In line with the Ordnance Survey, mainland Britain has round 11,000 miles of coast, which can appear extreme in a rustic that’s simply over 600 miles lengthy. That’s as a result of we wiggle rather a lot – what mathematicians soberly name the Hausdorff dimension. However should you swam across the island, conserving about half a mile offshore, you’d in all probability solely must cowl about 2,000 miles (which appears a lot extra doable!). Whichever quantity you select, lengthy stretches of the UK coast don’t get the eye they deserve – and as lockdown drags on, their salty name intensifies. Listed here are 5 of my favourites – worthy of exploration, as restrictions enable.Ceredigion coastWalking up from Ynys Lochtyn , Ceredigion. {Photograph}: Jeff Tucker/Stockimo/AlamyWhen I first noticed Ynys Lochtyn, I puzzled why I used to be alone. How may such a stupendous spot be abandoned? An extended, grassy slope led all the way down to a cliff, under which a boulder-strewn tidal strand led to a small, rocky island. A number of scuff marks on the rock indicated a method down the cliff so I descended to the seashore, skirted some rock swimming pools and climbed on to the island past. After I reached the ultimate level, essentially the most westerly lump of rock, I sat down and thought, “Now could be the time for dolphins to seem.” And a trio of them swam into view, apparently herding a shoal of fish then taking lengthy, deep dives to fill their bellies. I watched for an hour, unable to tear myself away. The one different human observer was a single sea kayaker.The Ceredigion coast, all 60 miles of it, lies between extra well-known neighbours Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia. And, like many guests, I’ve been responsible of hurrying previous to achieve these honeypots. Now I realise my mistake.My stroll that day began within the village of Llangrannog, a decent little cove with cafe, ice-cream parlour and pub – the Pentre Arms, a pleasant spot on the seafront the place (between lockdowns) I stayed. I walked north, first to Ynys Lochtyn headland, then by way of an extended sequence of cliffs and coves, a rock’n’rollercoaster of excellent strolling alongside the Ceredigion Coast Path. After 10 miles, I reached the city of New Quay and had been planning to catch a taxi again to my place to begin. As a substitute, I drank a cup of tea (there are a number of cafes to select from), then set off to stroll again. It was simply too fantastic to not do all of it once more. In a single abandoned cove the place I ended to relaxation, a clean, gray boulder within the shallow water close to me burst into life: a snoozing seal. It took up place 10 metres out and we watched one another whereas our coronary heart charges returned to regular.Subsequent day I went south, and located extra lovely little coves. It’s somewhat busier on this aspect, maybe as a result of there’s a very good cafe close to Penbryn seashore. At Aberporth I attempted sea kayaking with Rhod from Journey Past, exploring the caves and inlets, and watching enviously as fishermen hauled sea bass and mackerel out of the water. Rhod often comes out all 12 months spherical: “I put on gloves if there’s ice forming on the kayak! We simply examine the climate and tides fastidiously.”Aberaeron. {Photograph}: Ian Bottle/AlamyHaving explored the southern half of the Ceredigion coast I moved north, stopping within the vibrant seaside city of Aberaeron, then the character reserve at Ynyslas, a quiet little gem with an informative customer centre. In late spring, look out for nice shows of orchids and pay attention for the nightjar.When lockdown eases: the place to remain and eatEat Libanus 1877 is a good little restaurant and cinema in a former chapel in Borth, whereas Mama Fay’s affords high quality Caribbean cooking in Aberystwyth, with classics like ackee and saltfish.Keep The Pentre Arms in Llangrannog has good meals and rooms from £85 B&B. Ty’r Onnen is an excellent treehouse on an natural farm within the hills behind Borth, from £178 an evening in June (two-night minimal), whereas Ty Cwch has easy cabins for 4, 200 metres from the seashore, from £268 an evening in Could (two-night minimal).Moray and Aberdeenshire coastThe stays of a fort at Findlater, east of Cullen. {Photograph}: John Bracegirdle/AlamyIn late spring and summer time this coast has one towering benefit over its extra celebrated western cousin: no midges. Spring is the time when seabirds return to the cliffs (attempt Troup Head RSPB) and the ocean squill, a kind of asparagus, comes into flower. Common rainfall right here is decrease