These are the beaches in Suffolk with the lightest and darkest sands
A study to find the UK's lightest and darkest beaches has discovered that Suffolk is one of the few regions with sands at both ends of the spectrum – and they lie just a mile away from each other.
While Walberswick, near Southwold, is in the top 15 whitest beaches, Southwold itself is closer to the other end of the spectrum, according to Parkdean Resorts.
The holiday park operator has colour-matched the sands of more than 50 beaches in the UK to create a colour palette called Sandtone which is "inspired by the shades of summer staycations".
And although there is just a mile separating the two Suffolk beaches, Walberswick is the 15th whitest beach in the UK with a shade of 4240 C, while Southwold comes in as the 12th darkest beach at 4007 C.
Over the border in Norfolk, Brancaster has the eighth whitest beach with a shade of 155 C, and elsewhere, many of the lightest sands can be found in Devon, Cornwall and the south coast.
Norfolk also features in the darkest beaches, with Holkham having the third darkest sand, at 7505 C.
Meanwhile the whitest sand of all can be found at Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsular, a 'Sandtone' shade of Cool Gray 1 C, and the darkest sand came from Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire, with a Sandtone shade of 4227 C.
Catherine Lynn, chief customer officer at Parkdean Resorts said: “The UK is craving a holiday after months of lockdown, which has seen many people all over the country stuck inside and missing out on essential time away.
"With the easing of the restrictions, there has been a great emphasis put on UK staycations, something some holidaymakers may not have considered in the past.
“While international travel is still under various restrictions, we want to encourage people to see all that the UK has to offer on our very own shores so we’ve created Sandtone as a love letter to UK’s beaches in the hopes that people will fall back in love with staycationing.
“This summer we’re looking forward to welcoming back holidaymakers to our resorts all over the country where they’ll be able to visit many of these wonderful beaches in a safe environment. We're implementing strict hygiene and social distancing measures to ensure all our customers and staff are safe.”