While the south west has some pretty good contenders, it was a beach in Wales that came out on top. Three Cliffs Bay in Gower was awarded ninth place in Big Seven Travel’s ranking of the ‘50 most beautiful places in the UK’, making it the highest placed beach in the country.
The beauty of Three Cliffs Bay, apparently, is that it isn’t filled with your usual seaside attractions, and as a result is pretty damn tranquil. Big Seven described the bay as a ‘spectacular mash-up of misty dunes, endless salt marshes and giant limestone cliffs’ – so you won’t find an endless row of fish and chip shops, ice cream vans and an arcade on this shoreline (in fact the nearest ice cream is around a 30-minute walk away).
Instead, beach-goers can take a dip in the sea, admire the views and enjoy scenic walks on the circular route to nearby Penmaen.
To get down to the beach, visitors will need to complete a 400-metre walk from the car park which involves a short ‘scramble’ down to the sand. Apparently, you’ll also have to do that every time you need the toilet, as there aren’t any facilities on the beach. So it’s perhaps not the best day-trip location if you’ve got young children.
Loos, ice cream and short scramble aside, there’s no denying that this beach has earnt its crown.
Just take a look at the TripAdvisor reviews. ‘Stunning views and so fun exploring all the sand dunes, it was a sunny breezy day me and my husband very much enjoyed,’ wrote Kay Cree.
Plus, Wales Online also reported that celebs Jeremy Paxman and Katherine Jenkins have named the bay as their favourite beach, so maybe you’ll be able to do some celeb-spotting while you’re there.