Here’s all you need to know about going surfing in the UK.

Surf year round in Cornwall

Still the UK’s most popular scene, surfing in Cornwall is year-round and stretches the length of the north coast, some of the south, and into neighbouring Devon. Head for Newquay for lessons, busy with surfers in summer with crowded swells. Go elsewhere if you like space. 

Catch a wave in Scotland

Only for those who’ve acclimatised to British water temperatures, Scotland’s wave scene is getting an international reputation. Thurso on the north coast is home to consistently huge tubes celebrated in the O’Neill Coldwater Classic competition every year, while more gentle breaks can be found between East Lothian and Eyemouth.

Drop in on NorfolK

Closer than Cornwall and sunnier than Scotland, coastal Norfolk has wilder, less crowded surf. East Runton is the most accessible of East Anglia’s beaches. Cromer, Walcott and Gorleston-on-Sea are also worth a look.

World class waves in Northern Ulster

Head to the north coast of Northern Ireland for swells and a burgeoning kite surfing scene. Portrush has world-class waves in winter, although its swells are sleepy in summer.

Swell times in West Wales

Kite surfing is the name of the game at Aberdovey, with the whole of the River Dyfi estuary area to play in and great wind conditions. Slightly south down the coast is Cardigan Bay, where more traditional boarders will enjoy long swells at the charming village of Borth


What you need to know about surfing in the United Kingdom

When to go All year round. Cornwall can be glorious in the summer, but surfing is an all-season sport. Pack a drysuit and try some winter surfing – you’ll have the waves all to yourself.

Getting there: For coach travel to St Ives from London, see Trains run from London Paddington to St Ives. See

Getting around By local bus or hire a car – see for a 5 per cent discount.

Going out A beer costs from £2.50.

Accommodation Dorms start from £11.99, while a hotel room is from £21.