A Competition to find The UK's Best Beach Walk
Here at Salt-Water HQ in London we are super keen on breaks away to the coast and feel extremely lucky to be able to chug off in any direction and get to the seaside. The beautiful British coastline is truly varied, teaming with wildlife and loads of opportunities for walking. With Salt-Water being the perfect beach shoe and our genuine love of our coastal heritage coupled with a desire to preserve and protect our fantastic beaches, it made perfect sense to team up with the Marine Conservation Society, the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. Known as the voice for everyone who loves the sea they work to protect wildlife, monitor water quality and organize country wide beach cleaning events. We’re running a competition to find the best beach walks in the UK. All you have to do is tell us where your favourite beach walk is and why you love it and you could win yourself a pair of sandals! For every best beach walk entry we get, we’ll donate £1 to the MCS.
There are three pairs of Salt-Waters to be given away and to get you started here are some of our favourite beach walks.
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OUR DIRECTOR RACHAEL'S FAVOURITE - The East Prawle to Lannacombe stroll (South Hams, Devon)
Drive to East Prawle and have a pint of local ale / cider at the Pig’s Nose pub.
It used to be a Smugglers Inn storing the booty from shipwrecks over 500 years ago...
It is very child and dog friendly and lets nearby campers take hot showers so along with its CAMRA awards is an all round decent place!
If you choose to go in half term East Prawle has a great May fair day but get there early as parking gets backed up.
After your pint, walk down the road for about 1/2 mile.
You go through the gate giving you access to a steep-ish grassy hill down to the coastal path. Follow that until you reach Lannacombe - a perfect hidden cove with very limited parking which makes it feel private.
There is a fresh water spring that exits through the beach which makes building dams great as well as washing off sandy salty feet at the end of your beach visit.
To top it off if you could walk back through the lanes towards South Allington, where you can get a delicious home-made Devon cream tea at South Allington House.
OUR ACCOUNTANT JOHN'S FAVOURITE - From Rock to Daymer Bay in Cornwall
The best beach walk in the UK (bar none!) starts in Padstow, Cornwall. From Padstow harbour, take the short ferry ride across the Camel Estuary to Rock. Rock is a great place to watch the sailing club yachts on the estuary. From Rock you can walk (at low tide) along the estuary to Daymer Bay. Daymer Bay has brilliant rock pools and is great for kite flying.
From Daymer Bay you can then walk into the sand dunes behind the beach and cross the links golf course (one of the best in the country) to St Enodoc Church. St Enodoc Church is very picturesque and is tucked away in the sand dunes with great views of the estuary. Sir John Betjeman is buried in the graveyard.
The best place for food is then back in Padstow, such as one of Rick Stein’s restaurants.
My Nan worked for a wealthy family in the 1930s, who had a holiday home in Daymer Bay, so there have been four generations of my family enjoying this beach walk ever since. I first did the walk in 1979 and I last did the walk in 2011. The next walk is planned for August 2015!
OUR WEB EDITOR KATE'S FAVOURITE - From Stackpole Quay to Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire
I’m born and bred in South Wales where there are many beautiful beaches to walk along and enjoy. However, my number one favourite has to be the walk from Stackpole Quay to Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire. You can park at Stackpole Quay, a tiny harbour used by local fishermen and small pleasure boats, and then fill your lungs with pure sea air as you walk the half mile path across the cliffs. There are no facilities here and it’s not an easy walk to do with a pushchair (we managed!) But the reward when you arrive is a spectacular jewel of a cove often likened to the Caribbean! It is a small, cosy bay backed with pines and dunes and because of the lack of facilities and tricky access it is usually relatively quiet. It took the leading role in a film called Third Star starring Benedict Cumberbatch about four friends and their return trip to Barafundle.
The nearby Bosherton Lakes are well worth a visit; a wildlife habitat famous for its otters and water birds. And the smart little town of Narberth has some great shops and a wonderful Spanish cafe called Ultracomida. If you’re planning to stay in the area check out The Grove, a beautiful B&B surrounded by meadows in a refurbished 18th century manor house with a fantastic restaurant.
OUR EUROPEAN WHOLESALE MANAGER ELISABETH'S FAVOURITE - Holkham Beach in Norfolk
You walk through pine forest before you reach the beach and it's wide and windswept and HUGE.
It's perfect in the summer where you can always find yourself a space between the dunes to stay out of the wind. I was there last about five years ago, it was February I think, and my son was only 2. It was cold with a freezing wind but fantastic nevertheless.
After a windy and refreshing walk you can go up to the Victoria Inn which is just by the carpark and have a pint of local ale and sit by the fire.
The nearest town is Wells-next-the-Sea where you can get the best fish and chips. Or Burnham Market is also a nice place to visit.
OUR BOOK KEEPER HARRIET'S FAVOURITE - Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland
My vote goes to Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland. It really is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to, here or abroad. The castle is right there too and you can see the Farne Islands. There is a little strip of shops when you come off the beach and a very sweet cafe to have a cuppa and a slice of cake after you have blown the cobwebs away....was also dramatic to hear the RAF planes go over as they practice in and around there.
To enter the competition all you have to do is click on this link and follow the instructions - http://a.pgtb.me/MxNzRT