With stunning views, rare wildlife, and historical sites, we're lucky to have some of the best coastal walks just on our doorstep. From top to bottom, there are an abundance of opportunities to stretch your legs, breath in the fresh sea air, and soak in fabulous views. Whether you're a beginner at walking or an experienced hiker, there are walks for all abilities, making it great for trips alone or with the whole family.
With staycations on the rise and the nation's growing appreciation for the great outdoors, there's no better time to boot up and explore some stunning coastal scenes. So, if you're looking to go on a fantastic dog walk, a wholesome day out with the family, or get some top-quality alone time, these are the best coastal walks in the UK.
The Seven Sisters walk, Sussex
If you like panoramic views, beautiful sunsets, and pebbly beaches, then the Seven Sisters is the coastal walk for you. You can walk along multiple sections of the South Downs Way depending on how far you'd like to go, but we recommend exploring Birling Gap and finishing at the infamous Beachy Head in Eastbourne – it’s the last of the Seven Sisters and one of the best cliff walks in the UK. Here, you can take in the marvellous views while getting a bite to eat and refreshments at the pub at the top of the cliff. What's better, Eastbourne has a direct train to and from London, making it one of the best coastal walks near London.
Old Harry Rocks walk, Dorset
Soak in the breathtaking views of the world-famous Jurassic Coast with this coastal walk. Old Harry Rocks is a unique chalking rock formation near Studland, which is part of the Dorset Coastline. Although it’s stunning any time of year, visit in the spring and summer to see grasslands carpeted in wonderful wildflowers - make sure to pack your camera. Old Harry Rocks walk is a loop trail about 4miles (6.5km) in length and should take around two hours, but we suggest taking your time in soaking up the stunning views.
Rhossili Bay Walk, Swansea
Take in the remnants of an ancient South Wales landscape and the fantastic views of Rhossili Bay by walking the Rhossili headland walk. We recommend going at around two hours either side of low tide to access Worms Head, a stunning tidal island just off the coast. But no fret if you can't make it in tide time; it looks fantastic from afar too. This walk is a circular route spanning 3.5 miles (5.6km) and is excellent for walkers of all abilities, making it a great family day out. What's even better is that it's dog-friendly too, meaning you don't have to leave your four-legged friend behind. After all the fresh sea air, there are plenty of fabulous eateries, cafes, and restaurants to refuel.
The Souter Saunter, Sunderland
With the dramatic Whitburn coast and the towering Souter lighthouse, we believe The Souter Saunter is one of the best coastal walks in the UK. If you love spotting wildlife, enjoying scenic views, and discovering the fascinating local history. This walk has it all. With clear pathways, it requires minimal map reading, so it's great for walkers of all abilities. If you're looking to get some food and drink, the Grotto pub provides a unique experience as it’s built into a cliff cave. After a lovely walk and refreshment, you can explore the Souter Lighthouse, built-in 1871.
The Fife Coastal Path, Fife
The Fife Coastal Path is a real feast for the eyes with quaint villages, historical monuments, a golf course, and an abundance of wildlife. The 12.4-mile (20km) Buckhaven to Elie section is our recommended route, passing sandy beaches, a wildlife reserve, and monuments such as Lady Janet Anstruther's Tower. But whatever section of the path you take, you won't be let down.
St Just Coastal Walk, Penzance
Get a real insight into what makes St Just so extraordinary by walking through this Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The circular walk meanders through the historical mining sites and the surrounding coastal heathland. The heathland is packed with rare wildflowers and plant life where you can expect to see some of Britain's most spectacular birds and animals. While glancing out at the incredible Cornish Sea view, you may even catch a glimpse of a basking shark, the second largest fish in the ocean.
If you're planning a trip to one of the best coastal walks in the UK, don't forget to book an Advance ticket via our website or our Train Tickets app. You can also find information on how to get cheaper train tickets via our special offers page. If you need more information, you can contact us here.
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Written by Julia