BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018: Beach of the Year

These are the five finalists for BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards Beach of the Year 2018 category. Voting has now closed and we will be announcing the winners on 15th March


1) Holkham, Norfolk 

The stunning beach at Holkham, dunes beach and sea.

An enormous sandy beach, illuminated by vast kaleidoscopic skies, lined with pine forest and sand dunes.

You said: “It is so atmospheric. The sand extends a long way out to sea and is backed by pine forest. The skies are huge and it is impressive in any weather conditions.” Hanna Claydon

You said: “Unspoilt, golden sand, the wildlife, lovely clean sea – it’s beautiful.” Louise Edwards

You said: “You can wander there for ages without bumping into another soul with acres of sand around you. At one end there is a pine forest and the smell of fresh pine walking through there is beautiful.” Nick Sheehan

You said: “One of the most breathtaking beaches I have ever been to and my favourite place to be” Lottie

2) Downhill Beach, County Derry

One of the most well known beaches in ireland Down hill strand co.Londonderry

For Game of Thrones fans, this is Dragonstone. But beyond that, Downhill is a star in its own right, a seven-mile long stretch of sand (one of the longest in Northern Ireland) overlooked by the magnificent 18th-century Mussenden Temple.

You said: “It’s one of the most beautiful areas in all of the country, thanks in part to the temple that overlooks it. It also offers beautiful views of the north Atlantic and of Donegal in the distance, and opportunities for nature walks and sightings of bird life among cascading waterfalls and extensive sand dunes.” David Stewart

3) Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris

A scenic view of the beach at Luskentyre, taken from Seilebost, on the Isle of Harris/Credit: Getty

One of the largest and most spectacular beaches on Harris, with miles of white sand and stunning green-blue water, framed by sand dunes. Remote and heavenly.

You said: “Beautiful sands, sparkling azure blue water, crisp air, wildlife and a mountainous backdrop.” Jane Lidstone Scott

You said: “The remoteness, the peace and tranquility and the outstanding beauty the North Atlantic Drift influences the water in a very positive way too!” Mike Fraser

And you said: “I went many years ago on a blustery day and it was so beautiful it literally blew my mind.” Susan Harris

4) Godrevy, Cornwall

"coastal scenery at Gwithian with Godrevy lighthouse in the background; Gwithian, United Kingdom"

This wide beach of golden sand offers great surf, a wealth of rockpools, gorgeous sand dunes, a National Trust cafe and a resident seal colony.

You said: “Godrevy has everything a good beach should – a glorious expanse of wide open beach, an abundance of rock pools, sand dunes provide an ideal adventure playground for the family, seals are regular visitors and it’s a haven for surfers. All this and breathtaking scenery.” Andrew Wilcock

You said: “Golden sands, rock pools, great surf! Wonderful National Trust cafe there too.” Wendy Louise Moore

5) Newborough, Anglesey

Couple walking on coastal path, Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales

After a walk through the forest, the beach opens up beyond, with beautiful sand, dunes, lighthouse, old fisherman’s cottages and an old life boat house. The stunning sea view is framed by Llanddwyn Island and the hills of North Wales.

You said: “It’s so peaceful and tranquil, the wildlife of wild ponies and dolphins. The view of the mountains of Snowdon is beautiful. And the pine forest is amazing, as is the sand beach. Good place for the soul!” Peter Astbury

You said: “It’s just eye-watering in beauty.” Janet James

You said: “There is something very special here.” Mandi Davies



All images: Getty