Celebrating the unsung diversity of the British coast

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The main island of Britain boasts an impressive 11,073 miles of coastline. Throw in some of the other larger British islands and you have almost 20,000 miles of coast. With so much shoreline it is perhaps no wonder there is a fantastic variety of coastal scenery on offer.

Yet for many visitors to Britain a visit to the coast does not form part of their plans. Here are just a few snaps I have taken in the last few years on my travels around the UK that give a tiny glimpse into the delights on offer around the edges of our wonderful country.

A winter afternoon at Formby Point, a short drive north of Liverpool

A winter afternoon at Formby Point, a short drive north of Liverpool

Sandy bay on the Isle of Barra, Scotland

Sandy bay on the Isle of Barra, Scotland

Lymington Harbour, Dorset

Lymington Harbour, Dorset

North Norfolk Coastal Path

North Norfolk Coastal Path

Criccieth Castle, North Wales

Criccieth Castle, North Wales

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

Natural Arch on Mingulay, Outer Hedrides, Scotland

Natural Arch on Mingulay, Outer Hedrides, Scotland

Along the Dorset Coast, near Lulworth

Along the Dorset Coast, near Lulworth

Duart Castle on Mull, Scotland

Duart Castle on Mull, Scotland

Summer day on the beach at St Ives, Cornwall

Summer day on the beach at St Ives, Cornwall

Beach hut near Whitstable, Kent

Beach hut near Whitstable, Kent

This post is written by Andy Jarosz who owns the 501 Places travel blog. All photographs are copyright of Andy Jarosz and may not be reproduced with his permission.

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5 Responses to “Celebrating the unsung diversity of the British coast”

  1. John
    November 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Andy, the UK coast holds a fascination for me. The TV programme “Coast” is one of the few programmes I watch regularly, apart from “Doctor Who” that is ;)
    I’m sure this and some of your other posts will attract more visitors to the British Coast. Certainly, Belgium and the Netherlands doesn’t have the variety of coastal landscapes that Britain offers.

  2. Andy Jarosz
    November 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Thanks John – it does seem that Britain doesn’t make the most of selling the virtues of its coastline. There are some spectacular sights and these photos barely scratch the surface (I could have included the Moray Firth, the Northern Isles, Holy Island, Robin Hood’s Bay, etc etc etc). Definitely one of our natural ‘secrets’

  3. Derek Fogg
    November 7, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Hi Andy. I’m with John on this one but not watching Dr Who, :-) only the fascination with the coast. Apparently it is something to do with us being an island nation, we get drawn to the sea.
    Through my landscape photography I have a personal objective of trying to capture as much of the British coastline as I can. You can see the areas already visited through my website if you are interested.

    • Andy Jarosz
      November 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

      Thanks for the link Derek – you have a great website with beautiful photos. I’ve really enjoyed a flick through these. My photos are very modest in comparison :-)

  4. Richard Smith
    July 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Some lovely pictures Andy, not enough is being done to promote the wonderful island we live on!

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