OK. So you tried to book a holiday with your pals, but everyone keeps flaking in the group chat.
And they’ve got a point. All things considered, is it worth the five days abroad when you could end up quarantining for another ten, or losing the whole booking after one of you tests positive?
But what if I told you there was a beach three hours away, where you’ll find three miles of gorgeous golden sand, and which might genuinely make you forget you’re in the UK?
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Well, you better believe it, as MyLondon reports.
Rhossili Bay Beach in Swansea, Wales, is an absolute paradise, but it’s little known by most from Yorkshire.
Right at the western end of the stunning Gower Peninsula, you’ll find this beach haven, where soft sand literally stretches for miles along the coastline.
Unlike the beaches most of us are used to, this one is entirely unspoilt.
This is partly due to the fact that the sand is washed by the tide every day, so the beach stays clean and preserved.
When the tide is out, the beach is huge, and you can wander for hours along the coastline, or pass the day away on the sand with the occasional dip in the sea.
The shallow waters are perfect for kids, so you can let them splash around without any worry.
And if you want to feel like you’ve rented your own private island?
Locals say that if you walk far enough along the beach, you’ll always find a spot that’s completely empty.
If you walk just a little up the hill, the panoramic views are breathtaking. Book somewhere to stay for the weekend so you don’t miss the sunset.
It’s no surprise that it’s been voted not only TripAdvisor’s Best Beach in Britain twice, but the third best beach in Europe and ninth best in the world!
The waves are also popular with surfers at certain times of year for those looking for a little something more.
Plus, bring your camera and binoculars if you have them – plenty of rare birds can be spotted nestled in the cliffs surrounding the beach.
It’s recommended you bring snacks with you – part of the beauty and tranquillity of Rhossili Bay is it’s not stocked up with cafes and activities.
But don’t worry, you’ll still find places to eat and drink with a short walk, as well as toilets, shops, and a car park.
Once you’ve maxed out the relaxing, head up to the Pennard Castle ruins or the Worms Head tidal island, which is one of the ‘most photographed landmarks in the world’.
What’s not to love?
How to get there
By car, this journey is around four to five hours depending on where you’re coming from. We’re biased, but it’s absolutely worth the drive.
From Huddersfield, start on the M62, then head towards Wrexham before switching to the M56 and A483 until you join the M4.
From Sheffield or Leeds, you’ll power down the M1, then onto the M42, the M5, M50, then finally the M4. That sounds fussy, but the longest stretch is the M1, and the other motorways will pass quickly. Whatever you do, don’t overshoot the M5 and let your satnav take you over the Severn bridge as that’s a time wasting detour!
Once into Wales you’ll want to follow signs to Swansea, and finally the B4436 following signs to Rhossili bay beach.
By public transport it’s a straight train from Yorkshire to London Paddington then swap to Swansea that comes in at around five hours.
At Swansea, you can hop on an hour-long 118 or 119 bus to the beach.
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