I’ll be the first to admit that I usually hop on a flight, rather than taking advantage of the beautiful coast here in the UK.
I think I just do it on auto-pilot. Before I’ve even blinked I’m browsing Skyscanner pages, searching for a bargain ticket and then ‘oops’ my fingers slip and somehow I find myself with an overseas city break all booked.
It’s not the worst habit to have by any stretch of the imagination, but it does mean that I often neglect a beach break in the UK, which is a shame because every time I do manage to explore somewhere here I end up being so taken with our little country.
Luckily for me (and you!) I’ve had just the prompt I needed to show the UK some more love.
The Perfect Beach Break
A lovely reader recently got in touch to ask for a suggestion for a weekend away down by the seaside. They want to bring their cute dog, so they’re looking for good walks with even better pubs. The weekend break is to celebrate an anniversary so they want a pretty nice place to rest their heads. It needs to be within a three our max car journey of Northampton.
I think you’ll love these suggestions too, so I thought I’d share my top three recommendations here on the blog. Who knows – maybe you have some great suggestions and tips to add to the list too?
Why: Gorgeous beaches and coves that feel like secluded hideaways. Perfect for that romantic feeling and for pooches!
Travel Time: 3 hours and 20 minutes
Okay, so this one is 20 minutes over the criteria, but it’s such a beautiful getaway that it’d be wrong of me to leave it out.
Where to Stay: Glazebrook House Hotel
This place is stylish AND quirky. What a combination, eh?! The rooms aren’t very expensive either. You can read a detailed review and watch my room tour here.
Alternatively there’s a whole list of dog-friendly accommodation options in South Devon here.
What to See & Do: Walk, eat, drink…repeat!
Head to The Sharpham Estate for gorgeous views, a decent walk in the grounds and best of all, some wine tasting.
Head to nearby Blackpool Sands and Hope Cove for a walk on the beach. You’ll find other dog walkers in the area.
Head to the Shops at Dartington for a mooch around the wooden huts. They sell lots of local produce, like delicious cheeses, fudge and special brews.
You can read more on these things in this post.
Why: Tonnes of character and very dog-friendly.
Travel Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Where to Stay: Hotel Du Vin
It gets my vote as it’s a stylish pet-friendly option just 100 yards from the beach.
There’s a whole list of other dog-friendly accommodation spots in Brighton here.
What to See & Do: Eat and drink, drink, drink!
Take a leisurely walk down Brighton’s promenade, explore the adorable North Laine area (lots of cute shops) and stroll along the pebbly beach.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite head to one of the many pubs for some good grub and a cheeky drink or two. The Prince George offers some great vegetarian options.
Need more reasons to visit Brighton? You can find seven in this post!
Why: Coastal walks and a chance to switch off.
Travel Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes
Where to Stay: The Westleton Crown
This place is midway between Southwold and Aldeburgh, making it a great base.
Alternatively, you could try any of these pet-friendly places to stay.
What to See & Do: Explore near and far.
The Westleton Crown was selected as ‘Country Pub of the Year’ by the Good Pub Guide, so it makes sense to try out the food and drink there.
The Suffolk Heritage Coast also offers great walks whether you have a dog or not.
Southwold offers a typical English seaside experience, including an award-winning pier (whatever that means!).
So, what do you think? Do you have any recommendations to add?
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