When we think about the UK’s coastal destinations, we often envisage sailing boats, paddling and picnics on cliff tops. But what if you crave that little bit of adventure when visiting the coast? What if you want to scramble, jump into the water and swim in the sea? Well, this can only mean one thing, that coasteering is the perfect adventurous pursuit for you. There are so many places out there for you to enjoy a day of coasteering. Below we share 12 of the best coasteering spots for those seeking adventure.
When you want to spend a fun day coasteering, then you have to visit Baggy Point in Croyde Bay, South West England. Here you can enjoy a mid to high tide route, with so many traverses, gullies and washing machines for you to play in. There are large jumps for you to try if you seek adventure and smaller jumps for the newbie. Even better, there is a professional and experienced instructor to guide you every step of the way.
2. St Noni Bay, Pembrokeshire
If you are just starting out with coasteering, then this part of the Pembrokeshire coast is just waiting to be explored. There are many paths that lead down to the water, plus the bay has many spots for low-level jumping and traversing. There are also lots of opportunities to swim and explore the small caves along the bay. Do be warned though, the waves can be rough so check the weather forecast.
3. Abereiddy Bay, Pembrokeshire
This stunning coastal bay is suitable for coasteering all year round. It’s very well sheltered due to the fact that it faces west. If you walk along the northern face you will find many areas in which to jump. This is interspersed with many caves for you to enjoy that are accessible at low tide. When here you must also jump into the old slate quarry which is known locally as The Blue Lagoon.
4. St Bees to Fleswick Bay, Cumbria
Probably not a spot for an absolute beginner but the more experienced coasteerer, and you should ensure you are part of a group. Fleswick Bay is only accessible by hiking along the top or by coasteering, and this really isn’t for the faint-hearted. However, what you will find are stunning views, the chances to go bouldering and adventurous traversing. It’s important that you check ahead before setting off as at certain times of the year the bay is not accessible for coasteering because of nesting birds.
5. Greve De Lecq, Jersey
This stunning small coastal area has so many coasteering opportunities for the beginner and pro. Enjoy the many caves, gullies, and the secret beach that can be reached by navigating the 40m tunnel. Enjoy a venous pool and so many areas in which to jump and scramble. It is also here that you’ll find the infamous Rhino jump.
6. Dancing Ledges, Dorset
When in Dorset you have to visit the picturesque Jurassic Coast and coasteering off the Dancing Ledges. This quarry is constructed from Purbeck stone and features four caves that you can swim through. You can also explore a hidden cave and marvel at the fossils. When it comes to jumping, there are so many points to choose from you won’t be disappointed.
7. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, near Swansea
Situated on the south coast, not far from Swansea is Three Cliffs Bay in Gower. It’s easy to find the bay as you walk along the woodland trail from the Heritage Centre. Once in the bay go left and you’ll find so many spots for jumping, traversing and swimming, plus a lot of caves.
8. Mullion Cove, Cornwall
Situated along Cornwall’ s west coast you’ll find Mullion Cove. Due to its impressive swells, it’s a popular area for those wishing to coasteer. Here you will find many jumping spots, areas to traverse, plus there are so many arches to explore and rocks to scramble. It really is a great all-rounder. Do check the tides though before you venture to the cove.
9. Horwick, Northumberland
This historic coastline is mainly unspoiled, which means it really is a haven for those who want to coasteer. There are many gullies and caves to explore here, where you will also find many submarine wrecks to explore. Horwick really is for the most experienced coasteerers who love adventure and a challenge, as the area is known for the Tricky Traverse.
10. Hoy Island, Anglesey
Anglesey is such a beautiful part of the world and adventure seekers flock to this part of North Wales to enjoy a day coasteering. With so many cliffs to choose from, you really will be spoilt for choice. Suitable for those just starting out, you’ll be able to jump, swim through tunnels and caves, and enjoy traversing sections. While doing all of this you’ll also be able to take in the local wildlife.
11. Ballintoy, North Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland
When you visit Ballintoy, you have the full force of the North Sea at your disposal. This idyllic spot really is the ideal location for coasteering. You will find the smallest islands to explore and large expanses of rock. There are many varied jumping spots as well as many areas for traversing. You do need to carefully check the weather reports as the swell can be large.
12. Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
Stackpole is a storming favourite with coasteering fans. At high tide offers many exciting spots for you to jump off. At low tide, you’ll find numerous coves and caves to wind your way through. The waters here are exceptionally clear during the summer months, but during the winter the waters are dark and choppy, so you really do need to be careful.
If you would like to know more about coasteering with us here at Baggy Point in sunny Croyde, North Devon, then please do browse our website and get in touch with us today.