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From the Cornwall coast to the Isle of Sky, Britain has many hidden gems that boast quaint personalities, unique settings, and beautiful views along a choice of long walks.

Last year, Google searches for the term “staycation” increased by 500% when compared to 2019.

This surge in interest has put the popularity of the UK’s best coastal towns through the roof as holidaymakers continue to opt for the English coast.

Discover our favourite spots along the UK coastline below.

Best Coastal Towns for Long Walks

Whether your holiday plans have been jeopardised, you’re looking for a backup plan, or if you’re choosing to spend your break in a cottage along a coastal path, continue reading to find the best ways to explore the coast.

Coastal Walks

Where to Visit:

White Cliffs of Dover, Kent

Coastal Paths for Families:

The White Cliffs of Dover have a short, wheelchair friendly footpath that leads up to a viewing point. Perfect for families with young children that want to take in the iconic scenery of rolling hilltops, a sheer chalk edge and the English Coast.

This path has been created with all weathers in mind and is a staggered incline, allowing for a few breaks on the way up the coastal path if needs be.

Long Walks for the Experienced:

A 10-mile walk that stretches from the busy port of Dover to the lovely seaside town of Deal is ideal for those who want a bit more of a challenge.

This coastal path takes you past Dover Castle and Henry VIII’s fortresses and allows you to take in the range of scenery, geology, and wildlife. On a clear day, you will even be able to spot France across the pond.

Coastal Walks

Where to Visit:

Blakeney, Norfolk

Coastal Paths for Families:

This quaint Norfolk village offers a number of walks for a range of abilities.

For those with children, there is a 3-mile walk that takes you through the town and towards the English Coast in a circular route, allowing you to see the area but also pick up an ice cream along the way! It starts at Blakeney Church’s bus stop and goes down the high street, through the quay and along the harbour.

Long Walks for the Experienced:

If you’d like to explore the coast a bit more, there is a 7.5-mile option that runs alongside sea defence walls and through the neighbouring villages of Cley and Wiveton.

The River Glaven, which runs beside the route for part of the way, was once a navigable river for sea vessels and served the ports of Wiveton and Cley.

Costal Walks

Where to Visit:

Portmeirion, Wales

Coastal Paths for Families:

There is a coastal path in Wales that takes you past impressive Victorian engineering and stunning coastal views. It goes from the post office in Porthmadog, along the Cob embankment and through the village of Portmeirion.

This 4 1/2 mile walk is easy to walk as it doesn’t have any steep hills, but it is important to note that children will need to be accompanied when crossing some of the busy roads.

Long Walks for the Experienced:

There is a 7-mile-long walk from Portmeirion to Black Rock Sands, Gwynedd. It goes past a salt marsh that is a bird watcher’s paradise, through a pretty fishing town called Borth y Gest and past a series of quiet sandy coves.

Coastal Walks

Summary:

The UK coastline offers a wide range of coastal paths that make for beautifully long walks. This year, make the most of Britain’s best coastal towns and take a trip to one of these quintessential seaside villages. Take a look at our range of wellington boots that have been specifically created for long walks and typical British weather!

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