UK holiday goers have had their say in a recent Which survey of the best beaches. The annual survey from consumer watchdog has found that Brits favour peace and quiet retreats, as more and more people look to have a domestic holiday this year.
More and more people are opting for a ‘staycation’ in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a recent pick up in international travel following the establishment of air bridges between the UK and various countries, many have ruled out a foreign holiday this year in favour of a domestic getaway.
After months of being cooped up indoors, the relaxation of restrictions means Brits are now permitted to travel and stay over, with hotels and B&B’s now allowed to operate again, albeit with some social distancing measures in place.
Now, Which? has handily put together the best recommended seaside towns and beaches to run away to this summer.
The survey, conducted in autumn 2019, took reviews for a total of 105 beaches across the UK.
Thousands of holidaymakers were asked to rate their recent visits to more than 100 seaside resorts based on factors including food and drink, seafront, beach, value for money and peace and quiet.
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Coming out on top in the survey is the village of St Mawes in Cornwall, which got a full five stars for its scenery, seafront and peace and quiet – and a glowing overall customer approval rating of 85 percent.
Dartmouth in Devon, where visitors enjoy steam trains and delicious seafood, took second place, with an approval rating of 84 percent.
Suffolk took third and fourth place, with seaside towns Southwold and Aldeburgh scoring top marks for scenery and peace and quiet.
Northern areas certainly weren’t neglected either, with last years winner Bamburgh in Northumberland coming in 5th place.
Scotland also managed to hit the top ten with St Andrews in Fife.
Completing the top ten were Blakeney in Norfolk, St Andrews in Fife, St Davids in Pembrokeshire, Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear, and Beer in Devon.
Some of the UK’s most well known beach towns actually came in the bottom half of the list.
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Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, Clacton-on-sea in Essex, Bognor Regis in West Sussex, Margate in Kent and Blackpool and Morecambe both in Lancashire all appeared in the bottom 20.
Skegness unfortunately came bottom of the list, with an approval rate of 44 percent.
Rory Boland, travel editor at Which? said: “With many people choosing to holiday in the UK this summer it is a good time to explore parts of the country you may not have considered before and to spread our sandcastles beyond the beaches of Devon and Cornwall.
“As our survey shows, it’s smaller seaside towns and villages with fewer visitors that holidaymakers love.
“Whether that’s hitting the waves in Tynemouth or camping in Criccieth, there are good options for those of us keen to keep our distance from the crowds this year but still want to combine stunning scenery with sumptuous seafood.
“Don’t forget, if you book your hotel or accommodation direct and over the phone, you may even get a discount or free bottle of bubbly thrown in.”
Which? composes the survey every year to find out which British beach comes out on top.
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