Perfectly situated on the northeastern tip of The Wash in Lincolnshire, Skegness offers stunning views of the North Sea from its coastline. Within a few miles of SkegnessHoliday Park, the newest addition to the Haven family, are numerous beaches that are well worth a visit.
The majority of them are located north of Skegness, but those who would like to take a longer drive can go southeast over the Wash to Hunstanton and further afield.
To assist you in organising your leisurely beach day, we’ve included a rundown with travel times below.
Just one mile to the north of Skegness’s main beach is the nearest substitute. In the height of summer, it can get a little crowded because of the nearby caravan parks. On the other hand, Ingoldmells boasts three and a half miles of sand dunes and shoreline, with plenty of wonderful spots for swimming and picnics.
Under the watchful eyes of alert lifeguards, the beach is an excellent place to try out bodyboarding or paddleboarding due to its excellent water quality and recent award from the Marine Conservation Society. To whet your appetite further, there are beach bars and cafes close by.
There’s a nearby adventure park, a promenade with shops and cafes, and plenty of parking for when the kids want to take a break from the usual scenery.
There aren’t many better places along this stretch of coastline for a stroll in the middle of the outdoors, but this one counts as a beaches nonetheless. Founded in 1949, Gibraltar Point was the nation’s first official bird observatory. Its history can be explored at the visitor centre.
The beach has a tidal creek that can be dangerous at high tide, so you’ll have to walk through the nature reserve to get there.
The village of Winthorpe is located less than three miles north of the town and has a long, wide promenade as well as miles of pristine (and quiet) sandy beach. This area has the typical scattering of cafes and ice cream shops, and an offshore wind farm in the distance gives the horizon some drama.
Take the A52 north past Moggs Head and you’ll come upon this lesser-known treasure. You can actually pull your camper or automobile up onto the beach terrace and enjoy the view of the ocean. Long runs or walks along the long, level beach that ends at Moggs Head to the south are ideal.
Youngsters will love jumping off the sand dunes, and a café has just opened in case you need a place to hide out in the event of rain.
Marsh Yard Beach
Parking and restrooms are among the few basic amenities available at Marsh Yard Beaches, which is located south of Huttoft and north of Anderby Creek. Porpoises and fishing terms frequent this quiet, pristine stretch of the North Sea coastline.
It’s a short stroll along the beach to Moggs Eye and Huttoft, which are to the south and north, respectively.
Sutton-on-Sea is a delightful village located north along the coast, just south of Mablethorpe. The village is charming, and its beach has earned a blue flag for environmental preservation and cleanliness. A sloping beach is hit by roaring breakers and is framed by rows of brightly coloured beach huts.
If the sea is too untamed for children, there is a playground and paddling pool available through the Wildlife Trust and RSPB. The links course at Sandilands, to the south, is a delight for golfers.
Wolla Bank Beach
The much wilder and more serene Wolla Bank is located around the coast a little further north. It’s a lovely place for a walk with the dog next to Chapel St. Leonards’ Wolla Bank Pit Nature Reserve. If you bring your binoculars, you might even spot a marsh harrier or reed warbler.
The nature reserve is located in former clay pits that are now home to reedbeds, which offer thousands of resident and migratory birds a great place to live. The North Sea Observatory at Chapel Point, the only marine facility of its kind in the UK, is worth a visit in the vicinity. The observatory hosts local exhibitions, an art gallery, and a café.