steep granite rocks that litter the circumference of the beach mean that Porthcurno tends to attract more experienced swimmers.

If you want to get a bit of culture while you’re there, the Minack Theatre and Telegraphy Museum are close to the beach. 

3. Durley Chine, Bournemouth

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Adored by the locals for its large, clean, sandy and shingle beaches, it’s no surprise that Durley Chine beach is one of Bournemouth’s favourite Blue Flag award winning beaches.

Durley Chine is one of the quieter of the 14 beaches that line Bournemouth, but it still offers several shops, ice-cream parlours, deckchair hire (£3), cafés and even a pub- creating the perfect balance.

Looking for a more sophisticated place to catch some sun? You can hire a colourful beach hut from £40 a day from the local beach office. On a clear summers day, views over the Solent of the Isle of Wight and Old Harry’s Rocks can be enjoyed from the beach. 

Durley Chine has also proved extremely popular with families due to its convenient facilities such as toilets with baby changing facilities, lost children centres, RNLI lifeguard stations, pubs and ice cream kiosks. 

Even better, barbecues are also allowed after 6pm.

4. Formby, Merseyside

One of the most reserved of Britain’s best beaches, Formby is a rustic looking beach that is currently undergoing erosion, meaning the tides often reveal prehistoric mud layers; some of which contain animal and even human footprints that are up to 7,000 years old. 

The high sand dunes provide beautiful views across the Irish Sea and on clear days, the mountains of Cumbria can also be seen. However, don’t be fooled, there's an array of things to do whilst you’re there. Formby Golf club is only 1.8 miles away from the beach as well as the two walking routes around Formby Village, Railway Inn Pub and Freshfield. 

Formby Festival is also held only 1.6 miles away from the beach, boasting food, drink, live music and entertainment over a three-day period in late July. 

5. Cromer, Norfolk

Based in the popular, Victorian seaside resort of Cromer on the North Norfolk coast, Cromer beach and pier is typically the first choice for many families for a holiday destination.

Described as the place where ‘Time seems to stand still’, Cromer attracts hundreds of tourists over the summer and with good reason. The unspoilt beach allows the resort to remain uncommercial and to keep its original flair and charm, as well as boasting many seaside facilities and attractions. 

Why not relaxing in one of the independent cafés or tearooms? We recommend Henry’s Coffee & Tea Store, situated in a classic, Edwardian building with breath-taking sea views and a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

From the iconic pier with its Pavilion Theatre, lifeboat station, scenic views and fun fair to simply good old fish and chips. This beach truly has it all.  

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