Big breaks and paddles from the Hebrides to Cornwall, with glorious walks, pubs and campsites once you’ve dried off
Although the south-west may be the most popular choice, the best surfing town in the UK is actually Saltburn-by-the-Sea, in the northernmost corner of Yorkshire. Saltburn is a quaint Victorian seaside resort with a bohemian feel: there is plenty of affordable accommodation, numerous great pubs and fish-and-chip shops, and a 19th-century funicular sea lift connecting the main town with the beach. Saltburn’s waves are clearly defined, the areas surrounding the pier are the most popular spots, and there’s a constant stream of rip-able surf. Saltburn Surf School provides equipment and lessons for all abilities. The town is a real gem.