While most beaches along the Sussex coast are shingly or pebbly, Camber Sands delivers on the promise of its name: silky, golden sand is the name of the game here. Stretching around eight kilometres (five miles), the beach is backed by rolling sand dunes – the only sand dunes in East Sussex. Such is the beach’s beauty that it has even served as a backdrop to blockbuster movies, including The Invisible Woman (2013), and The Theory of Everything (2014). Thanks to the sand and often perfect wind conditions, Camber Sands is primed for exhilarating activities including kitesurfing and kite landboarding. The best, sandiest section of the beach is at its western end, while further east the beach becomes more shingly underfoot. Camber Sands is approximately two hours by car from London, or can be accessed via a one-hour-40-minute train from London’s St Pancras Station (changing at Ashford) followed by a short bus ride.