Friday, 3 April 2015

Coast - Day 3 of A to Z Blogging Challenge - Things I Love

I spent most of my life living near the coast, up until 8 years ago. Generally speaking, I don't miss living in Dorset at all, but the one thing I do miss is the beach - the nearest seaside towns to me now are nearly 70 miles away at Southport or Blackpool. To be honest, although I like Blackpool, most of the north west coast is not that great - anyone who's been to places like Fleetwood or Morecambe would never want to go there again. The best coast in the north of England is definitely on the eastern side - here are some pictures of Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay (a truly magical place especially when the tide is low).






 However, my favourite coastline in the north is the Northumberland coast in the north east of England. It is a truly beautiful part of the country which isn't as well known as a lot of the southern coastline, but it is well worth a visit. There are a few small coastal villages around here, with perhaps the best known being Bamburgh. Bamburgh beach is probably my favourite beach in the whole country, mainly because of the castle overlooking the beach. It has a wonderful, magical feel to it, and because it doesn't have the same level of tourism as the southern beaches, that adds to the appeal. One of the best days of my life was on a beautiful, sunny August afternoon sunbathing on this beach. Here are some pictures - the first at Bamburgh beach and the second one at Alnmouth.



 The part of the coast I used to live near is better known. The beaches down there are brilliant - with the best of them perhaps being Sandbanks - but there are other parts of the coast which aren't sandy beaches, such as Lulworth Cove, which are truly spectacular. When you live near the beach, it's easy to take it for granted. I guess that moving away made me appreciate the coast more and I just love being near a beach whenever I can get there. Bournemouth is the main seaside town in the area where I grew up, and has a great beach itself. Here are some pictures :) Bournemouth, Lulworth Cove, Sandbanks and Shell Bay.





However, arguably the most spectacular coastline in England is in the south west. I'd say the Devon coast is on a par with Dorset, but Cornwall tops both of them. I had never been to Cornwall until 2012, and I was more than impressed with what I saw. The Cornish coastline is just beautiful, and the colour of the sea is unlike anywhere else I've seen in England. The best known seaside resorts are probably Newquay and St Ives. Newquay has a reputation for parties and the like, but it's actually (in my opinion anyway) a decent place and the beaches in Newquay are superb. St Ives is very different to most places I've seen but is cool. I stayed in Perranporth, near Newquay, and the beach there was undoubtedly the longest I've seen in England - quite a long walk to the sea. I would love to visit Cornwall again and see some places such as Padstow that I didn't get the chance to see before. Here are my final 4 photos - in Cornwall.





There is something that makes you feel good about being near the coast. I've lost count of the number of times that people have told me 'Dorset is a lovely place' - and the coast is the biggest attraction of this part of England. I would like to move back near the coast one day - but not sure exactly where. Anyway I hope you enjoy reading this and seeing the photos :)



7 comments:

  1. Now they sure look like some great spots. I'd want to see Robin Hood's bay just because of the name haha

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    1. I'm pretty sure there's a historical reason why it's called that, although I don't think it's anything to do with Robin Hood lol

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  2. Gorgeous photos! I visited England in 2011 for the first (and only, so far) time, and fell in LOVE! The friend I stayed with lived in Kent, and we went to so many places along the coast in that area. I couldn't stop taking pictures, it was so beautiful and peaceful! I also loved the old churches (another C!) and cemeteries (again - C!).

    - Allison
    www.allisonwrites.com

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    1. Oh cool, I don't know Kent very well, England is a beautiful country yes :)

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  3. Beach livin is the best! LOVE the photos :)

    - Holly
    www.hollytellander.com

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  4. Although the North Western coast may not be that spectacular (though I certainly disagree with you about Morecambe Bay and its expanse)it might lead people to think that so goes the North-West Coast, so goes the North-West. Travel inland and the North-West - i.e. Cumbria - has some of the most spectacular scenery, not just in England but the world. Such things are always a personal choice, so to deal in absolutes such as Cornwall tops both Devon and Dorset is rather misleading. I much prefer Devon, but as I said, it's a personal choice - and and I certainly have no time for Cornish clods who think that Cornwall is a separate 'Celtic' country.

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