Top surf spots

Some people head to the coast for the tranquility of rolling waves and open beaches, others for bracing cliff-top walks. If you're looking for an adventure, why not pack up the board and head to one of our top surfing beaches? Whether you're an experienced surfer or just getting started, you're sure to find the perfect location for you.

A surfer enjoying the waves

Beaches in Cornwall 

For beautiful sandy beaches, surfing, walking, water sports and more, it’s hard to beat Cornwall. We look after a several coastal gems down here, from the family-friendly cove at Lansallos to the prime surfing beach of Sandymouth. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful day beside the sea or hoping to ride the waves, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Surfer at Woolacombe, Devon

Top surf spots in North Devon 

North Devon offers some of the best surfing beaches in the country, from the popular sweep of Woolacombe Bay where beginners can dip their toes, to the lesser known site of Lynton where experienced surfers can test their mettle. Ready to hit the waves? Read on to discover some of Devon’s finest.

The beach at Compton, Isle of Wight

Compton Bay, Isle of Wight 

Compton Bay is a great spot for surfing in summer, and even through to autumn. Surfers of all abilities will be able to catch some waves here, even in small swells. The best conditions are low to mid tides with winds from the south east or north-north-west, when the swell can be anything from 2 to 5 ft. If you fancy a change of scene then you can also head down the coast to Hanover Point, an A-frame reef with relatively gentle waves.

A group learning to surf

Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire 

With consistent swell and strong waves, Freshwater West is regarded as one of Wales’ top surfing spots. There can be strong rip currents on this part of the coast so it’s more suited for experienced surfers, but keen beginners can book sessions with the local team at Outer Reef Surf School to learn how to enjoy this special place safely.

A view of the bay Porthor, Llyn Peninsula, Wales

Llŷn Peninsula, Wales 

The Llŷn Peninsula has some top surfing spots, from the spectacular barrels at Ceiriad when conditions are right, to consistently good waves at Hell's Mouth. Quieter days are good for beginners, while big swell days give a good shot of adrenaline for experienced surfers.

Beach seen through long grass, Portstewart Strand, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

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.

View of Rhossili bay from cliffs

Rhossili, South Wales 

Rhossili is arguably one of the best-known surf spots in the country and can be busy during the summer, but with three miles of golden sands on offer there’s plenty of room to spread out. The bay offers some of the Gower’s most consistent surf spots that work well for all abilities, but experienced surfers in search of a slightly larger swell may want to head for middle section of the beach, below Llangennith village.

Child bodyboarding on a beach

Saltburn, North Yorkshire 

With eight miles of golden sand, huge cliffs and a promenade, Saltburn is a great choice for spending a sunny day by the seaside. The beach is popular with surfers and has good beginner waves either side of the pier. You’ll find a surf shop just above the beach where you can pick up all the essentials, or book some lessons you’d like a hand getting to grips with the board. Need a break from riding the waves? There are also plenty of cafes nearby where you can refuel before heading back out.


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