UK heatwave: The best beaches for a day trip from Britain’s biggest cities

The UK is expected to experience a heatwave this weekend, which has many people flocking to the beaches.

Friday was the hottest day in the UK, with temperatures reaching 34C on Friday. This is the third consecutive day of high temperatures. Although temperatures are expected to drop in some parts of the country in the days ahead, the majority of the country will enjoy a warm weekend.

Kayak, a travel search engine, says that it has seen a rise in inquiries about hotels along Britain’s coast this week due to people wanting to enjoy the sun. Whitby, Oban (Scotland), and Llandudno (Wales) are the top five most-searched destinations.

Brits will be looking further afield in 2015, with popular beaches like Blackpool and Brighton off the list. Not everyone can afford to go on a weekend getaway at this short notice.

Here are some beaches that you can visit for a day if you prefer a shorter trip.

London: Camber Sands in Sussex

This stretch of sand can be reached in just two hours from London. It’s perfect for a day trip. This is a unique area of the UK with unusually soft underfoot. Most of the coastline is covered in shingles and pebbles.

The beach and its surroundings are a refreshing breath of air away from the bustling city that has the only East Sussex dune system. Because of its importance to important plant and animal communities, a large portion of this unique dunes is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The waters are generally calm and suitable for swimming on a hot day. However, be aware that lifeguards are not usually present during the off-season.

Manchester: Lligwy, Traeth yr Ora Anglesey, Wales

This gem on the North Wales coast is worth the two-hour drive from Manchester. For wide sandy beaches and other beachside amenities, park up at Lligwy. This area is great for families who want to get away from the city. It offers safe waters and ideal conditions for building sandcastles.

Traeth yr Ora, which is 1.6km along the coast, is worth the short walk. You can only reach this secret beach by foot, but the reward is soft, golden sands.

Bristol: Weston-super-Mare (Staylor)

This North Somerset seaside resort is located less than an hour away from Bristol. The town boasts more than 3km of flat sand with a promenade that features independent shops, cafes, and bars.

Weston-super-Mare has a Victorian Pier if you want to experience the British seaside. You can enjoy rides, food stands, and even a Museum of Memories, where you will be transported back to the past through nostalgic foods, toys, and TV shows.

Newcastle: King Edward’s Bay and Tyne, Tyne and Wear

King Edward’s Bay, a small sandy beach surrounded by cliffs & sandy hills, is perfect for families. You can also make it an afternoon getaway from Newcastle, as it is only 20 minutes away.

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You won’t need to travel far to get a snack or a drink after a long day on the beach.

Edinburgh: Portobello City of Edinburgh

Portobello, a seaside suburb of Edinburgh is only a few kilometers from the city centre. It is close enough to the city that it boasts over 3km of sandy beach, making it ideal for sunbathing and swimming.

Portobello is an independent town with a busy high street that houses shops, restaurants, cafes, and even a Turkish Bath if you want to try something new.