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Exploring coastal paradise: 7 must-visit beaches within reach of the GWR network

The GWR network is your gateway to a host of pristine beaches and coastal wonders, all within easy reach of stations.

Every year the company carries thousands of customers to the sandy shores and charming promenades that adorn its network that stretches from Devon and Cornwall, South Wales and the South Coast.

Here's our guide to the top seven beaches within reach of the GWR network.

Weston-super-Mare Beach (Weston-super-Mare Station, Somerset)

Weston-super-Mare Beach is a traditional seaside delight, featuring wide sandy shores and a charming pier. The Grand Pier beckons with amusement arcades and an opportunity to savor classic seaside fun.

Take a 10-minute stroll from Weston-super-Mare Station, and you'll find yourself in the heart of this vibrant coastal destination.

The Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare


Carbis Bay Beach (Carbis Bay Station, Cornwall)

Nestled in the picturesque town of Carbis Bay, this beach is a true gem. With its soft, golden sands and crystal-clear waters, Carbis Bay Beach offers a serene escape.

For those seeking a touch of luxury, the Carbis Bay Hotel Beach Club awaits, where you can dine right on the beachfront and try your hand at thrilling water sports. The tranquility of this spot makes it an ideal destination for relaxation.

It’s a short but steep five-minute walk from Carbis Bay Station.

GWR train with Carbis Bay in the background - Photo credit: Mark Lynam
Photo credit: Mark Lynam

Barry Island Beach (Barry Island Station, South Wales)

Barry Island Beach, a quintessential British seaside destination, greets visitors with its expansive golden sands and vibrant atmosphere. It's a place where cherished childhood memories come to life. The classic fairground rides and amusements at Barry Island Pleasure Park add to the nostalgic charm.

A 10-minute walk from Barry Island Station leads you to this beloved beachfront.

Landscape photo of Barry Island, framed by some trees in the foreground.


Tenby Beach (Tenby Station, Pembrokeshire, Wales)

Nestled within the charming town of Tenby, Tenby Beach boasts a stunning crescent of golden sand.

The historic town, with its pastel-colored houses, offers a unique coastal experience. Immerse yourself in the town's maritime history, wander along cobbled streets, and breathe in the sea breeze.

Take the train to Pembroke Dock and sit back and enjoy the picturesque journey to Tenby. The beach is then just a leisurely 15-minute walk from Tenby Station.

Caldey Island in Tenby


Dawlish Warren Beach (Dawlish Warren Station, Devon)

Dawlish Warren Beach is a family-friendly haven boasting a lengthy stretch of sandy shoreline and charming sand dunes. Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, an ideal spot for birdwatching and leisurely nature walks.

With just a short five-minute walk from Dawlish Warren Station, this beach offers both tranquility and outdoor adventure.

The sand dunes on Dawlish Warren beach


Paignton Beach (Paignton Station, Devon)

Paignton Beach, nestled along the English Riviera, is a family-friendly haven with clean, safe waters and soft sands.

A 10-minute walk from Paignton Station takes you to the historic Paignton Pier. Here, you can explore the pier, take in the lively atmosphere of the town, and indulge in the delights of this charming coastal gem.

Photo of Paignton Pier against a clear blue sky


Exmouth Beach (Exmouth Station, Devon)

Exmouth Beach, situated along the stunning Jurassic Coast, offers a picturesque setting. The long sandy shoreline invites visitors to engage in water sports like paddleboarding or take scenic walks along the South West Coast Path.

The vibrant marina adds to the charm of this coastal destination, and it's just a five-minute walk from Exmouth Station.

A group of people on paddleboards with Exmouth beach in the background


Discover the beauty of these coastal paradises within reach of the GWR network, each offering a unique seaside experience. From tranquil coves to lively promenades, these beaches are perfect for creating lasting memories. Plan your next coastal adventure today!