Portrush, County Antrim
Northern Eire’s toned-down reply to Newquay has a cheerful vacation vibe because of the swarms of newcomers splashing round within the waves, in distinction to the extra critical nature of a few of the wilder and extra distant surf spots discovered on this a part of the world – particularly to the west in Donegal. Portrush presents two choices, West Strand (often larger) and East Strand, and like the remainder of the breaks alongside this shoreline they’re oriented in a typically northerly path, which implies the area’s prevailing winds are offshore, creating fantastic “clear” waves.
Classes and board rent From £30 for 2 hours, boards £12 a day at Troggs Surf College.
The place to eat Take a look at the surf motion with espresso and cake at Babushka Kitchen Café above West Strand.
The place to remain Maddybenny Farm (tenting from £7.50 grownup, under-10s £5) presents quiet, family-friendly tenting near Portrush.
Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Off Dalmore seashore, Lewis. {Photograph}: Cliff Inexperienced/Alamy
The isle of Lewis and Harris has a few of the most constant waves in northern Europe because of its uncovered location on the jap fringe of the Atlantic. And due to the Gulf Stream, the water isn’t as chilly as you would possibly anticipate (as excessive as 16C within the autumn). Add magnificent white sand seashores to that and should you catch it when the solar’s shining on a clear swell, you’ll contemplate the journey effectively worthwhile. Crowds usually are not a problem right here and there’s often a pleasant vibe within the water, however keep in mind the isolation of the breaks when browsing in tougher circumstances, or should you’re inexperienced – novices ought to definitely be cautious of going it alone.
Classes and board rent Adults from £45, youngsters from £35, boards from £15 a day at Surf Lewis.
The place to eat The close by Uig Sands restaurant has excellent sea views and is famed for its smoked Scottish salmon.
The place to remain Ardroil Campsite (01851 672248, no web site) is a primary community-run website with a rest room/bathe/kitchen block located above the seashore; it operates on a donation system.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall

‘Probably the most constant seashore breaks in Cornwall’ {Photograph}: David Cameron/Alamy
A beautiful swathe of pale sand and crystal-clear sea curves from Sennen Cove up in the direction of Gwynver Seaside, and supplies probably the most constant seashore breaks in Cornwall (though Gwynver’s larger breaks are higher left to skilled wave riders). Sennen crams a village, surf store, surf faculty, seashore restaurant and busy automobile park between the ocean, the cliffs and the steep sand dunes, and it’s all the time a hive of exercise – however by some means there all the time appear to be sufficient waves to go round. The south finish of the seashore, the place the waves are all the time smaller and extra user-friendly, is ideal for newcomers.
Classes and board rent £30 for 2 hours at Sennen Browsing Centre; boards £13 a day from Sennen Seaside.
The place to eat The Surf Seaside Bar, which because the identify suggests is true above the seashore.
The place to remain The family-run Trevedra Farm campsite (from £7.50 grownup, £four baby + £3.50 tent pitch) above Gwynver has marvellous coastal views.
Pease Bay, Berwickshire

‘The ocean temperature was a balmy 14C in September.’ {Photograph}: Dennis Hardley/Alamy
Surfers have been using the waves right here for the reason that 1960s, because of its proximity to Edinburgh and its moderately mellow right-hand level break on the south finish of the bay on good swells. This breaks over a cobble and sand backside and could be fairly shallow at low tides, so it’s essential to be moderately competent to deal with it. There’s additionally a left-hander breaking off a sandbar on the north finish of the bay. Autumn sees water temperatures at their highest – a balmy 14C.
Classes and board rent £35 for 2 hours, boards £6.50 an hour at St Vedas Surf Store.
The place to eat Strive Graze Espresso & Chocolate Home in Dunbar – the toasted Belgian waffles with a heat chocolate shot are significantly interesting after a chilly session within the North Sea.
The place to remain Meadowhead’s Mortonhall park has static caravans above the seashore, however its campsite at close by Belhaven Bay within the John Muir Nation Park is a extra engaging possibility (two folks + tent from £19.80).
Saltburn, North Yorkshire

Surfers watch for a wave subsequent to Saltburn’s Victorian pier. {Photograph}: Islandstock/Alamy
That is the primary place I ever surfed, and I’ve been using the waves right here with Nick Noble and Gary Rogers, the affable homeowners of the beachside surf store and equipment rent companies, since 1979. The inclusive, down-to-earth vibe I encountered again then continues to be evident at the moment as surfers of all talents benefit from the seashore breaks both aspect of the Victorian pier, and close by there are a few of the greatest and most difficult reef breaks to be present in England. Above the seashore, one of many world’s oldest water-powered funicular railways runs up the ocean cliffs to the neat streets of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, constructed beneath instruction from God by metal magnate and Quaker Henry Pease within the 1860s.
Classes and board rent £30 for 2 hours, boards £5 an hour at Saltburn Surf .
The place to eat Watch the surf motion with espresso and cake on the seafront Camfields Espresso Bar.
The place to remain A number of miles down the coast at Robin Hood’s Bay (which additionally will get surf), Bay Ness Farm (from £10 an evening) has a few of the greatest sea views in Yorkshire.
Perranporth, Cornwall

