A VILLAGE in Northumberland is today called the UK’s top seaside hotspot– with Covid-savvy trippers still keen to evade the crowds.
Bamburgh, with around 400 locals and understood for its beaches and castle, tops a list of 100 locations.
Tynemouth, in Tyne and Wear, took joint 2nd location together with Dartmouth in Devon.
Consumer group Which? surveyed 4,000 people and said an increasing number wish to avoid packed beaches.
Representative Rory Boland included: “Many of us discovered the joy of a British summer season holiday in 2015 and the pattern looks set to continue.
” Our study reveals that bigger is rarely much better, with smaller and less congested resorts taking the top areas over better-known locations.”
Bamburgh notched up a “consumer score” of 85 percent, with 5 star for its beaches, tourist attractions and surroundings.
It got an additional 5 star for worth for cash, with lodging costing half the prices of popular spots in better-known Cornwall.
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Tynemouth and Dartmouth scored 84 per cent, and 5 star for their seafronts. Tynemouth was praised for its restaurants and market while visitors to Dartmouth suggested a boat journey along the River Dart or the steam train from Paignton.
Next was St Andrews, Fife– more famed as the “house of golf”. Visitors recommended going out of term time as there are less trainees around.
Skegness, Lincs, was bottom with 48 percent.