As you may or may not have seen on Instagram, last weekend I spent a couple of days driving around the South Coast of England. This was all to do with my previous post about discovering more of my home country and making the most of the weekends, at the moment England has finally decided to treat us to some heat and glorious sunshine which is the perfect weather for a road trip. After spending a day and night in elegant Bath (Somerset) we decided to head to the coastline, with no actual set destination we set off to see what we could find and boy, did we do good.
We ended up in a beautiful little place called Sandbanks beach, which neither of us had ever heard of before but it is a small peninsula crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour on the English Channel coast at Poole in Dorset. It is well known for its high property value and has the fourth highest land value in the world! Seriously the houses are incredible and would not look out of place in Los Angeles. Upon further research I also found out that Sandbanks beach has also been awarded the European Blue Flag 26 years in a row, meaning it meets the same standards as the best beaches all over Europe.
Located on one side of the peninsula is a golden sand beach complete with volleyball and frisbee tournaments as well as the most adorable beach huts located right along the sea front, these are available for hire from £35 . Set back a little further from sea front are the typical bucket and spade shops as well as a few eateries. However the beach also has a designated BBQ section and a very conveniently placed Tesco metro; I could not think of a better way to spend an afternoon in England (or most places!) then on a beach with a BBQ and friends. The sea looked incredibly calm, but while it did look inviting, I was not quite brave enough to test it out, despite the amount of people who were off having a swim.
The other side of the Peninsula ( A very short walk away) there are multiple kayak and paddle board rental stalls pitched up along the road, all rentals come with wetsuits/ floatation jackets and some also provide lessons. I have always wanted to learn to paddle board, so a trip may be needed back here to start, as I previously mentioned the sea looked incredibly calm, so many people were taking advantage of these stalls, we even spotted a dog enjoying a paddle board ride. Pay and display car parking is available all along this part of the peninsula, however on a sunny day I would really recommend arriving early, as by the time we moved on to our next destination around lunch time the roads were filled with cars of people heading towards the beach. I would really recommend a trip to Sandbanks beach, it really is stunning and I am quite ashamed to say that I did not realise England had such beautiful beaches (Sorry Brighton, you know how much I love you but your pebble beaches are not the prettiest) but this is exactly what my discovering England mission is all about, finding spots I did not know existed and having an adventure with out the need for a plane.
Let me know in the comments below where you think I should head next on my weekend journeys through England.