1. Camber Sands, Sussex
Best for Rolling your trousers up and splashing through the shallows.
Camber Sands is so wide and golden you’ll be transported to other shores. In fact, this Arabian-looking beach has been used for a number of desert film locations, including ‘Carry On Follow That Camel’. The sandy shore stretches for almost five miles, before it starts to turn into shingle towards the eastern end. From the western side it’s four miles to the pretty town of Rye, where cobbled streets, proper pubs and rickety old houses make for a charming day trip.
Need to know Dogs on a lead are allowed on the beach, although there are restricted zones from May to September.
Get there Closest train station is Rye, a 12-minute drive away.
Stay here The duneside boutique hotel The Gallivant’s restaurant sources virtually all of its ingredients from within a 10-mile radius. Residents of the 20 bedrooms can lounge by log fires, read in the book-lined snug, or prop up the bar – which is dog-friendly, by the way. Rooms from £95 per night.