than the remainder of Scotland, so anticipate clearer skies, with lengthy, pretty summer time evenings or, in winter, an opportunity of the aurora borealis. It does get some spectacular storms although, so pack your wild climate gear. With lengthy seashore walks, headlands crusty with castles and a clutch of attention-grabbing small cities with notable meals retailers, you have got a wonderful coast ready to be explored any time of 12 months. Traditionally, this nice granite shoulder of Scotland was composed of a number of shires: Moray, Banff, Aberdeen and Kincardine. Additional again it was clan territory: the Forbes and Gordons amongst others, earlier than them the MacBeths and, within the mists of time, the Taexali, a folks remembered solely by a single point out in Ptolemy’s geography, within the second century AD.East from the small city of Cullen (origin of conventional Cullen skink soup) is a sequence of pretty seashores and bays interspersed with spectacular rocky promontories similar to Logie Head (widespread with rock climbers), Findlater (with ruined fort, a superb stroll from Portsoy city) and Knock Head (a breezy five-mile circuit from Banff).Portsoy. {Photograph}: Allan Wright/AlamyThe north-east nook is Fraserburgh, proud holder of the British low-altitude wind pace document, set at 142mph in February 1989 at Kinnaird Head lighthouse, which can be dwelling to a museum.The city can be an enormous shellfish port and there are good seafood eating places. The coast south in the direction of Aberdeen has extra nice seashores and cliffs, notably at Lengthy Haven, and at Ellon there’s the BrewDog brewery, to be visited when restrictions enable, and sampled, together with a wonderful sense of humour (its battle with German brewery Schorschbräu to make the strongest beer on the earth led, after a number of epic brews, to glad hoppy riposte Sink the Bismarck, an IPA at 41%).Aberdeen has a gorgeous cobbled previous city, loads of parks and notable eating places, and to the south is dramatic, ruined Dunottar Fortress close to Stonehaven.When lockdown eases: the place to remain and eatEat In Aberdeen, attempt the Moonfish Cafe for an important day, Blether for all different occasions. In Cullen, Rockpool Cafe serves home made fare together with an ideal cullen skink, whereas for Fraserburgh seafood attempt The Captain’s Desk or Findlay’s Fish Bar.Keep In Fraserburgh, stylish and rustic Wildflower Eco Lodges sleep two from £85 an evening in Could. In Newburgh, Tahuna Bothies has three sensible pods for 2 on a sheep farm, from £98 an evening in Could. In Aberdeen, BrewDog has a small lodge, the Kennels, above the Fortress Gate bar, doubles from £89 in Could.The Holderness coast, East YorkshireSpurn Head. {Photograph}: PhilMacd Images/Getty ImagesThe coast round Scarborough and Whitby is justly celebrated, however the stretch south of Flamborough Head can be attention-grabbing. The headland itself is immovable and sumptuous, however to the south the coast is all too movable and impermanent.Danes Dyke emerges on a seashore of strange clean white stones usually pierced with holes like some weirdly hardened sea cheeseLow tides have revealed historical flooded forests, whereas the comfortable coastal cliffs are retreating at an alarming fee, particularly for individuals who reside close by. Nearly 10 metres had been snipped away in some locations in 2019; the common is 2 metres a 12 months, which provides as much as three miles since Roman occasions. The southern restrict is Spurn Level, a three-mile fingernail of land continually being clipped by the ocean: tidal surges and storms can lower it off. Right here the sense of area and lightweight is highly effective, even unnerving. Uncommon migrant birds are sometimes noticed and there’s an annual migratory chook competition.The whole 38-mile coast is known as a single seashore, and strolling is the best methodology of exploring it. Begin simply south of Flamborough on the southern finish of Danes Dyke, a wierd fortification (origin and goal obscure) that runs throughout the entire headland. It emerges on a seashore of strange clean white stones usually pierced with holes like some weirdly hardened sea cheese.In historical occasions it was believed that should you peered by way of these “hag stones” you may see fairies, however today you simply see Bridlington, a few miles away. Bridlington harbour is fascinating, with bird-watching journeys when guidelines enable and nice seafood (that is the place to eat crab). The city has some wonderful seaside structure: take a look at Sewerby Corridor and the Spa theatre. 