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Starting at the tip of Cornwall & going clockwise round the country ...
- Great beach for Sailing!
- Beach is Sailable though it may have hazards, or restrictions please review the description.
- Beach maybe Sailable but little to no information is available!
- Sailing is Banned on this beach.
2 or 3 miles of NW facing beach, definitely sailable & good for sailing. Can be too crowded during tourist season.
Sadly no landsailing is allowed.
2 miles of WNW facing sand, with sandyachting permitted at the northern end. Restrictions may apply.
4 miles long & perfect for sailing, but privately owned & landsailing is banned.
3 miles or so of west facing sand/mud. Definitely sailable, but the locals are not keen on anything other than dog-walking.
Bordering Berrow this west facing 2 mile stretch of sand/mud is home to the Brean LYC, but do not turn up in the hope of sailing as the beach is very tightly regulated & you cannot sail there unless you are a member of Brean LYC.
Barely a mile long, this beach is used for all sorts of sports. It is home to the Weston Windsports Club (Chris Moore, BLSA Blokart Club). Very tightly regulated & not an option for non-members.
On the map there's a good 3 miles of sand south of Port Talbot, backed by dunes & the steelworks, which should be fantastic for sandyachting, but access is via a long footpath (30 minute walk) & it might be a nature reserve.
2 miles of SW facing sand at Port Talbot, so very busy during the summer, but seemingly unregulated so anyone can turn up & sail. No sailing in front of the promenade - use the west end only.
2 miles of west facing beach, backed by high hills. Definitely sailable, but the owner is unknown so you'd never get written permission to use it. The North end is used by mutual consent. Access is through a campsite.
Pembrey / Cefn Sidan Sands
7 or 8 miles of sand & arguably the best beach in Europe for landsailing. Only the Northern 5 miles are usable, by members of the Carmarthen Land Sailing Club only.
7 miles of south facing sands, closed during the week for munitions testing, but usable at weekends by members of CLSC - see above - only.
Sailing is not allowed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Also, it's busy, and soft.
2 miles of west facing hard flat sand, unregulated & perfect for windsports, but busy during the tourist season as there are 3 beachfront car parks.
Barely a mile long, this westfacing sandbar enjoys vehicle access & is sailable, but is probably too small & too busy for landsailing.
Sailing is allowed, as long as you set up North of the red brick building.
Sailing is seemingly allowed. Access is through the golf club & across a fairway.
Sailing is allowed, but you must have proof of insurance.
Porthmadog - Black Rock Sands
Definitely sailable, but is warden controlled during the summer months, so restrictions may apply.
Porth Neigwl - Hell's Mouth
At the end of the Lleyn peninusla - sailable, but no information known about any restrictions that may apply.
Anglesey - including Rhosneigr
Some of the beaches are definitely sailable, but no information known about any restrictions that may apply.
Penmaenmawr & Conwy
Sailable (footage on youtube), but no information known about any restrictions that may apply.
Allegedly - but rarely - sailable. Probably not worth trying.
Home of the Wirral SYC. The beach is used by club members only.
A small defined area is usable by anyone with a permit obtained from the local council. The rest of it - Crosby, Formby, Southport - is a Nature Reserve & sailing is banned. Rangers patrol the area.
Lytham St Annes
Home of the sport in the UK, but landsailing is currently banned. Hopefully for not much longer ...
Cleveleys / Rossall
A wet beach, used by buggies & boarders at low tide only
Knott End / Pilling
Definitely sailable, but no information.
Sailable. 3 caravan sites nearby, so can be busy. Fine sand, can be soft after rain.
Bolton Le Sands, Morecambe
Popular beach with kite buggiers - Camping, snacks & parking at Red Bank Farm by the beach.
Rarely sailable - signs may now say No sailing.
Barrow in Furness
Rarely sailable. No information.
The following beaches are sailable, as evidenced by footage on youtube, but no information is known about any restrictions that may apply:
Not on youtube
Not on youtube
Southerness / Portling
North and South Uist
Sailable, and possibly unrestricted
Subdivided into two by a river. Both ends sailable, but narrow, and backed by 20 - 30m cliffs
Not sailable and Restricted, as are Bamburgh and Beadnell, as they are Nature Reserves etc.
Sailable & actively used.
Sailable North of Upgang Lane towards Sandsend - effectively where the promenade ends and the golf course begins - in E or NE winds only.
Sailable - Restrictions may apply during the tourist season - March to End September.
Sailable, but restrictions may well apply in the summer months
Just below Bridlington is a designated wind zone, from the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club dinghy park near the Park & Ride car park, extending south towards Fraisthorpe. Access to the southern portion is down narrow lanes - very remote.
Antonys Bank at the southern end of Cleethorpes nr Humberston Fitties, has a small area set aside by the council & marked out for wind powered vehicles.
Sailable. Home of the Lincolnshire LYC, but landsailing is subject to seasonal restrictions.
Sailable - as per youtube footage - but restrictions are likely to apply.
Land based windsports are permitted North of the Golf Club.
Sailable - as per youtube - but restrictions may apply.
Owned by NT - landsailing banned.
Greatstone on sea
Home of the Kent LYC - no restrictions.
Sailable, as per youtube footage.
Sailable, as per youtube footage.
* Notes - The foregoing information is intended to be helpful, but it might be wrong.