With room for five, up to 1390 litres of versatile luggage space, and plenty of ways to customise your MINI to make it even more stylish or even more practical, the new family-size MINI Countryman SUV is a real all-rounder. Add in the option of ALL4 all-wheel-drive or an efficient Plug-in Hybrid with 26 miles of low-impact electric range, and you’ve got true go-anywhere ability.
All of that makes the new MINI Countryman perfect for exploring the UK’s 11,000 miles of coastline. Rugged and versatile, with loads of room, it lets you take everyone and everything you need for a grand day out at the beach.
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Surf Britain’s wildest beaches
There’s a wealth of choice for amazing British beaches if you want to simply top up your tan, but there are more thrilling ways to spend time on the coast. So, skip the tourist traps, strap a surfboard to the new MINI Countryman’s roof rails, chuck your wetsuit in the spacious luggage bay and bring a couple of friends or the rest of the family along for the ride. And, with optional ALL4 all-wheel-drive you don’t need to fear sand or shingles.
Woolacombe in North Devon is one of the UK surfing’s most iconic locations, with nearby Saunton Sands offering a beginner-friendly surf spot. Alternatively, the stretch of Cornwall coast between Sennen Cove and Gwynver Beach (on the very tip of the UK) offers some of the region’s best beach breaks, with smaller starter waves to the south.
Rhossili Bay, just east of Swansea on the Gower Peninsula, offers some of the best surfing in Wales, while – further north – Newgale on the Pembrokeshire Coast and Porth Neigwl in Gwynedd, North Wales, are equally impressive alternatives.
The Yorkshire and Northumberland coast is another British surfing hotspot, with Saltburn providing dramatic waves next to its Victorian pier and the sandy expanse of Bamburgh Beach offering consistent waves in front of the dramatic backdrop of Bamburgh Castle.
In Scotland, Dalmore Beach on the Isle of Lewis and Harris is a great place to step a surfing adventure up a notch, boasting some of northern Europe’s most consistent waves thanks to its exposed location on the Atlantic. Alternatively, Thurso Beach is Britain’s most northerly surf spot, right on the top of the Scottish mainland. Its big waves are some of the best in Europe, but are perhaps better suited to more experienced surfers.