1. Southwold, Suffolk
What: Picture the British seaside and up will pop an image that’s probably not unlike Southwold: think colourful beach huts, sandy beaches, fish ‘n’ chips and a pier to boot. The beach is also a favourite with kitesurfers. In the nearby town, you’ll find Tilly’s on the High Street, which offers scones, cucumber sandwiches and cakes.
Get more info: southwold.info
2. Crosby, Merseyside
What: Famous for Antony Gormley’s Another Place installation, a collection of 100 1.8-metre cast-iron figures, which stretches 3.2km across the shore. Depending on the tide, the striking sculptures can be entirely visible or fully submerged.
Get more info: seftoncoast.org.uk
What: Boasting a coastline with the highest cliffs in England, and
surrounded by the North York Moors, Whitby is an atmospheric spot. No
wonder, then, that it influenced the works of Bram Stoker and Lewis
Get more info: visitwhitby.com
4. Cliffs Bay, Gower
What: The only way to reach this gloriously remote beach is by walking an hour across golf links, and past the ruins of a castle, from the village of Parkmill. The bay is postcard- pretty, and horse riding and climbing are popular here.
Get more info: enjoygower.com
5. West Wittering
What: Britain’s answer to the Hamptons is a regular haunt for supermodels and rockers. The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards even has a hut here. Add Selsey crab to your picnic on the sandy beaches of Bracklesham Bay. Get more info: visitsoutheastengland.com