While some travel restrictions drag on, anyone searching for a surfing holiday in Portugal, Costa Rica or Spain may have a little extra paperwork to do. For those that can’t face the burden of extra admin, where are the top surfing destinations in the UK?
Whilst it may not always boast the scorching temperatures of its European mainland or Latin American counterparts, the UK and Ireland still has some world-class surf spots.
When it comes to consistent rolling surf, beautiful beaches and technicolour sunsets, a laid back culture and friendly locals, there’s no need to look any further than some of our top UK surfing destinations in 2022.
The UK’s surf capital, Cornwall jumps straight in as one of the top surfing destinations in the UK, and it’s no wonder why.
Countless wide, sandy beaches and consistent surf year-round make this magical peninsula at the end of the British Isles not only one of the most compelling surf destinations in Europe, but also in the world.
If you were to pick a surf hub in Cornwall (there are many) it would be hard to overlook Newquay. Here, surfing is more a way of life, almost a religion, than a hobby. By embarking on a surfing experience here, you are actually getting a taste of authentic, local culture, as well as making the most of the natural environment and getting out doing something different.
With many great surfer pubs, bars, hostels and shops, this is a town where you can truly sample the surfer way of life, and come away with unforgettable memories. Trust us, floating on your board out to sea, sweeping beaches and dramatic sea cliffs behind you, the endless ocean reflecting the sunset in front of you, is not a moment you forget in a hurry.
Heading as far from Cornwall as is possible in England to the north-east coast of the country, we find Northumberland, an absolute gem of a surfing destination overlooked by so many.
With over one hundred miles of totally unspoilt beach and a smaller tourist market, surfing here is an off the beaten track holiday in the UK that feels truly remote.
Gorgeous white sand beaches and tremendous surf are guaranteed, and with backdrops like the silhouette of the crumbling Bamburgh Castle or the undulating sand dunes of Cresswell Bay, you’re sure to find a little corner of surfer’s paradise with a little help from one of the friendly locals.
Speaking of friendly locals, there aren’t many places you can go and surf and find seal playmates diving in and out of the waves with you. Just one of the magical allures of surfing in Northumberland.