2013 Getaways near London with sandy beaches

Visit one of the sandiest UK beaches just over an hour from London or visit countryside sights and harbours, all closer than you might think, this 2012.There are ample boating and watersports available to suit the whole family .

With road and rail improvements over the course of 2011, namely the Hindhead tunnel on the A3 and increased train speed times from London Victoria rail station and London Bridge, getting out of London to the south coast is now an every weekend practicality.

One of our favourite destinations is Chichester, West Sussex, which is famous for West Wittering beach, one of the sandiest beaches in the UK. The beach is fantastic all year round for walks but the in spot during the summer. Chichester is also a great spot for independent retailers, quirky restaurants and boutique hotels in Chichester.

Getting to Chichester is easy. Jump on the frequent trains from London Victoria, departing every 30 minutes to Portsmouth and then alight at Chichester rail station. Places to stay include hotels and bed and breakfasts both in the city centre, and others conveniently accessed for the countryside, beach, harbours and a short ride to the city centre. Try the Crouchers Country hotel www.croucherscountryhotel.com.

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