Britain in summer - five of our favourites

Devon - seaside towns for all tastes

Devon's southern shore presents a dazzling display of seaside style, including gritty Brixham, the kiss-me-quick, faded resort town of Teignmouth, and Beer with its deckchairs, crab pots and colourful snub-nosed boats.

Angus - superb Scottish seafood

Sit in the harbour in the old-fashioned seaside resort of Arbroath eating haddock smokies, catch your own fish on a sea-angling trip or laze on the sands of Lunan Bay, overlooked by the dramatic ruin of Red Castle.

North York Moors National Park - flowers and birdsong

Amid luxuriant summer heather and woods loud with birdsong stand the magnificent ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. St Aelfred, its abbot, once described its setting as 'everywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world.' Walk to it through the parks and mock-classical temples of Helmsley's Duncombe Park.

East Sussex - idyllic English villages

The perfect south-coast escape starts, ice cream in hand, with a wander down the cobbled alleys of one of England's finest medieval villages - exquisitely pretty Rye. Arrive early to beat the hordes of weekending Londoners. Then head west to Battle, site of a pivotal 1066 spat but these days more suited to a picnic on rolling hills.

Llyn Peninsula - have its squeaky sands to yourself

A green-patchwork finger of land poking into the sea, the Llyn Peninsula is sheltered by the mountains of Snowdonia. The few that make it here find quiet walking, excellent beaches, and a handful of fishing villages. Don't miss the Whistling Sands, which squeak as you walk on them!

Want more? This article is an excerpt from the June issue of the Lonely Planet Magazine. Read the original article for ten more British summer highlights.