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Where is my nearest beach? (Midlands - Seaside)
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Old 05-05-2008, 5:24 PM
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Question Where is my nearest beach? (Midlands - Seaside)

My closest motorway is M42 J10, but I am fairly near to many of the midlands motorways. I want to take my toddler on a day trip to the seaside. Where is my closest beach? Should I head for Wales and if so where?
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Old 05-05-2008, 5:33 PM
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Barmouth or Great Yarmouth ..It looks like your halfway between them ...Pretty safe from any tidal surges though
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We live in Coventry and my dad (long distance lorry driver) used to reckon Skegy was one of if not the closest. Although wether you can say it has a beach is a matter of opinion...

I hated skegness as a kid.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:12 AM
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Skeggy has a great beach, in fact at very low tide you can walk to Holland
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weston super mare isnt too far from brum.
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I live right near the lincolnshire coast and yes skeg does have a beach. There are miles of sandy beaches running from skeg through to cleethorpes. If you can get to skeg, 10-15mins along coast road (north) there are numerous small car parks right by beach (most free) and they are generally lovely and peaceful. We went to Anderby Creek on Monday (BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY) parked for free, had some lunch in nice little cafe and then spent 2 hours on clean, dog free sandy beach!! Beautiful, perfect for little ones.

Skeg can get very busy but it has everything a small child could ask for!!

Big up our coastline xxxx
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Weston would probably be the easiest to get to. The beach is a 20 minute (at most) dual carriageway (most at 50) drive from M5 J21.

I grew up in Coventry (somehow managed to get out though ) and summers were split between Skeggy (which I hated - it always rained) and Weston/Cornwall.

However, don't go wandering in the mud. It's very sticky.

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If I lived where you are I think I'd head for the Lincolnshire coast and countryside. I'm a long distance lorry driver and Lincolnshire is probably my favourite part of the country..

Here's the distances of three of the ones mentioned from Tamworth travel lodge but Weston would probably be the quickest if you got a good run..

From RAC route planner..

Skeggy.......... 112 miles E/W

Weston......... 123 miles E/W

Barmouth....... 125 miles E/W


Barmouth has a lovely sandy beach but it would be a very long drive.. Beautiful countryside to drive through though..
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we live on the bordar of derbys/notts and we always used to go to skeggy for the day...doenst take much time at all
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Ok thank you all for your fantastic suggestions!!! Now I have some town names I have been looking on multi-map at the times and distances.

Barmouth appeals the most but I think it might be too much with toddler in the car.

Great Yarmouth again too far for a day trip.

Weston is a definate maybe so far, as it seems the fastest most straightforward run (assuming traffic ok).

Skeggy has never appealed to me personally (sorry to all Skeggy lovers). I prefer quieter locations and it always seems as if it is quite busy from what people have said to me. Although I guess, like the poster above mentioned, just a few minutes drive along the coast would probably be quieter.


So we are planning to go at the end of June so will try and remember to report back on our journey, thank you again!
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Old 13-05-2008, 7:19 PM
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Weston is unlikely to be quiet, and to be honest it's a bit of a dump. It's not even the proper sea - it's the Severn Estuary.
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PLEASE don't forget the only beach in the Midlands!
Heart Park, it's super.
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