Perfect sand and solitude mark out Britain's best beach
Sunday 23 April 2006
At last, summer is on its way. As temperatures yesterday nudged 20C and Britons cast their minds forward - in hopeful spirits - to a long, hot summer, a guide to England was launched naming the country's 10 best beaches.
The majority of those singled out by the new Rough Guide to England are in the South. Par Beach in St Martin's on the Isles of Scilly took the top spot. As well as being scenic and having "perfect sand", the lack of visitors that keeps this beach quiet and pristine was highlighted by the guide. But Rough Guide's plaudits may change all that.
Cornwall claimed second and third spot with Porthcurno and Polzeath. The former's attractions include an open-air theatre, while Polzeath is popular with surfers.
Another surfer's delight, Woolacombe in north Devon, came fourth, and south Devon's Blackpool Sands was fifth, although the guide warned of overcrowding in summer.
Sixth position went to Studland Bay in Dorset, where three miles of sandy beach are a haven for rare birds and home to two nature reserves. The National Trust's only designated naturist area, Shell Bay, is also here.
England's largest resort, Blackpool, also made it on to the list. Over the past decade, local authorities have cleaned up the seven-mile beaches which, along with donkey rides and amusements, were praised by the guide.
Whitby in North Yorkshire, with its rockpools, lighthouse, piers and prom, was commended as a top spot for families, coming 10th on the list.
Outlander novelist Diana Gabaldon in battle to prevent 'industrial-scale' windfarm being built where travel series is set
Britain's bluebells now face a fight for their very survival
Iberian lynx cubs born in the wild bring hope for the world's most endangered feline species
Great white sharks - the misunderstood giants with a softer side
Earth Day: Pictures that show we are killing our planet
- 5 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...