Become a seaside explorer
10 ways to have fun at the sea and teach kids about nature
Because it’s an island nation with an irregular shape, the United Kingdom has a much longer coastline than other countries of similar size. It’s difficult to measure the length accurately, but the Ordnance Survey – the UK’s mapping agency – reports the coast of the main island as being 17,820 kilometres (11,073 miles) long. When you add in all the smaller islands, that’s a lot of cliffs, beaches, bays and rocky shores full of wildlife ready to be discovered. Many people head to the seaside for a relaxing day in the Sun, but there’s plenty to do if you’re after more excitement, and it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce children to the wonders of the natural world.
“The United Kingdom has a much longer coastline than countries of a similar size”