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Our top picks for thrilling coast adventures
The new MINI Countryman is perfect for exploring the UK’s 11,000 miles of coastline. Rugged and versatile – especially with optional ALL4 all-wheel drive – MINI’s family-sized SUV also boasts room for five and plenty of luggage space, letting you take everything you need for a supersized beach adventure.
Explore the coast with the new MINI Countryman
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 the 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.
“An advanced digital cockpit and touchscreen (with full satellite navigation if you add the Navigation Plus pack) help you find even the most remote coastal locations”
Skip the surf and go swimming
If surfing isn’t your thing, there are lots of great coastal spots for wild swimming. Bude Sea Pool in Cornwall is a great part-man-made pool in which you can sample the Atlantic Ocean while staying relatively protected, while Durdle Door in Dorset boasts one of the UK’s most famous natural landmarks – a gigantic limestone arch just off the Jurassic Coast.
Porth Oer in North Wales is named ‘Whistling Sands’ for the way the sand squeaks between your toes, while Mwnt Beach in Cardigan Bay and Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire offer wonderfully protected spots for a wild ocean swim.
If you want to go even more extreme, head to the far north of Scotland and the Orkney Islands, where Waulkmill Bay offers a sheltered taste of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Search out Britain’s best lighthouses
Even in an age of advanced naval GPS, lighthouses still shine as astonishing places to visit. The new MINI Countryman offers an advanced digital cockpit and touchscreen with sat-nav and a wealth of smartphone connectivity to help you find even the most remote coastal locations. Then, powerful LED headlights cut through the dark to light the way home, with the optional Adaptive LED headlights using matrix technology to offer intelligent automatic high beam.
If you want real bragging rights, why not visit the UK’s most extreme lighthouses? The distinctive towers of the Lizard Lighthouse on Cornwall’s scenic Lizard Point mark the British mainland’s most southerly point. (Land’s End only gets its title by being a few miles further west). Go to the other extreme, and Dunnet Head Lighthouse is the most northerly point of the Scottish mainland – a mile further north than John O’Groats. Sadly, it’s not open to visitors, but you get incredible views from the cliffside walks nearby.
For another type of extreme, Start Point Lighthouse on the South Devon coast sits on a dramatic rocky peninsula that juts a mile out into the Atlantic Ocean, while to reach South Stack Lighthouse on the far west coast of Anglesey in North Wales, you descend a spectacular trail of 400 steps along the cliff face – accompanied by the cacophonous squawks of thousands of local seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills and puffins.
Also well worth a visit are the iconic Portland Bill Lighthouse, off the south Weymouth coast, Tarbat Ness Lighthousein north-east Scotland and Dungness Lighthouse in Kent, which offers a mix of an old 1904 light and one of Britain’s newest lighthouses from 1961. Finally, if you want to see a lighthouse from an entirely different perspective, then set your sat-nav for Beachy Head Lighthouse. You actually look down at the iconic red and white 41m-high structure, which sits 165m out from under the cliffs.
The NEW MINI Countryman:
the big mini. now better than ever.
The new MINI Countryman is the biggest, most versatile member of the MINI family.
It blends stylishly rugged looks and a spacious, high-tech, five-seat SUV interior with up to 1390 litres of highly flexible and adaptable luggage space – while also offering a wealth of ways to customise your car your way, making it feel even more premium or even more practical.
Add in the ability to choose confidence-inspiring ALL4 all-wheel-drive and a Plug-in Hybrid engine that delivers up to 26 miles of all-electric running and impressive fuel efficiency, and you’ve got the perfect partner for big adventures with family and friends.
Flexible seating for five
The perfect family-size SUV, with versatile 40:20:40 rear seats as standard or the option of a sliding rear bench.
Plenty of luggage space
With 450 litres as standard, and up to 1390 litres with the rear seats down, you can carry more stuff, more easily.
Easy to load
A large practical tailgate comes as standard, while the Activity Pack adds an automatic tailgate with hands-free ‘Easy Opener’.
Packed with technology
A digital dashboard display and touchscreen, better smartphone connectivity, more safety aids and LED headlights.
TwinPower Turbo engines
Choose from high-tech petrol performance or responsive diesel efficiency across the MINI Countryman range
Efficient plug-in hybrid
The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid delivers up to 26 miles of electric range, up to 166.2mpg and CO2 as low as 39g/km.
Delivering added confidence and safety for slippery road conditions, as well as off-road flexibility when needed.
Show your own style
Pick from 10 vibrant colours and a wealth of contrasting roof colours, bonnet stripes, alloy wheels and other style features.
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Just like the spacious family-size new MINI Countryman, Britain is bigger than you think. With epic mountains, amazing forests, rugged coasts, scenic lakes, thrilling cities, and inspiring culture, there’s no shortage of great destinations for a break with a difference with family and friends. The new MINI Countryman is perfect for it all.
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