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The Panel: My Favourite Beach

The Panel: My Favourite Beach

Lucy Stevens, Founder OV Naturals

Branscombe beach stretches below the cliff path as you approach from Beer along the Jurassic Coast. Covered in hard-to-walk-on shingle, with  a backdrop of towering white rocks, a mysterious cave and lush greenery. Not a beach for relaxing or swimming, it's the drama that I love.

Steven Lamb, River Cottage

My favourite West Country beach is Eype or more precisely Eype's Mouth as it is an inlet of the Eype stream that meets the sea between the more popular coastal conurbations of West Bay and Seatown. You have to persevere down a steep narrow winding lane to get to the beach which is a test of patience in a car particularly as there are only a couple of passing places should you encounter someone from the opposite direction. However once you get there it is totally worth it and you won't be in a rush to leave.The pebbled beach is sheltered and shelves into the sea which for some reason always looks inviting to swim in at any time of the year. That's the other thing about Eype, it is the perfect sunny day beach but also great for mid-winter driftwood fireside star gazing. For those of you bitten by the Broadchurch bug it is also home to the iconic wooden hut that character Danny Lattmer was last seen in before his untimely death. There are no shops selling ice creams, chips or beach paraphernalia 
it is a place that has changed very little and it is comforting that this is true for views both on and off shore. Should you want to experience the zen of Eype then it is worth taking a peep.

Nathan Outlaw, Chef

I'm really lucky to have Rock beach literally on my doorstep. It's a great place for a family day out as there's lots of sandy beach and some great dunes to explore too. It tends to be quieter than many other beaches around the Cornish coast and out of season can be absolutely deserted. I like to take a BBQ and a few drinks and have a lazy few hours iwht the kids and my dog. If you fancy a quick trip over to Padstow, you can taxi across the from the jetty too.

, Fashion Designer

My favourite beach is Chesil. I love it because it's not overcrowded and we'll come here at the weekends with the kids and the dogs and spend hours there. You can have the longest walk there and just chill out. Finish at the Hive Beach Cafe for serious seafood and a chilled bottle of wine. Perfect.


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