Cleanest beaches 90 minutes from Reading, perfect for a day trip


As the weather continues to improve (hopefully) in the weeks to come, many of us will be enjoying a well-deserved break with a trip to the seaside.

With Covid-19 restrictions set to affect overseas travel this summer, domestic tourism is likely more holidaymakers will be heading to the UK coast.

Berkshire enjoys decent access to some of the country’s most scenic stretches of beach, if you’re up for the ride, with a number of them being named this month on the Blue Flag Beach 2021 award list. .

The list classifies beaches according to their membership in four main categories: environmental education and information; water quality; environmental management; and security and services.

Here we take a look at the fairly close beaches that were on the list.

Bournemouth Beach

Four areas listed within Bournemouth Beach were included in the 2021 list: Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Fisherman’s Walk and Southbourne.

The four sandy and pebble beaches are connected, with easy access between them. Alum Chine has a family wading pool and outdoor play area, and Durley Chine has been praised for its clean water.

Access to each beach from Reading is approximately a 90 minute drive via the A33 and M3.

Sandbanks Beach, Poole



Sandbanks Beach, with luxury homes on the shore

Four beaches were also included for the Sandbanks Poole area with Branksome China, Sandbanks Peninsula, Canford Cliffs and Shore Road, all named among the cleanest in the country.

Sandbanks Beach has been a hotspot for local sun worshipers for many years with a three mile stretch of golden sand stretching from Poole Harbor to Bournemouth.

Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine offered a quieter beach, with boardwalks filled with cafes and calm swimming waters with Shore Road offering a fantastic view of the Purbeck Hills and Brownsea Island as a bonus.

Driving time between Reading and one of Poole’s beaches is estimated to be around 90-120 minutes, with access via the A33 and M3.



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Beachlands – Hayling Island Beach, Hampshire



A woman relaxes in the sun on the beach at Hayling Island, Hampshire
A woman relaxes in the sun on the beach at Hayling Island, Hampshire

Hayling Island, between Portsmouth and Chichester Harbor, has five miles of pebble beach on the west side of the island which are perfect for a stroll in the sun.

The area offers something for everyone, with a fairground and family activities along a cove ideal for good swimmers.

Travel time from Reading is less than other beaches on the list, with an estimated travel time of 60 to 70 minutes via the A33 and A3.


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