The Sunspel Guide to the British Isles

With the last days of Summer drawing closer, why not  jump in the car, grab a last minute train ticket (or even fly) to explore the wonders of the British Isles before Autumn sets in. Just to be on the safe side, why not pack an umbrella?

Seaford, East Sussex

East Sussex, was the setting for our campaign last season. We were immediately taken with the extraordinary views of the chalk cliffs from the surrounding South Downs. Also nearby is the Seaford Head Nature Reserve, offering cliff top walks and a wide variety of wildlife. The shingle beach boasts warm water in the summer ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Stick around until dusk to witness the spectacular sunset along the Sussex coastline.

Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Considered a beauty spot of the UK, Lulworth Cove is a circular bay that forms part of Dorset’s Jurassic coast. It’s neighbouring Durdle Door, is just as beautiful but more difficult to reach, though highly recommended for those willing to brave the steep walk down. This heritage site is the perfect spot for swims and stunning coastal walks. For those with a particular interest in geology, the nearby heritage centre fully educates on Cove’s surrounding cliffs dating as far back as the Cretaceous period.

Whitstable, Kent

Seafood lovers around the country have headed to the Kent coast to sample the best of it’s annual oyster festival for years. For those lacking the taste for mussels, Whistable has plenty to offer in it’s charming high streets, harbours and sea fronts where you can watch fishing boats coming in with their hauls of the day. It’s warm beaches make the town especially popular in high season but perfect for a day trip with the family.

Whitby, North Yorkshire Coast

This picturesque seaside town is marked by a long cultural heritage. Sitting on the North Yorkshire coast and overlooked by a ruined Abbey, the town has retained its narrow medieval streets, lined with all manner beautiful inns cafes and pubs that instantly transport you to another era. Head down it’s famous 199 steps to it’s historic harbour still lined with colourful fishing boats. In fact Whitby is a town steeped in maritime and literary history, having made an appearance in Melville’s Moby Dick, and Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, The seaside town was also where Captain Cook built his four discovery ships.

St.Ives, Cornwall

Cornwall has much to be proud of in its wide array of sandy beaches and resorts, making for the perfect late Summer getaway. However St.Ives is the jewel in its crown, with numerous clear  sheltered beaches along the coastline. The old fishing town has remained unspoilt for generations, keeping much of it’s architecture. Despite being the perfect spot for a swim and a surf, St.Ives also has a long held reputation as an artist colony, with many taken with its quality of the light and bohemian culture. The town has been home to noted sculptor Barbara Hepworth, potter Bernard Leach and painter Ben Nicholson. A visit to St.Ives should include a stop over at the Tate Gallery and the Godfrey Lighthouse,which has inspired the likes of Virginia Woolfe and DH Lawrence.

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