Things to Think About Before Moving to the UK Coast

Updated on October 6, 2017
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Claire has been dealing with depression since the age of 14 and obtained a degree in psychology in order to help those suffering.

We Took the Plunge

In the past five years, I have moved five times. Now this might seem perfectly normal to some people, but not to me. I grew up in Oxford and I lived there until the age of 25, the same place, never moving, but hey, things change.

The decision to move to the coast wasn't one I was thrilled with, but my wife wanted to be near her parents and I was never going to stand in the way of that, I can work from anywhere in the world, and besides, we needed a fresh start, the city we lived in was getting worse.

So off we moved to Cornwall, a grand total of 330 miles from where we lived, 5 and a half hours from everything we knew and had grown accustomed to. It was my birthday when we moved; I am still not sure why I agreed to that one, but I suppose I thought it would be now or never.

The day after we got here, we soon realized that it wasn't just like a different county, it was like a different country altogether, the whole way of life was totally different, it was a major culture shock and I wish someone had warned me about how different coastal life is to anywhere else in the country. But I can warn you, so if you are thinking of moving to the coast, there are a few things you need to be aware of first.

The Pace of Life is Slower

Having lived in either big towns or small cities for most of my life, the pace of life is something that I am still not used to. Things move at a slower pace and this is something that locals are happy with, and proud of too! There is very little sense of urgency in a coastal town, and if you try to rush anything or change anything, it won't be well received.

It's a Heritage They Are Proud of

And rightly so, coastal towns normally have the most fascinating history behind them, with some really out there folklore to match. And whilst it may seem like witchcraft and nonsense to you, don't go telling the locals that, it's their history after all.

Go somewhere quieter in season
Go somewhere quieter in season


If you live somewhere coastal, then for at least three months out of the year you will have to deal with tourists, and whilst they are essential to the upkeep and survival of coastal places, it can have a huge impact on your day to day life. You will have to avoid certain places and allow longer traveling times to get to and from work, because you will probably be stuck behind a camper van or RV.

And what might be your favorite places to go will become inaccessible during the summer months because you won't be able to find a single place to park.

You Might Not be Welcome for a While

People who have lived in a coastal place all their lives have seen people come and go, and swarm to the sea to live "the dream" like it is some kind of romantic novelty. So to be honest, they might not be as happy as you are.

Things to Do are Mainly Outside

Coastal places have beaches and walks; the need for stuff to do inside is apparently very minimal. So finding something to do in Cornwall when it is raining (that doesn't cost you a fortune) is not easy at all.

It Rains by the Sea Too!

This is something that still seems to mystify people who have been here for at least a year, people don't seem to think that it rains wherever there is a beach. As if sand is some kind of rain repellent!

It's Cold

The sea breeze is as refreshing as a cool drink of water in the summer, but in the winter, the sea breeze turns into an icy grip of death that takes at least two years to get used to!

It is still beautiful though
It is still beautiful though

Check it Twice

So go through this list, and if you can stand all of the above, then best of luck to you. If you can't, think twice before moving anywhere near the sea.


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      Claire Raymond 6 months ago from UK

      Thanks Louise, I am getting used to the pace of life, but it is very beautiful. I love Norfolk, I think it is amazingly beautiful, I fell in a river there once!

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      Louise Powles 6 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I hope you're enjoying your life in Cornwall. I've lived by the coast (in Norfolk) for the past 28 years and quite like it. Although I can relate to a lot of what you said. Especially the cold and when the tourists come.

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      Claire Raymond 6 months ago from UK

      Thank you! Yes it takes some getting used to, but as you say, not for everyone.

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      Travel-Wise 6 months ago

      Some great points about a life-changing decision. So many people seem to love it but it certainly isn't for everyone.

      Thanks for sharing!