Looking for a getaway? Why not try these winter beaches near London

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Going to the beach in the winter is probably not at the top of anyone’s list right now, however, this collection of picturesque beaches, may change your mind.

Beaches in the UK during winter months have numerous positive sides to them.

No crowds; so yes, that means no more children splashing water in your face or accidently throwing their sandcastle over your neatly presented beach towel.

You may be lucky and even have the whole beach to yourself.

Secondly, let’s not forget the fresh crisp air alongside the beautiful winter sun that takes you back as you step out of your car.

And lastly, magical, mesmerising sunsets. However, make sure to get there early as the sun now sets around four o’clock across the UK.

Voice of London have put together a collection of a few of the best beaches ideal to visit once lockdown has come to an end.

  1. Dungeness, Kent

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Dungeness is an unforgettable destination, formed of a shingle beach in the form of an acute foreland.

Actually, it is classed as one of the largest shingle beaches in Europe and according to CNN travel, serves one of the best fish ‘n’ chips on the Kent coast.

Famous for its unique beauty as the sun starts to draw in and the wind comes in from the English Channel.

This destination will also be a match made in heaven for wildlife experts as it is located near the RSPB Nature reserve, suitable for all ages.

Get there: one hour 30 minutes by train from London St Pancras International to Ashford, and a short bus ride to the beach; around an hour and half by car.

  1. Camber Sands, East Sussex

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This Arabian style beach is full of amazing things to do.

From walking across the stunning stretch of coast, exploring nature trails and even getting a bite to eat at an award-winning restaurant.

If you are brave enough, why not try out some kitesurfing, as this picturesque destination is one of the best locations for this thrilling activity.

Camber Sands is also a designated location for bird watching, so don’t forget to bring your binoculars along.

Get there: one hour 40 minutes by train from London St Pancras International to Rye and a short bus ride to the beach.

  1. Botany Bay, near Broadstairs, Kent

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600-ft long sand strip situated between Margate and Ramsgate, this hidden gem is one of the most breath-taking coastlines in the UK.

The popular tourist location is great for fossils and exploring rock pools once the tied is out.

The bay is backed with a jaw-dropping view of white cliffs and chalk stacks.

If you are feeling peckish, right above the bay you will find a café and restaurant.

Get there: one hour 40 minutes by train from London Victoria or London Cannon street alongside a short bus ride. Around two hours by car.

  1. West and East Mersea Island, Essex

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Mersea Island is one of the most easterly inhabited islands in the UK. This beach is a mixture of shingle and sand, ideal for families.

The island covers around seven square miles so you will never be bored.

West Mersea is most famous for its various oyster bars.

Fossil and nature lovers are more likely to head toward East Mersea.

Get there: one hour by train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester, then 45-minute bus to Mersea Island.


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So, make sure to wrap up warm and charge your camera to capture those moments that speak louder than words!

Words by: Grace Staley | Subbing: Dina Nazari

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