From 2015 the qualification levels for the prestigious Blue Flag that recognises the cleanest beaches across Europe is being tightened up and this may cause some British beaches to struggle.
It is reported that beaches will require a longer (up to 5 years) clean track record and this puts at risk some beaches in the North West of England, including Blackpool and Morecambe because of some current pollution issues that have yet to be fully resolved.
We hope that these issues can be resolved quickly as we all want high quality beaches to visit across the UK.
If you are heading out for a day at the beach this Bank Holiday you can see a list of the current English Blue Flag beaches and Scottish Blue Flag beaches
A recent study conducted by the British Psychological Society found that the bracing seaside air had a more positive effect than the countryside or an urban park. In fact, the seaside was significantly more likely to create a feeling of well-being.
We can hardly say that we are surprised by this news after all there are not many nicer things in life than a seaside holiday. The study went on to say that the greatest sense of pleasure came from exercising beside the sea (not so sure about the exercise bit!) regardless of factors such as age, where they lived and who they were with when they were visiting.
This preference for the coast was found both in the general population and among walkers. Those who were travelling alone were particularly likely to get more enjoyment from the coast.
So, it’s official coastal cottages, seaside self catering and beach bungalows are good for you – tremendous, we have always said so.
To celebrate this fact and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle check out these super seaside holidays… beach and seaside self catering cottages
Planning to head to the beach this summer? If you are check out the list of iconic Blue Flag beaches in England and those with the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy Quality Coast Awards. Both Awards give recognition to quality beaches that offer your family a great holiday experience and so are well worth checking out before you travel.
The great news is that in 2012 there are more English beaches with the European wide Blue Flag Award than in 2011, so more great beaches for you to choose from on your summer holiday.
See Blue Flag and Quality Coast Award Beaches in England
If you are planning a beach holiday this Summer then check out some great holiday locations and self catering cottages, apartments and lodges across England. Beach holidays in England
Source: Find Cottage Holidays