‘The massive expanse of Perran Sands.’
It may be a little bit of a zoo right here on a great swell (the perfect waves are inclined to happen round low tide) however with so many surfers about, the excitement is reassuring should you’re a novice. In the event you’re trying to escape the crowds that’s straightforward sufficient – simply leg it north up the large expanse of Perran Sands, the place you’ll discover seashore break peaks which can be far much less busy than the primary seashore, however watch out for rips on larger swells. There’s additionally a great right-hander breaking off Ligger Level on the very north finish of Perran Sands, though it’s a slog to get there.
Classes and board rent £30 for 2 hours, boards from £7 a day at Piran Surf.
The place to eat The Watering Gap is the apparent spot – it’s actually on the seashore.
The place to remain Tollgate Farm (from £5.50 grownup, £2.50 baby + £7 tent pitch) has entry to Perran Sands by way of the dunes above the seashore.
Woolacombe, Devon

The Crimson Barn. {Photograph}: Rob Tibbles
Woolacombe is a beginner-friendly surf spot with mellow seashore breaks, though it’ll definitely enchantment to skilled surfers on the lookout for larger swells – particularly as Croyde, the opposite native spot, is invariably far busier. At excessive tide a proper breaks off the rocks on the northern finish of the seashore, which is what attracts skilled wave riders, and there are some first rate low-tide peaks to be present in little Combesgate Seaside only a bit additional north. Many of the motion at Woolacombe is true in entrance of the city, however for the reason that seashore stretches south for 3 miles you may keep away from the inevitable crowds with a little bit of a stroll.
Classes and board rent £38 for 2 hours, boards from £6 a day at Hunter.
The place to eat The Crimson Barn, which opened in early 2019, is in a primary location proper above the seashore.
The place to remain Bay View Farmers campsite (from £7.50 grownup, £Three baby + £17 tent pitch) is a small, family-run website above the bay.
Llangennith, Gower

Night surfers get pleasure from Llangennith seashore in Rhossili Bay. {Photograph}: Paul Quayle/Alamy
The constant seashore breaks discovered right here entice everybody from boogie boarders to longboarders. The peaks at Hillend, on the northern finish of the three-mile strand, are the simplest to entry and due to this fact the busiest, and also you’ll all the time discover surfers having fun with picnics and barbecues or simply hanging out within the automobile park within the dunes above the seashore. On larger swells, paddling out at Langennith generally is a actual mission, with line after line of white water rolling relentlessly shorewards, so that you’ll want some expertise to aim them. Keep away from overcrowded waves by strolling south in the direction of Rhossili and, in case you have the vitality after browsing, climb Rhossili Downs above the seashore for a few of the greatest coastal views in Wales.
Classes and board rent From £22 at Llangennith Surf College, boards £12 a day at PJ’s Surf Store.
The place to eat Eddy’s Café at Hillend campsite (see beneath) is probably the most handy après-surf hangout.
The place to remain Hillend Caravan & Tenting Park (tent for household of 5 or as much as three adults from £21) above the seashore is an interesting spot, however it might probably get very busy.
Newgale, Pembrokeshire

A piece of two-mile-long Newgale seashore. {Photograph}: Alamy
Some of the accessible seashores in Pembrokeshire, two-mile-long Newgale has parking above most of its size, with the primary surf motion reverse the surf store/faculty and campsite on the north finish. There are seashore break peaks all alongside it, and on smaller swells they’re fairly mellow – supreme for newcomers and longboarders – however as soon as it will get above head-high, paddling out is excruciatingly arduous work. After I surf right here I take time to scan the size of the seashore earlier than deciding the place to paddle out, since a fast recce will invariably reveal a peak or two with few if any surfers on it.
Classes and board rent £35 for 3 hours at The Massive Blue Expertise, boards from £6 an hour at Newsurf.
The place to eat Sands Café is conveniently positioned close to the surf faculty.
The place to remain Newgale Campsite (£eight grownup, £four baby) on the north finish of the seashore is actually seconds from the surf.
Porth Neigwl, Gwynedd

Porth Neigwl on the southern tip of the Llŷn peninsula is good for newcomers. {Photograph}: Dafydd Owen/Alamy
It is a huge stretch of sand and shingle on the southern tip of the beautiful Llŷn peninsula, with seashore breaks alongside its size plus a small reef on the north-west finish of the bay, which can curiosity extra skilled surfers. The seashore break peaks alongside the remainder of the bay are perfect for newcomers (I did plenty of my early wave using right here) though you’ll have to be careful for rips on larger swells – there’s a wholesome and proficient inhabitants of skilled native surfers prepared to tear when a great swell hits. Porth Neigwl is named Hell’s Mouth in English, however anticipate to listen to Welsh being spoken out within the surf; the Llŷn peninsula is a hub of Welsh tradition.
Classes and board rent £35 for 2 hours, boards £10 a day at West Coast Surf Store in Abersoch, three miles to the east.
The place to eat There’s nothing on the seashore, however Mickey’s Boatyard & Seaside Café in Abersoch is an effective post-surf possibility.
The place to remain Treheli Farm campsite (tent pitch £15) is true above the seashore.
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