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Beaches have so much more to offer than just sandcastles and sunbathing. A beach in the autumn and winter is often far less crowded than the summer months – you can appreciate its beauty all to yourself! Wrap up warm, check out those tide times and enjoy a few of these YHA best winter beaches in the UK.

Best for beaches in the UK for beachcombing…

Runswick Bay
Just north of Whitby
Runswick was nominated for England’s best winter beach in the UK for beachcombing. Expect ancient fossils, lost jewellery and semi-precious stones from its crumbling cliffs.
Your nearby YHA: YHA Whitby

Camber Beach
East Sussex
Amber, known as ‘Hastings firestorm amber’ because of its unique colour and characteristics, is often found in the shingle, especially after a storm. A top contender for the best winter beaches in the UK.
Your nearby YHA: YHA Brighton

Best for rock pooling…

Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay is filled with a wide expanse of brilliant rock pools at low tide. We’re still to find Robin Hood and his merry men though!
Your nearby YHA: YHA Whitby

Bamburgh Lighthouse
Harkless Rocks, Northumberland
Bamburgh is regularly voted as one of the UK’s favourite views and is known to be one of the best winter beaches in the UK for rockpooling. It’s not hard to see why with it’s dramatically set castle and miles of unspoilt beach and enthralling rock pools.
Your nearby YHA: YHA Berwick

Best for cave exploring…

Seven Sisters Caves
Broadstairs, Kent
This small network of caves between Botany Bay and Kingsgate Bay have links to notorious smuggler Joss Snelling. It’s a must-see for history lovers.
Your nearby YHA: YHA Canterbury

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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