The pleasures of the British coastline are not just for summer – there's plenty on offer during the winter months too. The crowds have gone, the roads are quiet, and the landscape takes on a more dramatic character. And coastal towns in particular have a wonderful atmosphere in the depths of winter – a pleasant melancholy and peace – and time can seem to stand still.
On many sections of our coast, the roads run close to the shore, so there's plenty you can experience from the warmth of your car. On a sunny winter's day after a frost, views of the coastal landscape are at their absolute best, as the cold light seems to cut the landscape's outlines with laser precision. On more overcast days, there are different attractions: historic towns, pubs and restaurants, castles and cathedrals. Check out are our favourite coastal drives, whatever the weather.
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