The Surfers guide to the UK

Surfing has seen its popularity grow significantly in recent times in the UK. The realisation that many of this country’s shores produce waves big enough for surfers of all abilities to hone their skills has resulted in its current status. Because of that, many people are choosing to go on holiday at touring caravan sites within easy reach of surfing spots. Although surfing in the UK can be every bit as fun as in other countries such as Australia and the United States, there are some beaches where catching a wave is easier than others.


Perhaps the best place to start for surfing holidays is the South West, particularly in Devon and Cornwall. The Cornish town of Newquay is a popular destination for surfers for a number of reasons. The main one is that the waves which crash against the beach are big enough for most of the year to give experienced surfers a challenge.

Sennen Cove

Further down the northern coast of Cornwall is Sennen Cove, which is ideal for intermediate surfers. If there’s anywhere in the county which has good surfing conditions, it’s here, and there are plenty of shops nearby selling surfing equipment, ideal if you’ve booked a holiday here with a website such as


Elsewhere in England, for beginners, Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire is perfect. Just a few miles east of Middlesbrough, it’s a safe place for aspiring young surfers to go, as there’s a lifeguard who’s usually on duty to make sure that no-one gets harmed. This town is friendly, cheap and has plenty of nearby campsites. Surfing lessons with the Saltburn Surf School cost just £20 a head, with all the relevant gear included.


For those who really want a challenge, then a trip to Thurso East in the Scottish Highlands is just the place. Its reputation is up there with that of Newquay, but with the water being altogether more choppy and cold, you should only visit if you’re an expert. The waves here are reminiscent of those found near Hawaii, and the best time to visit is around Easter.


Back in the West Country, Croyde lies on the North Devon coast, and although the waves here are mainly for intermediate surfers, it’s not without its challenges. There are a number of rocky spots which could be dangerous, so if you want to negotiate them, it’s worth your while being cautious. Croyde itself has plenty to offer visitors when they’re not at the beach. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and shops to visit, while a gentle stroll in and around the area will help you unwind after you’ve caught a few waves.

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