So long summer!
With last week’s final sunny days luring us into a false sense of belief that we’ll be experiencing an Indian Summer in the UK this year, these sudden storms and downpours have put paid to any false hopes.
Well you know what, who cares? Although most people view the beach as a sunshine destination, only those in-the-know realise that we have plenty of beaches in the UK that are perfect for Autumn visits too. Yes the air might be a little crisper and you might want to leave the bikini at home but UK beaches in the Autumn can be very romantic and sometimes you might have them all to yourself.
As my father used to say “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” so make sure you wrap up warm, take a flask of something hot (Hello mulled wine season!), your Palm & Peach towel to sit on and a good book and just listen to the sound of the waves as you enjoy your own little sanctuary.
Here are our favourite UK beaches that are ideal to visit all year round (but shhhh, keep these little gems to yourself).
Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire.
This absolute beauty of a beach and the village of the same name caters for visitors with all sorts of interests, from hiking and cycling, taking part in the annual themed events (Goth Weekend anyone?) or simply enjoying a glass of something in one of the local pubs. The village and bay area are very picturesque with rows of tall terraced cottages linings the narrow streets that lead down to the beach. With a history in smuggling you can truly step back in time and while away a day meandering around the town or looking for fossils on the beach.
Palm & Peach tip: Visit the Bay Hotel for lunch or a drink. It’s as close to the beach as you can get and the views are fantastic.
Embleton Bay, Northumberland.
Looking for your Heathcliffe moment? If Embleton Bay doesn’t inspire you, nothing will. This vast expanse of sand provides plenty of room to walk against the bracing winds of the North Sea. The beach is overlooked by the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, a 14th Century Fort that has surely been the setting for many a film. We love walking the dog along the sands before nestling down in the dunes on our round towels for a picnic. This area of the stunning Northumberland Coast is hardly frequented so you can almost guarantee you’ll have to share the beach with very few other visitors.
Palm & Peach tip: A visit to Embleton wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the castle ruins of Dunstanburgh. If castles are your thing then the nearby Alnwick castle is also worth a visit.
Scarista, Isle of Harris, Scotland.
Three miles of blissfully soft sand, scattered with seashells and dramatic views to die for. British beaches, or dare I say beaches in general, don’t come much more beautiful and awe-inspiring than this. Although it’s a fair trek to reach this slice of Scottish paradise, we would have to agree that it is totally worth it and on a good day the hues of the Atlantic are so blue that if you squinted ever so slightly towards the sun you could pretend you were in the Caribbean. Although with views like this, we don’t know why anyone would want to be anywhere else.
Palm & Peach tip: Being so remote there isn’t a lot of choice for accommodation - but that’s ok! Fortunately you can stay the night in Scarista House, a small but delightful hotel close to the beach. And make sure you don’t leave before you buy some Harris tweed!
With over 300 hundred beaches in Cornwall it’s pretty difficult to choose a favourite! However if pressed, we would have to say that Marazion ticks every box. With a long stretch of sand, shallow water (if you should be so inclined to take a chilly dip) and a view over St Michaels Mount. When it’s low tide you can take your coffee to go and walk across the granite causeway from the beach to the tiny Island and after a slice of cake in the Island Café, catch the boat back when the tide comes up.
Palm & Peach tip: Get some culture down you with a trip to the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. A selection of International artwork scattered between some incredible plants. A definite labour of love.