Top five surf spots

Surfing doesn't have to be about fighting for space on a crowded beach. If you prefer a more peaceful arena for catching some waves, we have just the places for you. Selected by our resident surf champ, we have some amazing spots for surfing in truly beautiful locations. So, why follow the herd? Check out our top five places to surf...

View of Rhossili bay from cliffs
Bring your board here National Trust Images/John Millar

Rhosilli, South Wales 

Llangennith, near Rhossili is arguably one of the best known surf spots in the country. A short walk down the beach and when the swell is too big here, Rhossili works well.

The beach at Compton, Isle of Wight
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Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

This is a popular autumn and summer spot and can work even in small swells. Further down the coast is Hanover Point, an A-frame reef with relatively gentle waves.

Beach seen through long grass, Portstewart Strand, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
Gentle waves at Portstewart National Trust Images / Mike Williams

Portstewart Strand Northern Ireland

A pretty two mile beach which provides the gentlest waves in Northern Ireland. The middle of the beach is good for beginners and either end provides some quality waves. Bailey's, at the eastern end, provides a super-long right that can be the longest wave on the north shore when it works. At the other end of the beach you'll find The Barmouth, a fun left that has an easy ride from the rip back into the line up.

A view of the bay Porthor, Llyn Peninsula, Wales
Great waves at quiet Porthor National Trust

Porthor, Llyn Peninsula

Also known as Whistling Sands due to the noise it sometimes makes when you walk across it. This north west facing beach has great waves when conditions are right, usually best at high tide and in very strong winds. It's worth taking a look when Porth Neigwl is maxed out. It is also popular with bodyboarders.

Sandymouth beach at low tide
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Sandymoth, near Bude, Cornwall

One of the cleanest beaches in the UK and a great way to avoid the crowds. All abilities, beach break, sandy with rocks.