Recalling some of my happiest childhood days, I conjure up those sunbaked afternoons (it was always sunny when we went to the seaside) eating 99s, as trails of ice cream ran down my arm.The British, more than any other nationality, have an unbridled delight in a day at the beach. When industrial labourers first earned the money – and the time – for holidays, they knew they wanted to be beside the sea: on summer's days, millions headed in trains and charabancs for resorts like Blackpool, Brighton and Scarborough.
In 2013, Britain's seaside is enjoying a new lease of life.
The beach is the winner of a Blue Flag Award and is also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.
There are many facilities to benefit from at this beach, including an onsite lifeguard, toilets and disabled facilities, showers, a cafeteria, refreshment kiosks, baby changing facilities, deckchairs, first aid facilities, lost child services, surfboard hire, and more.
This is the 'other' Blackpool – in Devon – and it couldn't be more different from Lancashire.
Blackpool Sands, set in a sheltered bay surrounded by pines, is an award-winning privately managed family beach three miles west of Dartmouth.
Offering wonderful views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond, the natural and unspoilt sandy beach of West Wittering has been a favourite destination for a family day out for generations.