Better Manchester is perhaps landlocked, however we actually aren’t that removed from some superb seashores.
If sizzling climate is on the way in which, you is perhaps wished to discover a sandy stretch to benefit from the solar. And there are loads inside simple attain of town, good for a day journey to the seaside.
Whether or not you need to take the youngsters to the seaside for a day trip or need to take advantage of the climate by enjoyable on the sand, we have rounded up a few of the greatest coastlines close by.
Relying on the place you’re in Manchester, most of those listed might be inside at most a two-hour drive of town. Some are conventional British resorts with all of the sights you’d look forward to finding on the seaside, whereas others are pure retreats which can be a peaceable distinction to the bustling vacationers traps.
However all are beautiful examples of a few of the lovely coastlines that may be discovered proper right here within the UK – no jetting off required. Some you will recognise a well-liked UK coastal locations whereas others is perhaps new seashores so as to add to your record.
So pack your swimsuit, suncream and bucket and spade and get out and revel in the very best of the Nice British seaside.
Bear in mind not all seashores might be manned by lifeguards, and importantly, make sure you keep social distancing in order that we are able to proceed to get pleasure from our neighbouring coastlines.
Verify native info for every of the seashores forward of journey and be conscious to park considerately when visiting.
Check out the 16 greatest seashores inside two hours of Manchester.
Head to the Wirral to find the stretch of shoreline generally known as Pink Rocks and the placing space of rust colored sand dunes is accessible from Stanley Street in Hoylake.
The shallow bay creates loads of rock swimming pools good for exploring or somewhat paddle.
The rock swimming pools additionally assist a small inhabitants of natterjack toads and wild flowers, butterflies and skylarks can all be discovered within the sand dunes there.
It is also a nicely famous website for its information of migrant birds. Altogether over 200 species have been recorded with as much as 170 species sighted in a single 12 months.
This gorgeous stretch of enormous, sandy seaside additionally overlooks Hilbre Island.
Only a stone’s throw from Blackpool, this lovely stretch of Lancashire shoreline is commonly somewhat quieter than it is neighbour.
There may be an ornate Victorian pier in entrance of intensive tidal sands and a boating lake, plus miles of land to discover. Other than the large pure seaside, there is a assortment of exceptionally manicured gardens, and loads of conventional seaside sights.
There’s additionally a paddling pool and a splash park good for youthful guests plus a decorative pond with a ravishing waterfall and resident geese. Guests can even discover a beautiful row of seaside huts in array of pastel colors adorning the shoreline.
Whereas the city itself has loads of eating places and B&Bs, its personal artwork gallery and Lytham Corridor, a surprising Georgian nation home – a jewel on the Fylde shoreline.
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Nestled between Southport and Formby, this stretch of sandy shoreline is taken into account among the best within the area – and the one one which has ever been awarded a Blue Flag.
Not solely is it famend for its distinctive water high quality and native facilities, it is recognised as one of many best seashores in your entire UK for kite sports activities and has its personal devoted space on the sand.
It is also a delegated bathing seaside too, whereas the sand dunes of Ainsdale supply the proper alternative to expertise the pure fantastic thing about the world, with a number of waymarked trails to comply with alongside the panorama.
This small and secluded cove may be discovered nestled by the North Wirral Coastal Park and is a well-liked spot with surfers and wind surfers owing to it is prime place and delicate breeze.
It’s a large and sandy seaside flanked by small pure sand dunes and a promenade. Whereas guests can even uncover the Leasowe Lighthouse – the oldest brick lighthouse within the nation.
Decommissioned in 1908, the lighthouse which is 101ft (27 metres) is now a website of public curiosity.
That is an exceptionally clear, sandy seaside with dunes and loads of house for constructing sand castles or having a waterside picnic.
Sorted by the Nationwide Belief, it is a ravishing stretch with dramatic prehistoric sand dunes, surrounded by towering forests alongside the sweeping shoreline. The adjoining dunes are house to a wealth of wildlife and the pinewoods that cloak the shoreline are house to a resident colony of native crimson squirrels.
You may discover much less of the standard seaside sights discovered at neighbouring Southport, as an alternative a ravishing instance of England’s pure shoreline. It additionally boasts pretty views throughout the Wirral and North Wales.
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Morecambe is the quintessential English seaside city with a sandy seaside and award-winning seafront promenade that overlooks over 5 miles of golden shoreline.
Watersports resembling windsurfing and a go to to the RNLI boathouse are additionally out there.
It has loads of cafes and eating places for guests in search of a spot of lunch.
There may be additionally Joyful Mount Park on the promenade, providing an indoor and out of doors play space, decorative gardens and a habitat path. It additionally boasts beautiful views of the Lakeland Fells straight from the bay.
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Fleetwood seafront is definitely made up of three totally different stretches of seaside. The elements across the Rossall coastal defence scheme are typically quieter and are house to a lot of pure coastal options together with sand dunes and grasslands.
Whereas guests to the Esplanade and Marine Seashore can count on a standard seaside expertise with the close by boating lakes, landscaped gardens, lighthouses and seafront stalls and retailers. Plus the backdrop of some unique Victorian options from the heyday of the nice British summer season vacation.
Or comply with the coast in the direction of the Wyre Estuary and uncover the beautiful pure panorama of the character Park.
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Simply 5 minutes stroll from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and you will find the sandy shores of Southport seaside.
It is the proper spot for a standard day trip on the seaside, with swathes of golden sands good for constructing sandcastles and water protected sufficient to paddle in.
The Victorian city has loads to supply with fairground rides, conventional reward retailers and boutiques and delightful botanical gardens.
