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Kynance Cove, Cornwall
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This is officially the UK’s warmest winter beach

Fancy a chilly dip, anyone?

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton

A winter beach trip may sound a bit bold, but believe us when we say that heading to the coast over the winter months is the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs. The crisp sea air, brisk ocean winds and (if you’re brave enough) biting cold water are as refreshing as it gets. Plus, you get all the coastal scenery without having to weave your way in and out of peak-season summer crowds. 

Tempted? There are some beaches around the UK that maintain a warm(ish) temperature through the colder season, so if you do want to visit some dunes, you don’t have to worry about completely freezing your face off. 

UK holiday provider Parkdean Resorts has done some research to reveal the warmest beaches in the country this winter. With an average winter temperature of 11.5 degrees celsius, it found that Kynance Cove in Cornwall, with its turquoise waters, soft sand and impressive rock formations, will be the warmest spot this year. 

Studland - Shell Bay in Dorset and Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire both came next with an average temp of 11 degrees celsius. They were followed by Cornwall’s Porthcurno Beach and Glamorgan’s Rhossili Bay, at 10.5C and 10C respectively. 

In January and February 2023, the average UK temperature was between 4C and 5C, so those beach temps are pretty balmy in comparison (sadly we probably have climate change to thank for a lot of that). Here’s the full list of the warmest British beaches to visit this winter: 

  1. Kynance Cove, Cornwall
  2. Studland - Shell Bay, Dorset
  3. Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
  4. Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
  5. Rhossili Bay, Glamorgan
  6. West Wittering Beach, West Sussex
  7. Botany Bay, Kent
  8. Camber Sands Beach, East Sussex
  9. Cromer Beach, Norfolk
  10. Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk

Did you see that this English city officially has the UK’s highest salaries outside London.

Plus: this northern English county has been named one of the world’s best places to visit in 2024

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