Tips for the perfect beach day

Sunglasses on the sand

With the weather warming up, spending time outside making the most of it is essential. Home to a plethora of gorgeous beaches and hidden coves, there really is nowhere better to explore the beaches than at home in the UK.

Whether you’re looking for a day trip closer to home or are planning a trip down to the coast, these useful tips will help you ensure that you have the perfect beach day.

Location

A view of the beach

Although a spontaneous trip to the beach can be exciting, for those with low mobility, you may need to plan your itinerary for the day. There are some great locations across the country for you to visit, but you will need to check how accessible they are before arriving to avoid disappointment. For those who have a curved stairlift installed, consulting websites such as Euan’s Guide can provide you with extra information, such as if there is a boardwalk, step-free access or a ramp for wheelchairs or if there are accessible toilets nearby.

We spoke to Amie from i-escape and she shared this with us: "It’s wise to be prepared for all weather when heading to the beach, whether you’re holidaying in the UK or heading long-haul. An umbrella and windbreak allow you to seek shelter when it’s too hot if the wind picks up or during a rain shower. On sunny days pack sun block, a hat and plenty of water to prevent dehydration. And if reaching the beach requires a walk, sensible footwear is always a good idea.

"Accessibility is a key consideration when visiting the beach. Are there steep steps down to the beach? Is there a long walk from the car park? Is the beach sandy, shingle or rocky? It’s also vital to take tide times into account – some beaches are completely inaccessible at high tide, so make sure you check beforehand. Additionally, consider the time of year you are visiting. If you’re counting on using amenities such as toilets, cafes or lifeguards, these may only be available during high season, particularly in the UK."

Top accessible beaches in the UK

With over 10,000 miles of coastline, there are plenty of options available when it comes to finding an accessible beach. From the Cornish coastline to the shores of Skegness,

Skegness

Skegness beach is a great place to escape to. Not only are there a variety of accessible holiday parks in the area, but the beach-friendly wheelchairs make heading to the water easy. The wheelchairs require a £20 refundable deposit, with two on offer at Skegness beach. The extra-large wheels, in addition to the soft terrain of the sand, make travelling on the uneven beach surface easy. However, thanks to their height, they are also equipped to be used in the sea.

Bournemouth

Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth is an ideal location for wheelchair users. Not only does the town have its own microclimate providing warm waters for its visitors, but its innovative beach huts are large enough to fit up to four wheelchairs, with the option of joining two huts together for larger groups. These beach huts are the first of its kind in the UK and also feature a fully accessible toilet and shower, as well as a charging station for electric scooters.

Once out of the beach huts, you can access the beach from the cliff top using the accessible lift or can board a land train from Alum Chine to Boscombe Chine Gardens. Beach wheelchairs, free disabled parking, accessible toilets and a Changing Places are also located nearby.

Broughty Ferry Beach

With close parking and a Changing Places, this Dundee beach is great for those with low mobility. There are tarmacked walkways which mean that you can enjoy the views out over the calming water without having to navigate the sand or, for those who want to enjoy the sunshine on the shore, there are ramps providing easy access.

Packing

A watermelon on a towel at the beach

Before heading out for your day at the beach, make sure that you’ve packed everything you could need. However, it is easy to overpack and this can lead to discomfort when carrying these bags across the sand for the day.

If you’ve arranged a day trip and are travelling by car, you can always pack a bag in the boot of things that you’ll potentially need, such as a change of clothes or an extra towel, but if you’re away for longer or catching a train, you will need to pack carefully. This is when a packing list can come in handy, as it gives you a reference list to check off.

There are many different ways in which you can pack for your day at the beach. If you’re planning on swimming, you’ll need to bring the appropriate clothing and something to dry off with. Similarly, you may wish to bring a picnic with you to keep costs down and to ensure that everyone has something to eat which they like. Although this is a good option, especially if you’re visiting with fussy eaters such as grandchildren, this will add an extra bag that you’ll need to carry around with you, so keep this in mind.

Packing list for a day at the beach

  • Suncream
  • Towels
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Swimming costume or shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • A jumper or warm layer
  • Money
  • Mobile phone
  • A book
  • A beach tent
  • Beach chairs

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