Best UK seaside resorts?

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The travel magazine Which? has published its list of best seaside towns in the UK.

llansteffan beach
Llansteffan failed to make the Which? list and so remains off the beaten track

As is usual with Which? the list is biased because it is the view of an organisation that is largely based on a slightly more up-market membership compared to the whole of the UK. Only 3,700 members responded to the survey which is lower than normally reply to some of their surveys. That the survey was also carried out before lockdown might mean that different results would be found if carried out now.

Even then, glancing at the list passes some time and allows readers to agree or disagree with its findings knowing that it is just a bit of fun and unlikely to have much of an impact on the average person in the street.

The village of St Mawes in Cornwall was named the best resort in the UK. Why? Because it was given a maximum five stars for peace and quiet and an overall score of 85% despite it not having a sandy beach which many of us would say is a real plus.

The top six places in the list were all in England, the next five after St Mawes being Dartmouth in Devon, Southwold, Aldeburgh (both in Suffolk) and Bamburgh in Northumberland followed by Blakeney in Norfolk.

The first non-English destination was St Andrews in Fife and St Davids in Pembrokeshire which were in seventh and eighth places.

Rounding out the top ten were another two English resorts; Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear and Beer in Devon.

Llandudno as eleventh but the next Scottish resorts were North Berwick in 30th place and Oban in 37th.

Members of the Consumers Association were less impressed with Skegness – Skegie to regulars – and that came bottom of the list of 100 places that members were asked to rate.

That could please people who love Skegness. It might mean that fewer people would travel there leaving more spec for those who like it to enjoy it all the more.

Thinking about it being at the bottom of such a list could be best. It means that it is unlikely that it would attract hordes of visitors.

But maybe places like St Dogmaels and Newport in Pembrokeshire, Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire, Mwnt and Clarach in Ceredigion, Lavernock and Barry Island in South Wales are even better off. None of these appears in the list at all.

This is good news for people who know, visit and enjoy them. Keeping quiet about favourite resorts preserves them for those in the know!   

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