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Torquay is King of the Sandcastle!
Making sandcastles on Torquay's main beach
Torre Abbey Sands in Torquay is the tops when it comes to making sandcastles!
Get out your buckets and spades and head to Torquay - it's where you'll find the best sand for sandcastles in the whole of Britain! Not convinced? Then read on...
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It's official - Torquay's beaches are the best in Britain, or at least they are when it comes to making sandcastles.

Apparently, the quality of your sandcastle is all down to the mixture of sand and water.

And, according to a team of scientists, the mix at Torre Abbey Sands is just about perfect, which makes Torquay King of the Sandcastle!

The special formula, just so as you know is: OW0.125 x s.

The beach boffins from Bournemouth University used this formula to judge which place had the best sand for making sandcastles.

For the likes of you and me, the formula equates to one part water to eight parts of sand.

Nice work if you can get it...

To reach these conclusions, the scientists had to travel around the coast, collecting samples of sand from beaches using buckets and spades.

Torre Abbey Sands
Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

The scientists also took into account factors including grain-size distribution analysis, load-bearing capacity of the sand, and visual aesthetics. The research was led by Professor Matthew Bennett.

He said:"The study found that Britain has a wealth of beaches that are extremely well suited to sandcastle building, so if people get the water-sand combination right they will have hours of fun.

"The strength of a sandcastle depends on how the grains interact, so the correct mix of sediment and water is crucial to any castle that is being built.

"Too much water and the sand will liquefy. Too little water and the sand won't bind."

He said Torquay came out on top due to its extremely fine-grained sand, which also resulted in the beach having the sand with the greatest cohesive powers.

And you can't argue with that, can you...

The Top Ten Sandcastle Beaches:
Torquay, Devon
Bridlington, Yorkshire
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Bournemouth, Dorset
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Blackpool, Lancashire
Eastbourne, East Sussex
Herne Bay, Kent
Newquay, Cornwall
Rhyl, North Wales

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