My love for the beach in winter

The nearest beach to us is about an hour and 15 minutes away. Even then, it’s not the nicest of beaches. But I’ve always said I would love to live by the sea. There’s something calming and beautiful about it, in particular during winter. I always used to say that I’m not a fan of typical English beaches. The ones that everyone flocks to during warmer months. We went to Weston-Super-Mare last year and I have to admit – I really didn’t enjoy it. A few weeks later, we went to several places in Cornwall and the beaches there where absolutely stunning.

Whilst in Eastbourne last week, we went to two different beaches and I can’t quite pin point why, but they where beautiful. It wasn’t until I got home and started to edit the photo that I realised – it’s the time of year. Something so tranquil about being at the beach in winter. When it’s absolutely freezing and the wind is so sharp it’s almost painful. These photos are my favourite. This is from one late afternoon just as the sun was setting – it was raining and absolutely freezing. I remember standing there and thinking to myself; wow. This is the coldest I have ever been. I’m usually one that complains and absolutely hates the cold, but there was something beautiful about this moment. There was something so much more prettier, more appealing and more nostalgic about having the beach to ourselves on this freezing evening. Standing where so many come to sunbathe in the summer. Standing where children build sandcastles and run around in their swimming costumes.I have to say it. I love the beach in winter, more than in summer.

We went to Seven Sisters beach on our first day in Eastbourne and that was stunning too. We had it pretty much all to ourselves and ran around without a care in the world. We chased the sea and climbed over rock pools. It’s surrounded by gorgeous picturesque chalk cliffs. Somewhere that I’m sure tourists flood to in the summer time. Something I’ve discovered over the past few months is how I want to travel and not be a tourist. That is the aim for this year (apart from Disneyland, haha).   I want to live like a local. Eat like a local. Act like a local. So if there’s one thing I’ve gained from this trip, it’s my love for the beach in winter.

24 Comments

  • Nate(https://www.liveoutdoorsy.com) says:

    Awesome pic. Lovely baby and I love the seaside. I wish I could visit more often than I do.

  • http://www.ohlittleonesweet.com says:

    What stunning photos! It makes me want to take the boys to the beach for a wet and windy walk across the sand and to splash about in wellies. Yey for winter trips to the seaside x

  • Hayley McLean says:

    Ah beautiful photos! We live in Devon so we’re surrounded by beaches – our local park is on the seafront so we’re at that beach 2 or 3 times a week, and its loveliest in the winter for sure. Cornwall is only an hour from here too and I agree, there are many stunning beaches there. Lusty Glaze is my favourite! Thanks for joining us at #SundayBest – hope you’ll join us again tomorrow x

  • Donna says:

    I absolutely love the beach but we don’t live anywhere near it so we tend to only save beach trips for the nicest weather days – your photos are beautiful though, I wish we could play on the beach more often x

  • http://muminbrum.com says:

    Gorgeous photos, the beach is great at any time of year. I wish we lived closer to the coast too x #mysundayphoto

  • Georgina says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous photos!!

  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood says:

    We live in Poole and probably spend more time at the beach in the winter when it’s quiet than we do in the summer when it’s full of tourists!

  • www.themumdiaries.co.uk says:

    Beautiful photos! I love the seaside and wish I could visit more often than I do.

  • http://www.londonmumma.com says:

    What a little cutie and such fab pictures.

  • www.myboysclub.co.uk says:

    Love the pictures. She looks so happy 🙂

  • http://squishedblueberries.com says:

    Oh these photos are gorgeous. We live near the sea and I love going to the beach in all weathers but I know what you mean, it’s a nice feeling when you get to enjoy it on your own. Although to be fair we were there on Sunday in the freezing cold and there were quite a few other families down there too xx

  • http://evenangelsfall.com says:

    Ah this is a lovely post. We are fortunate enough to live only 10 minutes drive from Bournemouth beach and I love being able to go whenever I want. It is lovely to go in the cold months when it’s calm and quiet ? X

  • Debbie - Hello Deborah says:

    Amazing photos! I love the beach too and wish we lived closer. My favourite beach here has much cheaper parking in winter so we often go there for a wander. I can’t wait to take my little one for the first time when it’s a little warmer.

    Debbie x http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk

  • Http://www.thesmallestofthings.com says:

    I wish we lived closer to a beach! Some beautiful photos 🙂 ox

  • http://katykicker.com says:

    I love the beach at this time of year too. I miss living right near a beach!

  • http://www.thestentedpapa.com/ says:

    Yeah I can get where you are coming from. With winds that could chop your block off you really shouldn’t love them at them moment in time but they are beautiful. You might be cold, possible a bit wet but your head is so clear afterwards and that wins for me. Lovely photos too. Ross – The Stented Papa. #SundayBest

  • http://www.capturedbyjade.blogspot.co.uk says:

    Amazing photos, with your pictures as well as words so perfectly capturing the coast in winter. There is definitely a different atmosphere in winter than summer.

  • Carie @ Space for the Butterflies says:

    In the winter you feel like you’ve stumbled on a secret at the beach, in the summer everyone else has caught up! I grew up on the coast and it’s the one thing I miss about home now I live so far inland!

  • Http://littleladiesbigworld.co.uk says:

    Lovely photos, there’s is definitely something about an empty beach and although I can’t stand sand I love the calm it brings x

  • Kerri-Ann says:

    I know what you mean about visiting the beach in winter, we haven’t managed to yet this year but we are hoping to change that. I love a winter beach when the sun is shining. Your photo’s are beautiful #MySundayPhoto

  • Chloe Wood says:

    Stunning photos! There is something comforting about the beach in winter #sundaybest

  • http://photalife.com/blog says:

    Gorgeous photos, Eastbourne is only down the road from me and I don’t visit enough

    Thank you for linking up

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany says:

    Gorgeous photos! The beach at winter is so different from the beach in the summer and there is something special about it. I really need to take my girls, we’ve not been yet this year x #theordinarymoments

  • http://www.goingonanadventure.co.uk says:

    What gorgeous photos. I love the beach at all times of year – though I remember taking the kids last February for a walk and it was just purely miserable – they were all cold and hated every second of it until we went for chips! I was gutted. I’m determined to take them over to Whitby at some point this year.

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