4 miles inland, the Elizabethan corridor and gardens at Burton Agnes are properly value a go to once they reopen.When lockdown eases: the place to remain and eatEat In Bridlington, good cafes embody [email protected] and Rustic Road Eats (on Queen Road close to the harbour). Sunshine Caf in Withernsea is a standard Yorkshire cafe serving massive parts and glorious fish and chips. Good whenever you’re numbed up after a nithering seashore stroll.Keep In Withernsea, Little Otchan’s shepherd’s hut (sleeps two from £100 an evening in Could) is properly positioned for Spurn Level. Throughout the highway from the seashore in Hornsea, Shell Seekers Cottage has sea views and sleeps 5 from £509 per week in Could.The Mourne coast by way of Ards and County DownDundrum Bay. {Photograph}: John Clarke/AlamyThe Northern Irish are likely to hold this coast to themselves, pretending that the Large’s Causeway is all they’ve. However the east coast from Belfast south to Carlingford Lough is an impressive slice of shore, properly suited to a highway journey, with wonderful strolling and nature-watching alternatives too. Begin 5 miles from Belfast at Holywood (cafes and delis), then head to Bangor (black guillemots within the harbour are recognized domestically as Bangor penguins) and fairly Groomsport, then south down the Ards peninsula: the seaside villages of Donaghadee, Kircubbin and Portavogie are all recognized for seafood.Cross Strangford Lough on the ferry from Portaferry and head deeper into County Down. This second stage of the coastal route is wealthy with heritage: Saint Patrick is buried in Down Cathedral and there are lots of Norman castles, notably at Ardglas and Dundrum. Murlough nature reserve is a 6,000-year-old dune system on the mouth of Dundrum Bay, a stunningly lovely place with nice birdwatching.The ultimate stretch in the direction of Newry is all about mountains, with some lovely aspect journeys to the Silent Valley and Tollymore forest park.Dundrum Bay oysters. {Photograph}: Ros Drinkwater/AlamyWhen lockdown eases: the place to remain and eatEat In Kircubbin Katch 27 has an ideal status for seafood. In the event you climb Slieve Donard (the very best mountain in Northern Eire) you’ll want an honest cafe afterwards, and Newcastle has a wide selection, significantly the Base Espresso Firm.Keep Donaghadee’s One Shore Road is the very best base on the town, with doubles from £140 in Could. In Ardglass, Margaret’s Cottage B&B (doubles from £100 in Could) is a classy place recognized for its afternoon teas.Weston-super-Mare to Porlock, SomersetA walkway throughout the Marine Lake, Clevedon. {Photograph}: Phil Wills/AlamyWhen it involves West Nation coasts, Somerset is unquestionably the forgotten nook. Had it not been for Isambard Kingdom Brunel coming to reside within the village of Weston-super-Mare in 1840, and bringing a railway with him, the world may by no means have been found in any respect. An ideal coastal stroll covers the 66 miles between Weston and Minehead, begin of the South West Coast Path. Highlights alongside the way in which embody Brean Down, a dramatic limestone finger marking the purpose the place the Mendips plunge into the Bristol Channel. An unlimited sandy seashore results in Burnham-on-Sea, earlier than the trail detours across the Parrett estuary, an enormous space of mudflats beloved of wading birds. See them from the chook cover at Steart Marshes. Spring 2020 noticed a pair of uncommon black-winged stilts breed efficiently right here, for the primary time. There are additionally otters, owls and egrets. Porlock Weir. {Photograph}: Kevin Freeborn/AlamyThe coast has some pretty cities and villages: Clevedon affords a Grade I-listed pier and saltwater swims within the 250-metre Marine Lake; Watchet has a harbour, museums and a steam railway; and additional west, a stroll alongside Bossington seashore underneath the shoulders of Exmoor results in Porlock Weir. Bossington is on the Nationwide Belief’s Holnicote Property, the place beavers had been lately launched.When lockdown eases: the place to remain and eatEat In Bossington, Kitnors is a good cafe/tea room in a reasonably thatched cottage. Sandy Bay Tea Rooms in Weston-super-Mare does good, filling meals for after an extended stroll.Keep In Minehead, the Previous Ship Aground (doubles from £105 B&B in Could) was in-built 1911 to accommodate passengers from paddle steamers that used to run from Cardiff, and has glorious River Cottage-style meals. Taggart Home, a contemporary B&B in Clevedon, has a comfortable shepherd’s hut within the backyard (from £250 for 2 nights).