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Britain’s ‘biggest beach’ is a half-mile stretch of sand dunes and clear waters |  Nottinghamshire Live

Britain’s ‘biggest beach’ is a half-mile stretch of sand dunes and clear waters | Nottinghamshire Live

Britain’s ‘biggest beach’ is a half-mile stretch of sand dunes and clear waters |  Nottinghamshire Live

Par Beach on the Isles of Scilly, a stunning half-mile stretch of crescent-shaped sand, has been crowned Britain’s ‘greatest beach’ by the Daily Telegraph. With light sand dunes and wonderful views of the uninhabited eastern islands, Par Beach is celebrated for its natural beauty. It’s a hit with families and dog walkers alike, offering a variety of activities such as kayaking, diving, snorkelling, fishing and sailing alongside traditional seaside pastimes such as bathing and swimming.

Chris Leadbeater, travel correspondent for The Telegraph, said: “I stumbled upon it (the beach) during the pandemic, when we were all having to discover our own country,” he noted. “And it felt like a discovery as I approached the water and found myself gazing in love at this largely unadorned crescent with its little jetty and handful of rowboats.”




Located on St Martin Island, visitors will find a range of accommodation options near Par Beach. In particular, the shepherd’s cottages at St Martin’s Winery and Winery offer a comfortable stay just a stone’s throw from the shore.

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Far from the dilapidated shacks some might expect, these hand-built cabins have full water-pressure showers and are designed wider than usual to give couples a comfortable night’s sleep without having to climb one on top of the other, reports the Mirror.

The cottages, which are powered by solar panels and battery storage on the farm or through a renewable energy supplier, cost £820 a week. However, guests can secure a deal in February, March and November when the price drops to £670 for two adults per week.

St Martin’s Vineyard and Winery are a stone’s throw from the beach itself(Image: Fiona Graham/REX/Shutterstock)

Alternative accommodation options include Carron Farm and Scilly Farm Holidays, while Scilly Organics has a yurt available to book from £450 per week. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy a 2.5-hour seal snorkelling adventure where they can interact with Atlantic gray seals. The fee of £65 per person includes wetsuits, snorkels, masks and the boat trip.

For those who prefer to stay dry, there are numerous cafes on the island. The Island Bakery, open from Easter to October, offers handmade cakes using local and Cornish ingredients.