8 funny place names along the UK coastline

From Brokenwind to Loose Bottom, Brown Willy to Spunkie, the UK's coastline offers some of the funniest place names you're likely to find. How many have you visited?

Ste Wright | 2 min read

Need something to cheer you up this lunchtime? How about a look at some of the UK’s funniest coastal place names? Here’s just a handful of what our coastline has to offer.

Brokenwind, Aberdeenshire

The Hamlet of Brokenwind is located near the village of Newmachar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was voted third 'worst place names' in the British Isles in 2012.

Wide Open, Northumbria

Located a few miles from the coast in Northumbria, the town of Wide Open boasts a number of Leasure and Recreational venues, keeping the 'Wide-Openians' happy and healthy.

Wetwang, East Riding of Yorkshire

No trip to the East Riding of Yorkshire is complete with an excursion to Wetwang. The 2011 census showed Wetwang to have a population of 761.

Village of Wetwang
Wikipedia adds the caption 'Looking north across the village pond at Wetwang' There are no better words. Photo by Stephen Horncastle

Great Snoring, North Norfolk

When someone says 'North Norfolk' to me, I immediately think of the community of Great Snoring. With a population of just 143, there is, unfortunately, no place a traveller can rest their head for the night at Great Snoring.

Loose Bottom, East Sussex

There was little I could find about Loose Bottom, other than a few pictures of a grassy field with what appear to be crop circles. I’d imagine the last thing you’d put together would be Loose Bottom and crop circles.

Beer, Devon

The civil parish and village of Beer boast a beautiful beach and you guessed it, a beer house or two. The picturesque coastal community has a population of 1,300 Beer loving residents.

Beer road sign
Welcome to Beer. Please drive carefully

The ironic welcome sign reads "Welcome to Beer. Please drive carefully".

Brown Willy, Cornwall

Visiting the North Cornwall coast this summer? Why not climb Brown Willy. At 420m high, you will need to ensure you pack your walking boots to ascend Brown Willy.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Gwynedd, Wales

Yes, you read it correctly. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a small community on the North Wales Isle of Anglesey. It’s the longest place names in Britain, and a fact is the long place name is completely pointless.

Llanfair PG
Station platform sign at Llanfair P.G.

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