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The Top 10 Surfing Spots in the UK

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If you love the idea of surfing and want to learn it, but Australia and Bali are out of reach when it comes to your holiday budget, fret not as the UK is home to some great surfing spots.

Throughout this article we take a look at the top 10 destinations if you would like to surf a little closer to home.

We know that there are a great number of Cornwall surfing schools and you are sure to be able to attend lessons in some of these areas.

1.     Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Yes, we may be biased, but Fistral Beach is our home for a very good reason. Fistral’s shore break peaks and southern point draw thousands of surf fanatics to Newquay each year to enjoy the many festivals and competitions that it holds. Newquay Activity Centre is one of the best Cornwall surfing schools around, as we cater for surfers of all levels.

2. Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Watergate Bay is another Cornwall surfers paradise. This spot is safe for beginners but experienced surfers can enjoy the bigger swells as they take in the delights of the two miles of shore breaks.

3. Saltburn, Cleveland

Home to the North-East surf scene, Saltburn is great for beginners and for those that aren’t afraid to surf in a colder climate.

4. Thurso East, Scotland

Thurso is home to some of the best waves in Europe with its right-hand reef break that has gained a reputation around the world.

5. Croyde Bay, Devon

This village on the North Coast of Devon is home to some of the best beach breaks in the UK and the village itself is very warm and welcoming.

6. Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire

This huge beach features lots of peaks so it is easy to find a wave, no matter what your skill level. At certain periods the swell can be quite large and forceful so do take care if you are not an experienced surfer.

7.Llangennith, Gower, Wales

There are breaks to be found all along this three mile stretch of beach which makes it the most popular, and one of the prettiest, surf spot in Wales.

8.Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire

Just south of Scarborough, Cayton is a relaxed and peaceful spot to enjoy surfing all year round. ’The Point’ is a great spot for experienced surfers, while beginners can enjoy catching waves at the ‘pump house’.

9. Woolacombe, Devon

You can enjoy consistent Atlantic swells on this two-mile stretch of beach that attracts thousands of surfers each year. There is a strong surfer community in the area that will welcome newcomers just as much as experienced surfers.

10.Polzeath, north Cornwall

We started with Cornwall and we must finish in Cornwall, as we cannot have a top 10 without mentioning Polzeath. With an exposed beach and point break, it has a great swell. It can get busy here, so head to Harlyn Bay to avoid the crowds at peak times.

If you want to attend one of the best Cornwall surfing schools, Newquay Activity Centre has a host of experienced surfing tutors at your service. Whether you want a series of 1-2-1 lessons or you want to join fun group activities, you are sure to have lots of fun.


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