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Spending your holiday on an overcrowded beach doesn’t sound appealing right now, does it? We have a solution; we’ve put together a list of 7 of the UK’s best hidden beaches, so that you can escape the madding crowds.

The coastline of Britain stretches just over 11,000 miles, so you are sure to be spoilt for choice by the number of beaches that are awaiting. However, as soon as the sun comes out, we Brits are guilty of heading straight to the coast and cramming onto the sand like sardines.

So for the intrepid explorer, we have found the most rewarding secret beaches in the UK, perfect for those seeking peace at the beach.

Continue reading to discover 7 of the Best Hidden Beaches in the UK…


1. Man O’War Beach, Dorset

Man O'War Beach

Discover this hidden beach on the dramatic Jurassic Coast, in south-west England. Man O’War Beach rests within an outstanding natural beauty and is rich in geological history, so promises a scenic spot for you to hide away from the crowds.

This quiet beach is the ideal respite from the usual crowds that you find at pretty UK beaches. Because of its steep downhill access and plenty of neighbouring beaches with easier entry, it is easy to see why this is one of the less-crowded beaches on the Dorset coast.

The striking views are sure to spur you on and once you have arrived at this hidden beach, you will feel as if you had reached your own private island. Enjoy an afternoon lazing on the isolated beach with pebbles and fine sands, as you admire the views of the iconic Durdle Door arch.

Postcode: BH20 5PU

Parking: Parking is available half a mile away from the beach

Dog friendly: Yes


2. Porth Joke, Cornwall

Porth Joke beach

The only reason why this stunning spot could possibly be one of the best-kept secrets in the UK is due to the no road access and its position, just a stone’s throw away from the popular seaside resort of Newquay.

Porth Joke is often overlooked and is rarely busy but has golden sands, a stream and caves waiting to be explored. This quiet beach is set within a deep cove between headlands and during low tide there are rock pools and caves for even the youngest of explorers to enjoy.

The car park is a fair walk away, but once you reach this hidden beach, the trek is certainly worthwhile.

Postcode: TR8 5SE

Parking: National Trust car park at West Pentire

Dog friendly: Yes


3. Botany Bay, Kent

Botany Bay, Kent

Our next hidden beach in the UK is truly a gem. Backed by dramatic white cliffs and chalk stacks, this quiet beach in Kent is perfect for those in pursuit of a little peace on a sunny day.

The hidden beach is perfect for those who simply want to soak up the sun, search for fossils or try their hand at a range of watersports, including canoeing, kayaking and surfing.

It is the perfect quiet beach to take in the tranquillity of Kent in peace!

Postcode: CT10 3LG

Parking: There is no parking here, only residential parking, so please consider this when visiting

Dog friendly: There is a dog ban in place from 1st May until 30th September, when dogs are not permitted between 10am and 6pm


4. Barricane Beach, Devon

Barricane Beach

This secluded UK beach is tucked in between the rocks at the far northern end of Woolacombe in Devon.

Barricane Beach is known for its cowries and other exotic seashells, which some suggest have travelled from the shore of a Caribbean island, thousands of miles across the Atlantic.

Look forward to getting away from the crowds on the popular and award-winning beach situated nearby, whilst also being within walking distance of a selection of cafés, bars and restaurants. If you are visiting during the summer months, be sure to visit this hidden beach’s café to sample its famous curry, to be enjoyed on the pristine sands.

Alternatively, catch the final glimpses of sunshine for an epic view all to yourself.

This is just one example of the many stunning beaches in Devon.

Postcode: EX34 7DB

Parking: Parking is recommended along The Esplanade and within the two paid car parks in Woolacombe, a short walk away

Dog friendly: Yes


5. Cuckmere Haven Beach, East Sussex

Cuckmere Haven Beach

You may recognise our next hidden beach in the UK from the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film and from the opening scene in Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Cuckmere Haven is a quiet beach in the area of flood plains in Sussex, sitting at the meandering Cuckmere River and dominated by the white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters.

This is a great spot for walkers, watersport enthusiasts, sunbathers and those alike. Alternatively, simply come here to walk in the footsteps of the smugglers who used the beach in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

Postcode: BN25 4AR

Parking: Country Park Centre near the Golden Galleon pub

Dog friendly: Yes, but please keep on leads where signs indicate


6. Druidston Haven, Pembrokeshire

It is fair to say that our next UK hidden beach has an air of mystery about it.

The secluded beach of Druidston Haven is backed by dramatic cliffs and when the tide is in, you cannot see the golden sands from the road. Because of this, this stunning beach may have not made an appearance on many maps, so this is perfect for those seeking a secret spot in which to unwind.

The charm of the beach truly unfolds are you descends down the steep path and into the cove, before being welcomed by the wide sandy bay. Explore the plethora of coastal paths, which pass this hidden beach or head towards northern end of the beach to investigate some interesting rock formations.

Your canine companions are also welcome to enjoy this secret beach, however swimming is not recommended here due to its ever-changing currents.

So if you are looking to explore the majestic wonder of this beach, take a look at our Pembrokeshore holiday cottages.

Postcode: SA62 3NG

Parking: Nolton Haven car park or half a mile south at Haroldston Chins

Dog friendly: Yes


7. Lantic Bay, Cornwall

Lantic Bay

We all know about Cornwall’s popular surfing beaches, but the fair share of hidden beaches that the regions has, including the stunning Lantic Bay, may surprise you.

This hidden beach is more a less impossible to stumble upon without purposefully looking for it, so be sure to pack lightly, because you are in for a trek.

After a captivating walk through the wood and farmland and along a stretch of steep steps, be rewarded by the turquoise waters and the moon shaped beach, with plunging cliffs as a backdrop.

The waters may tempt you in for a drip or explore the different walks around the cove, which have been preserved by the National Trust.

Postcode: PL23 1NP

Parking: National Trust Lantic Bay car park

Dog friendly: Yes


If you liked the look of these hidden beaches, then browse through our selection of the most exotic-looking UK beaches, sure to make you feel like you’re on a Caribbean island or long-haul escape. Be sure to book with us today to secure your next summer break by the beach. Has your favourite secret beach made the list? If you know of any other pretty beaches that are far from busy crowds, please share with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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