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Last chance for some British sea and sand

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Studland Beach, Dorset. Lookin good.

I wrote this post a month ago but with blogs being so hard to navigate, I am reposting it here so that you can make the most of the info if you’re in the mood to make the most of the great weather and head to the beach tomorrow.

I’m not a pebble beach fans so anyone who likes to contort themselves on a stony mattress had better avert their eyes now! Here are my top tips for lovely day-trip beaches.

A few weeks ago we went back to our favourite beach Mudeford, near Christchurch in Dorset (see previous review here) and it was just lovely.

Mudeford – my regular haunt and an absolute cert for a fab time

I’d also highly recommend the National Trust-owned Studland Beach & Nature Reserve (several beaches, one with a cool little cafe), Lyme Regis Town Beach for the pretty crescent beach in front of the Cobb, right in the heart of the town; Sandbanks beach in Poole – huge swathes of golden sand, plus the fab Sandbanks Beach Cafe, a BBQ facility on the beach and watersports facilities.

A surprisingly lovely spot at Cotswold Water Park. Had a great family day here last year.

Or if you really can’t be bothered to battle through the traffic to hit the hot spot on the coast, why not cheat? The Cotswold Water Park has some of the best watersports facilities around, plus the largest inland paddling beach in the UK next to a picnic area.

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8 comments on “Last chance for some British sea and sand”

  • Catherine Lloyd-Evans September 9, 2013

    Ooh, that looks nice! Never heard of that before – good idea for a birthday surprise break I’m thinking.

  • glamorous glutton September 9, 2012

    I’ve never been to Mudeford but heard a lot about it recently. We used to own a holiday home just up from The Cobb in Lyme Regis, it’s a great old fashioned place for a bit of sand and sea. Great round up – I have to check out the Cotswold park. Thanks GG

    • Muddy Stilettos September 10, 2012

      Why did you sell it? I love The Cobb and Lyme Regis. Would die for a place there! x

  • thepickledprincess September 9, 2012

    I love Dorset its one of my favourite places to be, I have very happy memories from swanage and around there including studland bay! 🙂 Xx

  • Olivia Garran (was boon) September 8, 2012

    How funny, being an ex bucks resident and now in the dorset/ Wiltshire border I am still an avid reader, but more importantly was at mud defied with the kids today- bliss! We made a sand sofa and chill axed like the Simpsons then “jetted away” in our sand speedboat, got to love the British riviera! X

    • Muddy Stilettos September 9, 2012

      Ah, I so love Mudeford. I even managed a proper swim in the sea last time I was there. Now that’s brave. Lovely to hear from you Olivia. Hope all is good with you x

  • karenguttridge September 8, 2012

    Having left Sandbanks beach just over an hour ago I can confirm that – yes – it was peaceful, sunny and…sandy (as expected). The tourists have all gone home so all the Bournemouth and Poole beaches are empty…sshhhh.

  • Karen Guttridge September 8, 2012

    Having just left Sandbanks beach just over an hour ago I’m in total agreement – yes, it was lovely. Peaceful, sunny and…sandy (as expected) 🙂 The tourists have all gone home so the Bournemouth beaches are….empty….shhhh.


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