Southport Pier, the spectacular Marine Lake and the King’s Gardens are simply a few of the many different causes to make a journey to the traditonal Merseyside seaside city.
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Most likely among the best identified seaside resorts in Britain, Blackpool’s seaside is a extremely standard spot.
There are seven miles of sand in whole, with the primary seaside mendacity between two of the piers and backed by the well-known Golden Mile promenade. That means there’s loads of house for sandcastles, sunbathing and household video games.
There’s additionally donkey rides, deck chairs for rent, ice cream kiosks and all the normal touches you’d count on from a traditional British seaside resort.
To not point out the wealth of sights discovered only a stone’s throw from the seafront, together with the world well-known Pleasure Seashore, the Blackpool Tower and extra.
And it is lower than an hour away.
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On the northeastern tip of the Wirral peninsula you will discover the seaside resort of New Brighton. With open stretches of lengthy sandy seashores which line the Irish Sea and mouth of the Mersey, it is a completely quintessential seaside city.
The world has lately undergone a £60 million redevelopment scheme, so there’s a great deal of new sights alongside the seafront if you happen to can pull your self away from the smooth golden sands.
You may additionally discover the UK’s longest promenade at barely over two miles from begin to end, with nearly a mile of golden sand and on a transparent day you get an exceptional view out throughout to Liverpool.
Remember to take a look at Fort Perch Rock – a former defence set up – and the resident lighthouse, collectively two of the Wirral’s most well-known landmarks.
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If you’d like a quieter and extra peaceable seaside expertise, head to Meols Seashore at Hoylake, a protracted and sandy stretch of shoreline
It is place permits for a recent breeze making it standard with kite sport lovers and sand buggying.
It’s in an enviable spot overlooking the Liverpool Bay and the Mersey Estuary. It additionally has native retailers and cafes close by, whereas the four-mile-long North Wirral Coastal Park is subsequent to the seaside and adjoining to the ocean partitions, good for exploring the native reedbed and sand dune habitats.
It’d solely be 300 metres in size however it’s an extremely standard little stretch of sand.
This clear seaside is definitely accessible and has some superb views out in the direction of the Dee Estuary and the undulating North Wales hills.
From right here you may also stroll to Hilbre Island Native Nature Reserve, discovered round half a mile off shore – but it surely’s solely accessible at low water. It is one in every of a number of little islands that may be reached throughout low tide.
There’s additionally loads of locations to cease off for an ice cream or a espresso in shut proximity to the shoreline.
It is also actually near the West Kirby Marine Lake, which is take into account among the best of its variety within the area.
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Make a journey as much as North Wales and uncover a stretch of seashores alongside the northern most level of the nation.
Prestatyn Central is a well-liked spot with day trippers, and watersports followers owing to its giant tidal vary. It is simply half a mile out of the city centre, and has a large sandy seaside good for a day sunbathing or constructing sandcastles. It additionally marks the beginning of the Offa’s Dyke Nationwide Path which runs to Chepstow and marks the border between Wales and England.
Or head over to the neighbouring Ffrith or Barkby seashores, somewhat out of the city however usually quieter.
A promenade becoming a member of Prestatyn’s three seashores is greater than 4 miles lengthy and affords nice strolling across the sandy bays.
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East of Prestatyn you will uncover the attractive Talacre seaside – the primary of the numerous seashores alongside the North Wales shoreline.
Right here you will discover a large expanse of sweeping golden sands that stretch for miles when the tide is out. Backed by miles of sand dunes, these pure habitats are additionally a Website of Particular Scientific Curiosity (SSSI) with resident uncommon species.
It is also house to the Level of Ayr lighthouse, which was decommissioned 1884 and supposedly haunted by the ghost of a former keeper. Nevertheless right here shouldn’t be a spot for swimming, as sturdy currents make the waters unsuitable, however the big quantity of open sand makes it the proper spot for constructing sandcastles or just enjoyable and having fun with the sound of the tide.
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Head somewhat additional into Wales and go to Rhyl, which has miles of spectacular sandy seashores. The busiest is Rhyl Central, reverse the highest of the excessive avenue. When the tide is out, the seaside is completely big, which means though it will get extremely busy there’s nonetheless loads of room. You may additionally discover the SeaQuarium on this stretch of the promenade, together with the occasions area and amusement arcades. The world can be subsequent in line to reap the benefits of the Rhyl regeneration undertaking so watch this house.
Or head additional as much as the west finish of the seaside in the direction of the harbour to find a quieter stretch, with fabulous views out throughout the ocean and over to the close by Pont y Ddraig (which lights up at evening). On the shoreline there’s additionally the reimagined Solar Centre – generally known as SC2 – and a big youngsters’s playground.
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Dubbed the “Queen of Welsh Resorts”, Llandudno is all the things you’d count on from a standard Victorian seaside resorts.
Cut up into two stretches, the North Shore and South Shore, each are award-winning and sheltered by headlands.
It is the biggest resort in Wales and it is remained true to it is Victorian and Edwardian splendour, with loads of conventional and fashionable sights inside simple attain of the seafront.
North Shore boasts a protracted Victorian pier packed filled with sights and amusements, whereas on the promenade you will discover a conventional Punch and Judy present, donkey rides, ice cream stands and a bandstand which frequently has dwell music. Head additional east to find a play space, paddling pool and plenty of stalls.
Whereas the quieter South Shore has pure sand dunes and a peaceable ambiance within the shadow of the Little Orme.
A large and flat promenade affords a surprising stroll alongside the shore because it hugs the shoreline alongside the Bay of Llandudno. With uninterrupted views out in the direction of the Irish Sea, the seaside at Llandudno can be flanked by the Ormes