A Guide to England’s Coast


According to the British Cartographic Society, England’s coast is about 5,581 miles long. It accounts for more than one half of the coastline of Great Britain (excluding the islands) and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and places for coast swimming in the country. Mentioned below are only a few of many places along England’s coastline which will delight even the most demanding coast swimmers:

Jurassic Coast. The World Heritage Site located on the southern coast of England is one of the most spectacular places in England for coast swimming and other activities such as golf and tennis. It covers a coastline in length of 95 miles which is not only home to breathtaking beaches but also to a wealth of spectacular natural wonders which make coast swimming along the Jurassic Coast a one of a kind experience. Some of the most popular destinations along the Jurassic Coast include Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Durdle Door, Isle of Portland, Exmouth, Bournemouth with its new sponsered Nike golf course, West Bay, Beer, Seaton and Budleigh Salterton, to mention only a few.

Seaford, East Sussex. A small coastal town east of Newhaven is one of the most exciting places to swim on the south coast of England. It is home to a spectacular sandy beach and clean water which is pleasantly warm in the summer months. But it is also close of the impressive Seven Sister chalk cliffs and the Beachy Head which can be seen from the beach.

Hayling Island. An island off the south coast of England is a paradise for swimmers as well as other water sports enthusiasts. In addition to being home to a number of fantastic sandy beaches, the Hayling Island is also known for its waves which attract windsurfers and sailing enthusiasts from all over the country as well as abroad.

Isle of Wight. The England’s largest island which is located in the English Channel attracts millions of tourists with its world-famous natural wonder – The Needles but it is also worth visiting for its splendid sandy beaches offering a great swim during the warm summer months. It is also worth to remember that you can see dinosaurs’ footprints and fossils in and on the rocks surrounding the island’s beaches.

Blackpool. The seaside resort on England’s west coast is a popular tourist destination since the mid-19th century. Like other popular seaside resort towns, Blackpool attracts millions of coast swimmers with its sandy beaches but its visitors are also delighted by the town’s landmarks and a number of attractions such as the Blackpool Tower, amusement park Pleasure Beach Blackpool, large Ferris wheel in the Central Pier, etc. as well as a wealth of fine restaurants, shops and entertainment facilities.

Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The abbreviation AONB says it all. The 60 mile long Suffolk Coast and Heats AONB is truly marked by an outstanding natural beauty which makes coast swimming here an unforgettable experience. It is located on east England’s coast and is home to ancient woodland, reed beds, heathland, salt marsh, small town and villages, and spectacular shingle beaches.