The UK’s eight best surf spots

16 June 2020

Forget Bondi and Bali, right here in Britain we’ve got some amazing surf spots with conditions tailored for complete novices looking to try something new through to seasoned salty professionals with a penchant for thrills. So, grab your board and your warmest wetsuit and head out to experience the swell at one of the UK’s finest surfing spots.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

Along Dorset’s fossil-laden Jurassic Coast, you’ll find Kimmeridge Bay, one of southern England’s finest surfing spots. The variety of conditions here makes it perfect for any level, with the bay area providing sheltered conditions for beginners and The Bench delivering thrilling waves measuring over 10 feet in height.

Portrush, County Antrim

Portrush offers two different options for surfers: East Strand and West Strand. East Strand has conditions favourable for beginners, with smaller waves a result of its sheltered location. When the wind picks up, you’ll find some fast and furious waves on the West Strand, but these are only advisable for more advanced surfers.

Sennen Cove, Cornwall

Delivering some of the most consistent beach breaks across the county, Sennen Cove is a beautiful coastal spot on Cornwall’s southern-most tip. Besides the great surf, the village of Sennen is postcard-perfect image of the British seaside as it sits bathed in the summer sun.

Croyde, North Devon

An excellent spot for the experienced surfers amongst you, Croyde provides some of the best waves in the whole of the UK. The low-tide conditions are the best, although this can lead to crowding, so if the waters get a little busy head over to Woolacombe where you’ll find a gentler pace and quaint coastal village to match.

Thurso, North Scotland

Boasting some of Europe’s best surfing conditions, Scotland’s most northerly town has world-renowned surf against a backdrop of the ruins of Thurso Castle. We’d recommend only experts take to the waters off Thurso as the strong North Sea waves can whip up huge waves.

Pease Bay, Berwickshire

On Scotland’s east coast, Pease Bay is an exposed beach break with consistent surf. Its close proximity to Edinburgh makes it a great add on for a trip to the Scottish capital. Autumn brings the warmest ocean temperatures so we’d recommend planning your trip around then.

Fistral Beach, Cornwall

The southwest of England has the lion’s share of the UK surf spots, and the jewel in its crown is Fistral Beach. As the host of the British National Surf Championships it should be no surprise that seasonal conditions can create steep powerful waves here for experienced surfers to thoroughly enjoy, while during summer, gentler more rolling waves are an ideal playground for newcomers as they soak up the sun.

Saltburn, North Yorkshire

Surfers of all abilities can feel at home in the thriving surf community found at Saltburn in North Yorkshire. The beach is split by a Victorian-era pier, with mellow conditions found on either side that are perfect for learners looking to sharpen their skills.


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