The UK has many popular surfing beaches across many of its coasts. Cornwall may be the surfing hub of the country but there are other areas for you to learn about and explore, too. If you’re a beginner and want to just have a go, we’ve put together a list of some of the best beginner beaches in the UK.
Widemouth Bay, Bude (England)
Widemouth Bay is situated at the tip of the North Cornwall coast just outside the popular seaside resort of Bude. There is a long expanse of sandy beach and it is considered one of the best places to surf in England. The best time to learnt to surf here is between May and September and there are plenty of surf schools around for lessons.
There’s also plenty of choice for places to stay, great places to eat and various other beaches within easy reach for you to try out.
Saunton Sands, Saunton (Devon)
Saunton Sands is situated on the North Devon coast and boasts long, breaking waves which are ideal for learners. The beach itself is 5 miles long with golden sands, so while you’re learning to surf, the rest of the family can be having fun on the beach.
The best time for learning to surf here is between the months of April and October, although it’s probably at it’s warmest in August and September. There are also some other fantastic places to visit nearby including Croyde and Woolacombe.
Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire (Wales)
Freshwater West is a massive beach along the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. It’s also great for surfers of all abilities with the main beach boasting larger waves for the more confident surfers, but there are also smaller coves which produce smaller waves that are ideal for learners.
The beach itself also has golden sands and rocky areas too perfect for family exploring. Again, the best time to catch waves is between April and October.
Cayton Bay, Scarborough (England)
Scarborough is a popular UK holiday destination but Cayton Bay just south of the town is a surfer’s dream. There are three breaks along the beach: The Point, Pump House, and Bunkers. The latter seems to be the pick for beginners and when you’ve finished for the day, you can head into Scarborough to refill on some good old British Fish and Chips!
Portrush (Norther Ireland)
If you’re looking to surf in Northern Ireland, then Portrush is considered its premium surf spot. There’s also a huge number of surf schools in the local area, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to getting some surfing lessons. Plus, if you’re put off by the crowds that flock to popular places like Devon and Cornwall, Portrush is less crowded. So , you don’t need to worry about people spotting you if you fall off your board!
Surfing is a popular activity in the UK and even has its own competition and festivals such as Boardmasters in Newquay. There are many popular resorts and destinations, too for you to have a go and many also have other attractions nearby. So, if you’re looking for a family staycation that’s packed with adventure, there are plenty of places to choose from right here in the UK.
Remember to take your Clim8 products with you to keep you cool, warm or hydrated. Also check local restrictions before you travel to any of these areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.