01 Feb

January Top 10 Beaches

The TOP 10 BEACHES viewed on Coast Radar during January were:

(1) Thornwick Bay Beach , Bridlington

A headland with two bays of pebbles and flint. The large bay is Thomwick Bay and the small one, Little Thornwick Bay. You can walk between them at low tide and a natural amphitheatre exists with many rock pools.

The headland around here is full of caves, the 3 largest:

  • Smugglers Cave, the largest on the east coast of England,
  • Church Cave
  • ThornWick Cave.

Scuba diving is popular in and around Thornwick Bay as maritime records show 100’s of wrecks within the bay area. Can be some strong currents.

(2) Moggs Eye (Huttoft Beach) Beach , Mablethorpe

Moggs Eye beach also known as Huttoft beach is a quiet sandy beach backed by sand dunes.

Unspoilt countryside leading to this shelving sandy beach over dunes. Wildlife thrives on the natural Lincolnshire coastline and is a haven for birdwatchers, nature lovers and conservationists.

Popular beach with dog walkers as never too busy and you can walk for miles in either direction.

Also a popular sea fishing location.

(3) Littlehampton West Beach , Littlehampton

Littlehampton West Beach is just across the bridge from the main Littlehamton family east beach and is much quieter. Part of the Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and the Climping Beach Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which has national protection. It includes the sand flats, shingle, sand dunes and all animals that feed on them. One of only 3 sand dune systems in West Sussex.

(4) Botany Bay Beach , Broadstairs

Botany Bay in Kent is an old fashioned sandy beach almost 200m long with chalk stacks, rock pools and gentle bathing. This part of the Kent coast boasts the longest stretch of chalk cliffs in Britain with Botany Bay being the northern most of seven bays in Broadstairs.

When the tide goes out you have a chalk reef which is thought to be one of the best in Britain.

(5) Joss Bay Beach , Broadstairs

Joss Bay beach in Kent is a sandy beach sheltered by white chalk cliffs with rocks at either end. The bay was named after an 18th century smuggler called Joss Snelling and is one of the seven bays in Broadstairs.

Joss Bay is popular with water sports enthusiasts and families. In the summer the beach can be packed.

Surfing is at its best between September and April.

Kitesurfing is a struggle due to the cliffs behind the beach and the number of visitors.

Signposted coastal walks or cycle rides from the beach.

(6) Climping Beach , Littlehampton

The beach, as with many along the south coast, has groynes and is pebbles at high tide. But at low tide, a huge expanse of dark, fine, hard-packed sand is exposed, making it an ideal spot for families and shallow swimming. Very popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers with grass areas for setting up.

Climping Beach is a quieter area of coastline than its neighbors of Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. Much of the area is now designated of scientific interest, and parts are a nature reserve although many sections of the sand dunes are now fenced off to protect against erosion and help local species to thrive.

The actual beach is exposed and struggles with coastal erosion and can change it’s appearance between visits.

A great place to base a coastal walk as you can head in either direction. To the East you have the dune eco-system and then Littlehampton. To the West you are backed by countryside and then hit the many private beach estates that line this stretch of Coast.

Climping beach looking towards Littlehampton. Climping beach looking towards Middleton-on-Sea and Bognor Regis. Climping car park.

(7) New Brighton (Wallasey) Beach , Wallasey

New Brighton beach (Wallasey) sand and popular with families.

(8) Pilling Sands Beach , Pilling Sands

Pilling Sands, salt marsh looking North to Morecambe Bay.

(9) West Wittering Beach , Chichester

West Wittering beach overlooking the Solent and Chichester Harbour with the South Downs as a backdrop. An excellent family destination with a Blue Flag beach and large grassy area for parking and sunbathing. There are tidal pools ideal for children. Sandy beach with shingle and dunes.

Back in the 1950’s this area of beach and grassland was purchased by locals to protect it from developers. At low tide you get a quater of a mile of sand backed by some amazing dunes and grassland.

The sea is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers, while shallow lagoons are left on extensive sandy flats at low tide. The whole area is internationally recognised for its wildlife, birds and unique beauty.

From May to September, dogs are excluded from the main swimming beach.

(10) Sandwich Bay Beach , Sandwich

Sandwich Bay beach is pebble at the top and then very large sand flats.

Northern end often used by naturists

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