UK’s best beaches: 10 best beaches within easy reach of Hertfordshire to visit in May

A trip to the seaside is a great way to blow away the cobwebs. Being a landlocked county, we’re not exactly blessed with that option here in Hertfordshire.

However, if you fancy braving some of the motorways, there are still plenty of great options right on our doorstep. And as the weather begins to hot up as we head into summer, it’ll no doubt be a popular excursion for many Brits.

We have picked out just some of the top beaches around Herts which could be on your list for the weekend. Where’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Here are some of the best beaches near us. In no particular order, here we go…

1. Gorleston-on-Sea

Gorleston beach has a two-mile stretch of clean, golden sand which curves around the bay. It makes for an ideal destination for a day out and is not only popular with young families but surfers, body-boarders and kite-flyers.

Just three miles from the centre of Great Yarmouth, it takes just over and hour and 45 minutes from Royston. Not too bad if it’s a clear run on the roads.

2. Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-sea
Southend
(Image: Daily Star)

Essex’s most popular seaside town is the closest option for most people in Herts. There’s eight miles of sand and Adventure Island, a popular adventure park, to match.

Southend’s designated beaches are ideal for a paddle. Fancy a dip anyone?

3. Bournemouth

A little further away this time, but Bournemouth boasts some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK. The seven-miles of beaches is ideal if you want a nice, relaxing day on the front.

However, it is a bit of a trek. So it might be worth bagging a room at a cheap bed-and-breakfast and making a proper weekend of it.

4. Folkestone

Harper’s Bazaar argued Folkstone is Kent’s most underestimated seaside town. Could be worth a visit?

Sunny Sands is popular with tourists, and there’s also more outdoor art than anywhere else in the UK. Apparently, at least.

5. Camber Sands, East Sussex

The western end of the beach, by the mouth of the River Rother, is particularly sandy. If you don’t like sand you may want to steer clear.

There are plenty of activities including donkey rides, windsurfing and kite surfing though. Perfect for keeping the little ones occupied.

6. Holkham Beach, Norfolk

This glorious beach covers four miles along the north Norfolk coastline and is well-known with dog walkers. It’s around a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Hertford so you’ll have to set off early to enjoy a full day by the sea. The Times said: “Holkham’s vast semicircular basin is backed by a belt of pines and sand dunes with plentiful birdlife.

“It forms part of the Holkham Estate, which includes the Victoria Inn, with alfresco dining as well as a deer park and Palladian hall. Low tide means a long walk to the sea across an expanse of sand perfect for romping dogs, horses and children, while very high tides create a shallow lagoon.”

7. Frinton-on-sea

Frinton's general feel is safe, relaxed and a like a proper escape from the hussle and bussle.
Frinton-on-Sea

Back in Essexland for this one. Frinton-on-Sea is one of that county’s best-loved beaches.

It’s well-known for keeping an atmosphere akin to the the 1920/30s and is still lined by many Victorian style beach huts. The sandy beach is both quiet and secluded and also has plenty of parking.

8. Denes Beach, Southwold, Suffolk

Southwold is perhaps best known for its award-winning fish and chips – but it offers so much more than that. The Times said: “Head south from the pier and the pretty seaside village much beloved by Londoners and open your deckchair instead on the more secluded sand and shingle Denes Beach, backed by low dunes and marshland but still with beach huts and a promenade.

“It’s a short walk from here to the charming “foot ferry” rowing-boat service (£2pp) across the River Blyth to the pretty village of Walberswick, with its beach and nature reserve of marshy reeds and heathland. The crabbing is better this side of the river too: Walberswick used to host the British Open Crabbing Championship.”

9. Minster Leas beach

Minster Leas beach, which is on the north coast of the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, is a Blue Flag award winner and a popular hotspot in the summer. It’s just a 90 minute drive from Herts.

The beach boasts a grassy area with park benches that slopes down to a long, shingle beach, according to thebeachguide.co.uk. The promenade, popular with dog walkers and families, also runs alongside the beach.

A walk along the promenade offers gorgeous views over the North Sea, The Swale and The Nore, ideal for blowing away those cobwebs. One TripAdvisor reviewer said: “We had a lovely walk along the front. We parked nearby and there were no costs. We walked along the esplanade. Really clean. Relatively flat so not difficult. Not many facilities but a nice walk nonetheless.”

10. Eastbourne

Eastbourne claims to be the UK’s sunniest place. Who are we to argue?

After all, it boasts award-winning beaches and the famous pier. There are also plenty of highly rated restaurants, pubs and nationally-recognised B&Bs. In our books, you can’t go far wrong.

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