The British Coastline
Britain, the island nation is as you would imagine spoilt for choice when it comes to fantastic coastlines and beaches. Britain is made up from over 6,000 separate islands. However, less than 300 of the islands are populated as many are tiny and very remote.
Britain has over 9,000 miles of coastline and over 75% of the coastline around England, Wales and Scotland is designated as Heritage Coast. Scotland has 64% of Britain’s coastline.
Coastal Holidays & Holiday Resorts
The coast is very popular as a holiday destination with both domestic and overseas tourists. There is such a wide range of choice and variety when it comes to different types of holidays at the coast. The south coast of England has a plethora of seaside holiday resorts such as Brighton (East Sussex), Bournemouth (Dorset) and much of the coastal towns in Devon and Cornwall are popular holiday destinations. The south west southern coastline enjoys some of the best weather in the UK hence its popularity.
Outstanding beauty of coastal Britain
There is much more on offer than the warm weather of a seaside holiday in the South of England to a coastal holiday. There are nearly 30 coastal areas that are defined as areas of outstanding natural beauty. 5 national parks are also in coastal areas. So if you are looking for a holiday where you can enjoy the fresh sea air in some of the best countryside in England, Wales & Scotland a coastal holiday may be the perfect choice.
If you enjoy walking a coastal break could be perfect. With miles of paths already included coastal paths you can enjoy some fantastic seascapes whilst walking along some of these paths. There are plans to have an uninterrupted path around the English Coast. Whilst the reality of delivering this may be tricky it demonstrates a desire to open up the English coastline for all to enjoy. A fantastic thought to be able to walk from the white cliffs of Dover in East Sussex to the wild cliffs in Northumberland. (might take a while – but a lovely thought)
There was a time when the cleanliness of British beaches left a lot to be desired. However, government programmes and legislation has resulted in dirty beaches being a thing of the past. In addition, Seaside towns recognise the importance of having good quality beaches to their prosperity and most beaches are now very clean. The vast majority of beaches exceed the recommended EU standards. £10bn has been spent over recent years to ensure that the beaches are the best they can be.