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Top National Trust seaside picnic spots
  • Studland Bay in Dorset is a four-mile stretch of natural coastline with gently shelving bathing waters. The area is perfect for water sports and is also home to the country's most popular naturist beach. 
  • Found on the north coast of Northern Ireland, Porstewart Strand is a two-mile stretch of golden sand and visitors should also be able to spot the stunning Mussenden Temple on the horizon. 
  • Lundy Island encompasses a small village and there are no cars allowed on the island. As well as stunning views of the coastline, visitors to the island can discover the 13th-century Marisco Castle and the old disused lighthouse. 
  • Formby boasts glorious sandy beaches, coastal walks and plenty of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. The area is also home to a host of wildlife including red squirrels and natterjacks. 
  • The fishing village of Brancaster Staithe is famous for its mussels and its stunning expanse of coastline. Low tides on the beach mean endless skylines and incredible views of the Norfolk countryside. 
  • On the coastline between Bude and Morwenstow is where you'll find Sandymouth beach which is the perfect place for rockpooling, surfing or even just a nice walk on the beach. 
  • Soar Mill Cove is a remote inlet below Bolt Head which is only accessible via the South West Coast Path. The area is popular with water sport enthusiasts, including those arriving in canoes or kayaks.

  • Hayburn Wyke is a secluded cove between Whitby and Scarborough. The area is perfect for those looking to explore the coastline and the inland area as there is not only a beach but woodland areas for visitors to explore too. 
  • Compton Bay can be found on the south west of the Isle of Wight and it is one of the most popular beaches on the island. The bay boasts plenty of space for activities to be enjoyed as well as plenty of opportunity for watersports. 

  • Barafundle Bay is a remote, east-facing sandy beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales that is inaccessible by car but can be easily reached on foot. The small bay has plenty of dunes as well as huge stretches of golden sand.