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The UK’s Hidden Gems: Beautiful beaches off-the-beaten-track

There’s nothing better than a relaxing day on the beach! No matter what the weather, British beaches offer escapism that can’t be matched. Not to take away anything from the urban beaches or outdoor lidos, but sometimes all you need is the authentic sea breeze.

Whether you fancy cuddling up with a picnic this autumn or making the most of the last rays of sunshine, we have put together our top eight off-the-beaten-track beaches! Choosing one of these beaches will allow you to dodge the crowds and escape for a day at the seaside before the winter arrives! 

Our Top 8 Hidden Beaches in the UK

The UK is known for some wonderful beaches, especially along the Cornish and Devonshire coast. But, unfortunately, this is a well-known fact! And, these beaches often become extremely busy and crowded in the height of school holidays. 

But, if you’re looking for a secluded day trip or break, keep reading our blog to find some smaller, hidden coves and shingle shorelines away from your fellow ‘Staycationers.’ 

Here are our top picks, starting with…

Bamburgh, Northumberland

Located south of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Bamburgh has a pristine white beach below a picture-perfect 12th Century castle. If that isn’t enough, you can also enjoy lovely views of Farne Island too. A short walk from the lighthouse at Harkness Rocks is Seahouses; you can also take a boat trip from Farnes to see seals and seabirds in perfect serenity. 

With unspoilt sand dunes and a beach only one mile from the nearest car park, you’re likely to have it to yourself. 

West Wittering, Sussex

Halfway between Portsmouth and Bognor Regis, you’ll find West Wittering in Sussex. The Blue Flag beach here is a little different from what you’d typically expect. Rather than being surrounded by amusement arcades and souvenir shops, instead, you’ll find 20 acres of grasses, wetlands and reed beds full of birds and butterflies. There are even the gentle hills of the South Downs close by. 

Not far from London, West Wittering is great for a day trip away from the city. And, sand dune spit at East Head allows for a great afternoon exploring a site of specific scientific interest (SSSI).

Winterton Beach, Norfolk

Winterton Beach offers one of Norfolk’s best-kept secrets! Passing through a picturesque village, you will discover a huge expanse of beach, complete with Hobbit-like huts! This unexpected sight was inspired by similar huts in South Africa’s Hermanus Bay. 

Only a short journey north of Yarmouth, you’ll be sure to lose the crowds here. Surrounded by dunes and grasses, you can have a relaxing time spotting all the wildlife.

Botany Bay, Kent

In the middle of Margate and Ramsgate, you can find Botany Bay. With the chalk-white cliffs of Dover in the background, this must-visit bay is also identified by its towering stacks.

You can easily spend a great afternoon here hunting for fossils, whatever the weather! The beach is at its best when the tide is out, revealing rock pools and an extensive chalk reef, arguably the best in Britain! There’s a great walk along the shore to Broadstairs for you to enjoy too. 

White Park Bay, Northern Ireland

Along the northern coastline of County Antrim lies White Park Bay. There’s bound to be a secluded spot along its 3-mile arc of white sand, nestled in a very rocky Giant’s Causeway. 

With a backdrop of ancient dunes, aptly names Elephant Rock, you may even get lucky and spot a glimpse of dolphins or porpoises. 

Brunswick Bay, Yorkshire

Brunswick Bay remains hidden right up until the last minute, where an unassuming hill leads you down. Following the path, there are many surprises along the way. You’ll discover a village of honey-coloured cottages, complete with red tiles, sheltered by the cliffs of Lingrow Knowle. 

Once at the bay, you’ll discover a glorious sweep towards Kettleness, with wood hits, rock pools and an incredible staircase carved into the cliffs. There are even impressive fossils dating back 180 years! 

Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight

On the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, you’ll find the very hidden Steephill Cove! With no road access, you’ll have no choice but to venture down a winding, narrow path. But, a bonus is there is no road choice, no crowds, or any tourist provisions! Just you and a charming, colour bay. 

With fishing boats bobbing around, rock pools and fresh lobster, you may even feel like you’ve jetted off to the Med! A shingle and sand beach awaits your beach break.

Man O’War Beach, Dorset

The Jurassic Coast is well-known for its beaches; but, we can promise that this one will be quieter than the rest. With limestone-carved arches and amazing views of the coastal path, Man O-War Beach in Dorset is well worth a visit. 

There is a steep 800-metre footpath down from the car park; the lack of accessibility helps make this a secluded spot. This beach is a great and safe spot for a swim for those who can’t resist a dip. With sand and fine pebbles beneath your feet, the water is clean and shallow.

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