Bamburgh, Dartmouth and Tynemouth dominated a survey of 4,000 Britons by consumer watchdog Which? who said in the UK’s best seaside resort “bigger is rarely better”
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The Northeast is expected to prepare for an influx of visitors after two of its resorts were named among the best in the country.
Bamburgh in Northumberland, with a population of just 400, scored 85 out of 100 for its spectacular setting, sandy beaches and great-value accommodation
Despite its small size, the impressive Bamburgh Castle dating from 1120 was a winner with visitors who also admired the expansive beach.
Claire Watson-Armstrong, whose family owns Bamburgh Castle, said the village had a “magical” feel. She said: “It’s such a beautiful part of the world and I feel incredibly lucky to live here too.”
It just passed second-second Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, which wowed visitors with its top-notch restaurants and beach, with a score of 84.
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Dartmouth in Devon – once the home of Miss Marple designer Agatha Christie – shared second place and was praised for its scenery, boat trips and nearby beaches such as Blackpool Sands.
Outside England, the spiritual home of St Andrews Golf Course in Fife, Scotland was third at 83 and the peaceful Welsh port town of Aberaeron was fourth at 82.
The survey of 4,000 Britons by the consumer watchdog Which? To find the UK’s best seaside resort, last year’s wooden spoon winner Skegness is again at the bottom of the rankings with a score of 48.
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However, the Lincolnshire destination was considered family-friendly and one visitor called it “unassuming”.
And Butlin’s, which has a holiday park in the city, has stood up for it.
He said: “It is a lovely place to visit and enjoys lasting popularity for generations of vacationers.”
Other larger resorts in the bottom 10 included Weston-super-Mare, Somerset and Ilfracombe in Devon.
Rory Boland, editor-in-chief of Which? Travel, said: “Our survey results show that the bigger the better, with smaller, less crowded resorts taking the top spots compared to more well-known destinations.”
Top 10 best seaside resorts
1 Bamburgh, Northumberland – 85 points
= 2 Dartmouth, Devon – 84
= 2 Tynemouth, Northumberland -84
3 St Andrews, Fife, Scotland – 83
4 Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales – 82
5 North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland – 81
6 Rye, East Sussex – 81
7 Filey, North Yorkshire – 80
= 8 Southwold, Suffolk – 80
= 8 St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales – 80
= 8 Swanage, Dorset – 80
10 worst resorts
1 Skegness, Lincolnshire – 48 points
2 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset – 55
3 Ilfracombe, Devon – 56
4 Margate, Kent – 57
5 Lowestoft, Suffolk – 57
= 6 Worthing, West Sussex – 58
= 6 Morecombe, Lancashire – 58
= 6 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – 58
= 6 Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales – 58
= 6 Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset – 58
This loch like this is Britain’s best scenic drive
The 60 mile drive from Loch Lomond to Glencoe in Scotland has been named Britain’s most scenic road trip.
The journey from Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District came in second with Cheddar Gorge, Somerset in third place. Garage forecourt operator MFG surveyed 1,500 motorists and found that four in ten were planning a road trip this summer.
But a third were worried about their car’s impact on the environment, and 40% were considering switching to an electric car. Of those, 20% hoped to do so within the next two years. Those under 30 were the most likely to go green.
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MFG boss William Bannister said: “This poll shows that as the country emerges from a difficult year of restrictions, we are going to see a resurgence in the popularity of road travel.
“We are investing £ 400million in super-fast 150kw charging points on our UK grid, boosting drivers’ confidence in electricity as a cleaner fuel source. “