There may now be an extra incentive to go walking
in some of the UK's most beautiful coastal regions, after statistics on the water quality were released.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has launched its Good Beach Guide, detailing hundreds of the nation's seaside spots.
It found that a total of 461 were home to excellent bathing water, up by 42 on last year's figures.
Rachel Wyatt, coastal pollution officer at MCS, explained stricter regulations are set to be enforced by European authorities from 2015.
"But instead of viewing these new standards with dread, our coastal communities and water companies should welcome them as an opportunity to attract more people to the UK's wonderful and varied seaside," she stated.
The increasing quality of Britain's coasts could tempt many people to pack their walking boots
and head to the shore for a spot of hiking.
Keep Britain Tidy recently handed out its Blue Flag awards, with Torbay in Devon receiving the most of any UK destination.