The UK is a hidden gem when it comes to surfing: many people don't realise that there are lots of great surf spots all over the country. Weather conditions can sometimes be trickier than in warmer parts of the world, but it's still easy to find great waves and when you do catch the summer sun it's the perfect place for your surfing holiday.
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The Top 5 Beaches For Surfing In The UK
The most popular beaches for surfing are in the south of England due to the higher temperatures, but if you're willing to wear a wetsuit and brave the chillier seas, there are stunning surfing beaches to be discovered up and down the coast. Check out our favourite beaches for surfing holidays in the UK below.
1. Fistral Beach, Cornwall
Fistral beach is one of the best-known surf spots in the UK, thanks to its reliable waves that suit both beginners and advanced surfers. The British National Surf Championships are held here every year, and there are lots of facilities on the beach like a surf club, restaurants, and bars. It's right by the town of Newquay which is famous for its laid-back vibe and great nightlife.
2. Saltburn, North Yorkshire
The North Yorkshire coast has lots of good beaches for surfing, and Saltburn is popular with locals. There's a surf equipment shop and hire by the beach, and a great community feel with regulars meeting weekly to surf together. There's also a local surf school that provides affordable hourly lessons.
3. Llangennith Beach, Gower
This scenic Welsh beach has over three miles of sand, so it rarely feels crowded, apart from on hot summer days when people come to paddle and sunbathe. Surfers can be found here throughout the year, and the beach breaks are suitable for all levels of ability. The rolling Welsh hills offer a beautiful backdrop too.
4. Pease Bay, Berwickshire
Only a few miles from Edinburgh, Pease Bay is one of the most easily accessible beaches in Scotland. It has breathtaking views and brilliantly blue water, and it has been a surfing hub in Scotland for decades. It can be challenging at low tides due to the shallow water, but it's ideal for advanced surfers.
5. Croyde, Devon
Croyde is arguably the most famous surf spot in the UK, with thousands of visitors each year drawn to the impressive waves. Croyde itself can get crowded and is best-suited to expert surfers, but Saunton Sands is just around the corner and has gentler waves for beginners. It's also an ideal place for a surfing holiday as it's in close proximity to lots of other surfing beaches up and down the coast, in both Devon and Cornwall.