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If you’re dreaming of a beach with powder-soft sands, turquoise seas and killer surf, there’s no need to go booking that long-haul flight just yet. In fact, you won’t need to venture nearly as far afield as you’d think. We’ve got some of the world’s most glorious beaches right here in Blighty, and TripAdvisor users have just crowned the best one of all – Woolacombe Beach in Devon. The three-mile stretch of sand has taken the top spot for the second year in a row, nudging out rivals in neighbouring Cornwall and seeing off opponents from Scotland and Wales. From familiar favourites to wilderness spots, these are the UK’s 10 best beaches.