Coastal walks: beautiful and scenic routes

A bracing sea breeze, waves lapping on the shore, feeling the sand between your toes – there’s plenty to love about a coastal walk. It’s good for your wellbeing too, as research has shown that a seaside stroll can help you sleep longer, and feel calmer.

Coastal walks for wellbeing

In 2015 we conducted a piece of research into how walking by the coast can affect peoples’ wellbeing. The results showed that any type of walking could increase levels of happiness and calmness, but seaside strolls were particularly good for helping people to sleep for longer. On average people got an extra 47 minutes’ rest after a ramble along the shoreline, helping them to feel more alert the next morning.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed also said that walking gave them a distraction from the stresses of everyday life, and boosted their feelings of relaxation and reflection. For many people, being beside the sea brought back memories of their childhood and quality time spent with their families and friends.

" It’s clear that there is something special about the coast. It's a place to escape, that can allow people to boost their mood, relax and sleep longer."
- Eleanor Ratcliffe, environmental psychologist
Find your new favourite walk

Smugglers, shipwrecks, battles, storms – our shores have so many stories to tell. Whether you’re looking for a cliff-top hike, or gentle ramble along the beach, here are some of the best routes to explore.

East of England

North of England

Coast and beaches we recommend

near Kingsbridge, Devon

A long sweep of golden sand and rock pools, with crystal clear waters and iconic rock archway

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Rhosili, Swansea

Beautiful and breathtaking views on the Gower peninsula

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Morston, Norfolk

Spectacular wildlife and uninterrupted views of beautiful coastline

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Exterior of The Old Rectory, West Gower, Swansea

Coastal holiday cottages 

Escape to the coast at one of our unique coastal cottages. With cottages by the beach, sea view apartments and cliff-top retreats, you can holiday to some of the nation's best coastline.