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1. Posted by Cndctr2305 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hello!

I am trying to plan a sandy beach holiday for a friend, in the UK, for roughly mid-October this year

This would be for 4 or 5 nights and the beach and surrounding area must be very cool (20 °C or under), as my friend is highly heat-sensitive

The hotel would be a 5-star hotel (the friend has not travelled in 3 years, saving up for this!), perhaps with a spa.

It would be nice if it were somewhat free of crowds.

Preferably the beach would be accessible by rail from London.

Does anyone have any suitable beaches & hotels they can recommend? Thanks! :-)

2. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1297 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

In mid October you're unlikely to experience temperatures over 20 degrees in England, unless we have a freak heatwave, so I would focus on the other essentials. Somewhere in Bournemouth might suit you if sand on the beach is a requirement, although I can't recommend any specific hotels as I've never stayed there. It's not likely to be particularly quiet but it tend to attract older and therefore not boisterous visitors.

Further north, and therefore likely to be cooler, Scarborough springs to mind but again I can't recommend a specific hotel.

My own favourite sandy beaches are those of Northumberland but they're harder to reach by train and tend not to have luxury accommodation nearby. Bamburgh has a fantastic beach and is quiet but accommodation is in mid-range pub-style hotels or self-catering, and you'd really need a car.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1424 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I wholeheartedly agree that getting daytime temperatures anywhere near 20 in an English mid-October would be pretty unusual. I think we had this year's 'freak heatwave' in the Spring. :-)

Everywhere in the UK which has a railway station is accessible by rail from London!

Mid-October will be 'free of crowds' everywhere except for school half-term weeks. They vary from county to county (and from UK country to UK country) but are usually either the second or third week of October.

So....a few more places with a railway station, a sandy beach and one or more 5* hotels:

Eastbourne

Weymouth

Torquay

Blackpool (!)

Shanklin and Ventnor on the Isle of Wight also have 5* hotels and beautiful sandy beaches.. Train to Portsmouth Harbour then fast ferry across the Solent to Ryde (ferry leaves from below the station platforms). The IOW has a short railway line which runs from Ryde to Shanklin but for Ventnor you'd need a taxi (or the bus).

For obvious reasons, the vast, vast majority of English 5* hotels are either in London or with easy travelling distance of that city. If you drop your standard to 4* you'll have a far wider choice of hotels in rail-accessible locations with a sandy beach.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2020, 17:08 GMT by leics2 ]

4. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1297 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Eastbourne's beach is mainly shingle although there is sand at low tide. With that noted, it's a good option on the other counts. Weymouth and Torquay would be good too, I agree.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2049 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If it were me I'd look for something more interesting and unusual. Such as the Portmeirion hotel (which is by a beach), or various places on the Isles of Scilly such as the Tresco estate, the Star Castle hotel on St Mary's, or Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher. Or lots of choice of grand hotels in the Hebrides. As with anywhere in the UK the weather is questionable in October but when the sun shines it can be like the Caribbean. On the Scottish mainland I'd look at somewhere near Camusdarach Beach near Arisaig. That's accessible by rail.

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1424 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>Eastbourne's beach is mainly shingle although there is sand at low tide.

I didn't notice that last year, Sarah. Perhaps I was at the other end of the beach to where you walked? :-)

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1424 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Aberystwyth in Wales has a lovely sandy beach, is accessible by train and has a 5* hotel on the seafront (the Gwesty Cymru).

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2020, 18:52 GMT by leics2 ]

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1522 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I can't believe nobody's suggested Skegness already?!!!! :):):)

Except that the best hotel you're likely to get there is a 4 star.

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2049 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

I can't believe nobody's suggested Skegness already?!!!! :):):)

The thought crossed my mind but I didn't want to deny you the opportunity! :)

10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1297 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>Eastbourne's beach is mainly shingle although there is sand at low tide.

I didn't notice that last year, Sarah. Perhaps I was at the other end of the beach to where you walked? :-)

We holidayed in Eastbourne a lot when I was a child as my great aunt and uncle ran a guesthouse there. I'm not aware of any part of the beach that has sand even at high tide. Like most (all?) the beaches along the Sussex coast it's mainly shingle. The local tourist board seems to confirm my recollection that the sand is only at low tide: https://www.visiteastbourne.com/explore/seafront/beaches

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jul-2020, 07:32 GMT by ToonSarah ]