As the daylight hours lengthen and the weather begins to become slowly more reliable, our adventures can now resume after a pretty wild winter. To celebrate, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite UK surfing spots for Spring 2021! Hopefully this will help to scratch the itch for those of us who have been waiting months to hit the water, but remember that it'll still be cold so make sure you have your changing robe with you.
1. Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Surfing off the edge of the UK, quite literally. Sennen Cove sits just North from the popular 'end of the world' spot, Land’s End. A popular spot during the warmer holiday seasons, Land's End is still a worthy location during the hardier Spring months. Sennen Cove boasts its golden beaches and consistent surf breaks, making it ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers. With Land’s End a mere 2-miles away, Sennen Cove often picks up Southerly swells. When at higher tides, the North Rocks make for a good shore break.
As far as UK surfing spots go, Sennen is genrally a safe bet. If you happen to find yourself in Cornwall this Spring, the local café and board hire make it the ideal surfers' beach to catch a few waves and enjoy some spring air.
2. Woolacombe Bay, North Devon
As we move across to North Devon, Woolacombe Bay needs no real introduction for surfers. With 3-miles of beach stretching from Morte Point cliffs to Putsborough, Woolacombe is not only home to some fantastic Spring tides but sweeping sand dunes and decorative rainbow beach huts. These ought to help keep the non-surfers in the family occupied, so you can focus on the waves!
3. Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Northumberland is home to some magnificent coastline, castles, dunes and over 100 miles of rugged coastline. If you’re paying a visit to this dramatic coastline, you will have to take in the sights and swell at the Bamburgh Castle beach. The quiet beach lends itself to some impressive rips, so this location is perhaps not for the beginner surfer. That said, the best spot on the beach is the sand bar straight out from Wynding car park. If you enjoy surfing with the seals overlooked by Bamburgh Castle, then we certainly recommend adding Bamburgh beach to your surfing road trip.
4. Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
The next place on our list of UK surfing spots can be found on the South West coast of Wales, which is a well-known hotspot for a consistent swell. The beach breaks at Freshwater West are normally a few feet bigger than other beaches in the area, so it’s always worth having up your sleeve on a flat day. If you’re looking to combine your Spring surfing road trip with some camping and hiking, then Pembrokeshire is a coastal lovers dream. So load up the car and head to South Wales to explore some of the sweeping and quiet beaches.
5. Bournemouth Pier
For those of us looking for a bit more hustle with our surfing trip, Bournemouth pier combines friendly swells with vibrant town life. Bournemouth keeps the vibes classy with tones of nostalgia for the surfer looking to combine great surfing with an equally good coffee on the pier afterwards. If, however, you’re looking your own private surf spot then Bournemouth may not be for you. The city is known for attracting crowds and holiday-makers from all over the UK, so be prepared to share the surf with the locals if you do go.
6. Thurso, Scotland
Quite possibly the most Northern surf break, the size and quality of the waves at this final UK surfing spots are matched with the best in Europe. Overlooked by the dramatic Thurso Castle, these ruins make for the ultimate backdrop when it comes to drama. The rugged coastline and moody sky could certainly help your imagination wander to Viking Age raiders and Medieval knights in between enjoying the epic swell. Thurso perhaps isn’t for the entry-level surfer, however, if you want an atmospheric UK surf adventure this Spring with some challenging conditions then it's the place to be.
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