Beaches are not just for sun and swimming, there is plenty to be found by the coast during the spring as we are blessed with some of the best beachcombing spots. If you are looking for fun things to do why not unleash the adventurer in you? Spend a spring day on the beach taking part in a natural treasure hunt with friends and family. What a great way to spend a healthy, educational, fun day out with the children. It costs almost nothing, all you need is a suitable pair of shoes for climbing over rocks and good stick. There are no rules, no age , nor time limits.
Every beach has its own story to tell, and you can find so many tales and legends washed up on the tide, hiding under rocks or buried under the sand. However, if you do need some beachcombing inspiration, here is a list of top 10 UK beaches for beachcombing compiled by world champion beachcomber and swashbuckler Cathy Yow, in association with Qualitycoast.org.
Top Ten Beaches for Beachcombing
1. Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire (picture to right)
2. Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire
3. Westward Ho! Beach, Devon
4. Cowes, Isle of Wight
5. Camber Sands, East Sussex
6. Frinton on Sea, Essex
7. Herne Bay, Kent
8. Barmston, East Riding of Yorkshire
9. Combe Martin Beach, Devon
10. Cresswell Dunes & Foreshore, Northumberland
Natural and Historical Treasures
There are many natural treasures such as speckled shells, unusual pebbles, driftwood that has sailed in from far off places, strange looking sponges, tangled seaweed and even shark egg cases can be found. Perhaps you will uncover some nuggets of weathered glass, glittering like precious gems on the sand or in rock pools.
Report Valuable Findings
If you are really adventurous you could invest in a metal detector and find out what man made booty may lie hidden under the sands. Your expedition may uncover such wonders as coins, arrow heads and such like. It is important to note however that should you discover any jewellery or ancient coins these findings must be reported to the district coroner.
Don’t forget to peer into the rock pools; they hold their own live treasures such as fish, crabs, sea anemones, and lugworms. If you peer into the water long enough you may find a periwinkle, or even, if you are lucky enough spot a starfish. It’s an amazing world and one that can be quite mesmerizing.
Everything Has A Story to Tell
Adults and children alike will benefit from a beachcombing day out at the seaside, and every uncovered item holds a story, you can let your imagination go wild as you and the kids share tales of pillaging pirates and mermaids. Your children’s imaginations are boundless and soon they will be coming up with their own stories of how Captain Hook once visited this very beach. They may tell you that Blackbeards’ treasure lies undiscovered in the next cove, and that Captain Jack Sparrow himself was once seen in these here parts searching for the lost pieces of eight!
Why not also check out our top 10 beachcombing tips