Beach Walk Winners
We LOVE beaches at Salt-Water, they’re the link between us and the ocean.
Nothing beats a walk by the sea (preferably in your salties!) and in Britain we have a lot of beautiful coastline to stroll along.
But which beach is best? And what makes a beach walk brilliant??
In association with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) we asked you to nominate your favourite beach walks, where they are and why you love them. Set up to promote the UK’s beaches and to raise awareness of the important work the MCS do to protect them, we were blown away by the responses and the competition resulted in a donation of £1000 from Salt-Water to the MCS. It was great to team up with the MCS, they are known as the Voice of the Sea and it’s easy to see why. They do so much incredible work on our beaches to protect wildlife and keep the coastline beautiful for future generations.
We had entries from all over; Pembrokeshire to Norfolk, Lands End to John O’Groats. You told us about the coolest cafes, secret coves, wide open spaces and wildlife havens. It made us want to pack our bags and set off in our Salties immediately on one giant walk around our glorious coastline.
So, drumroll please…who were the three lucky winners?
Ruth Walters from Cardiff chose Rhosilli Beach in Gower, Wales.
“The drive to Rhossili is a long and windy one but on arrival you're greeted by the most glorious expanse of Welsh coastline. Even in the height of summer it never feels crowded as there's just so much sand to go round. You can walk out to the headland to see for miles and miles on a clear day. For the more energetic, the ramble along the Worm's Head is well worth every ounce of energy. A UK spot to rival any I've visited in Australia or the Caribbean - whatever the weather!”
Nicky Oliver from Brighton described a walk along Embleton Beach, Northumberland, England
“Embleton beach is a swathe of perfect golden sand, backed by the best sand dunes for climbing and playing hide-and-seek, and tickled by the sea, where seals can often be seen bobbing in the surf. To one end of the beach is the romatic ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle (and beyond Crastor, famous for its kipper smokehouses), whilst the other end hosts The Ship Inn, a fabulous pub within a square of old fisherman's houses, surrounding a picture-perfect lawn - ideal for lying on and indulging in a pint of local ale, kippers from Crastor or a ploughmans of local cheeses - straight from the pub. We've been coming to this little gem of a beach for over thirty years - and the magic is still there.
And Dawn Mackenzie from Stornaway voted for the walk at their favourite beach Luskentyre, on the Isle of Harris, Scotland.
“To have this stretch of stunning coast all to yourself as you walk on it is almost unbelievable. It is a true ‘get away from it all’ place, completely unspoilt by pollution or humans. The quiet winding roads of Harris itself lend stunning views, then to follow the road to Luskentyre Beach is part of the tranquil experience. Most times there is no-one else there. Once on the beach all you can see is sand to the horizon as far as the eye can reach. The vast size of it feels so freeing and wonderful. Even if there are a number of visitors, you feel in a world of your own. Green Caribbean like water, it's hard to believe it's the Outer Hebrides! But every visit leaves me renewed and invigorated, ready for anything. Photograph was taken by my brother, Luskentyre in winter.
All three win a brand new pair of Salt-Water sandals. The perfect sandal for walking along the waters edge, over dunes, through rock pools with sand in your toes and sea air in your lungs.
Thank you for all your entries. To find our more about the work of the MCS visit www.mcsuk.org
We hope the sun shines on your local beach and keep walking.