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10 of the Best Driving Distance Beaches from the East Midlands

Want to take a day trip but don’t want to venture too far? We’ve got you covered!


The Midlands is a landlocked region of the United Kingdom, but there’s still so much to do, with plenty of beaches within a comfortable driving distance for the perfect day trip in the summer. We’ve created a list of the 10 closest beaches to the East Midlands. Next time there’s a hot day, be spontaneous, get in the car and go! 




Skegness Beach 

  • 2 hr 20 min (91.0 mi) via A46 and A158 from Ilkeston. 

One of the most popular tourist destinations within the UK, Skegness is a certified Blue Flag area and is a great seaside location, with long stretches of sand perfect for games, walking and other activities. There’s plenty of things to do and places to visit near the beach, with a number of family friendly activities available, including go-karting, funfairs, rides and crazy golf just to name a few! If it’s relaxation you’re looking for then the Compass Gardens is the place for you to sit, relax and unwind. 

At night there’s plenty of destinations to enjoy top quality meals, bars to enjoy a few drinks, or you could even visit the Embassy Theatre, plus plenty more to keep you entertained! 

There’s plenty of paid car parks available, all within a short walking distance to the beach, and it’s definitely worth a visit when the weather is nice and you’re looking for something to do. 


Mablethorpe Beach 

  • 2 hr 33 min (92.7 mi) via A46 from Ilkeston. 

The perfect destination to visit with the family, this is the perfect seaside for the family with chalets to hire if you felt like staying for more than one day, or even donkey rides. There’s plenty of activities to keep the family entertained. If you’re into it, there’s even wind and sailing surfing facilities available, and it’s a brilliant place to enjoy a peaceful stroll. There’s plenty of car parks available nearby to the beach, which may be chargeable. Dogs are restricted during peak seasons to ensure even those who aren’t fond of dogs can have an enjoyable time. 


Cleethorpes Beach 

  • 1 hr 50 min (97.3 mi) via M1 and M180 from Ilkeston. 

Another family friendly beach, the award winning sandy beach of Cleethorpes, will be perfect for the family to enjoy a fun filled day out. You can hire a beach hut or deck chair to rest and relax, not to mention that it’s a great destination to go surfing, if the waves permit. For peace of mind, lifeguards are on duty to ensure everyone stays safe! There are nearby paid car parks, and dog restrictions do apply. 


Sandilands Beach

  • 2 hr 37 min (92.2 mi) via A46 from Ilkeston. 

A great destination if you are hoping to catch a sight of some seals on a sandy coastline. This is a popular beach, especially as it is dog friendly! It’s also a great place to enjoy the local fish and chips by the coast, paid parking is located next to the beach which makes Sandilands beach a brilliant getaway for the day. 


Ingoldmells South Beach

  • 2 hr 38 min (93.6 mi) via A46 and A158 from Ilkeston. 

Another Blue Flag awarded beach, there are a variety of restaurants, cafes and other shops within a short walking distance from the beach, it is more built up compared to other beaches, but there’s still plenty to keep you busy! Dogs are allowed on sections of the beach all year round and a multi-story car park is located close by. 


Moggs Eye Beach 

  • 2 hr 36 min (92.7 mi) via A46 from Ilkeston. 

Fun fact: this is also known as Huttoft Beach! If you are looking for a nice, quiet and rural beach, then look no further! It’s backed by grassy sand dunes, and there’s more than enough space (and sand) for activities and other games, this beach is popular for birdwatching, surfing, swimming and sea angling. A picnic area is also available as well as a dedicated paid car park and toilets! Moggs Eye Beach is also dog friendly. 


Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park 

  • 2 hr 37 min (91.6 mi) via A46 from Ilkeston. 

Picturesque views and wildlife are offered on the long, sandy beaches of the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park, you can walk for miles to make the most of your visit and enjoy the sea breeze, or you could just sit and relax by the beach. Dogs are permitted but have to be kept under control, and plenty of parking spaces are available around the coast. 


Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve

  • 2 hr 28 min (101.6 mi) via M1 from Ilkeston. 

Saltmarsh areas and sand dunes, this beach is more nature-focused, consisting of a variety of wonderful sights as well as protected flora and fauna, which makes this the perfect place to go exploring for the day. Dogs are not permitted onsite, and there are various entrances for the chargeable car park. 


Chasewater Country Park (Man-made)  

  • 1 hr 3 min (43.1 mi) via A38 from Ilkeston. 

If you don’t feel like travelling all the way to the coast, then Chasewater Country Park is a great option, it consists of a 90-hectare reservoir along the ‘coast’ and parking is only £1 for 2 hours or £3 for all day parking. So whether your intentions are to partake in activities or sit back and relax, the Chasewater Country Park is another great option. 


Bosworth Water Park (Man-made)

  • 49 min (33.8 mi) via A42 from Ilkeston. 

Once again, another man-made destination, consisting of a large lake, with plenty of space for everyone to have a fun time. There are a range of different activities for everyone to get involved in and have a fun-filled day, which makes this a perfect place to go with the family or a large group. A dog friendly destination with exclusive site parking with prices starting from £1.50 per hour, Bosworth Water Park brings the coastline fun right to the East Midlands. If you are based in or around Leicestershire then Bosworth Water Park is well worth a visit for a fun day out!


And that completes the list of the 10 best beaches within a reasonable driving distance from the East Midlands! The all new Toyota RAV4 would be a great vehicle for these trips!  

Some destinations may be a slightly longer drive, depending on where in the East Midlands you’re travelling from. The next time the sun is shining and the weather is nice enough, consider travelling to one of these destinations to make the most of the weather!  Don’t forget to keep up with our latest news to stay up to date!