25 of the most stunning secret beaches you won't believe are in the UK

With almost 20,000 miles of coastline, the UK is home to a wealth of beautiful beaches, but many of them are packed during the summer months.

Friday, 4th September 2020, 4:42 pm

Luckily there are also plenty of lesser-known coastal areas where you can while away an afternoon without being bothered by crowds. These are 25 of the best hidden beaches in the UK - from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands.

Lunan Bay offers a secluded spot on the Angus coastline, backed by sand dunes and low cliffs. The ruins of Red Castle, which dates back to the 12th century, overlooks Lunan Bay (Photo: Shutterstock)
Swanlake Bay is a shingle beach back by low cliffs, but at low tide golden sands and rock pools are unveiled. It is only accessible from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and rarely has more than a handful of visitors at any one time (Photo: Shutterstock)

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At low tide, the beach boasts a wide stretch of golden sand and is backed by sandstone cliffs. The beach becomes very small when the tide comes in, so it’s worth checking the tide times when planning a visit (Photo: Shutterstock)
Cart Gap is a popular place to walk along the Norfolk Coast Path. The main beach is calm and peaceful and is accessed through Cart Gap Road, which is a narrow single road (Photo: Shutterstock)
Traeth Llyfn is a sandy and rocky beach located between Porthgain and Abereiddi. The beach is reached by very steep metal stairs, but there are rock pools to explore and scenic views to take in when you get there (Photo: Shutterstock)
Trimingham is a secluded beach, which is located at the end of a steep narrow lane. The pretty beach is a great spot for dog walkers, fans of watersports and anglers (Photo: Shutterstock)
This long stretch of beach is off the beaten track and mostly untouched. It may not be a bucket and spade sort of beach, but it’s a great place to enjoy peace and tranquility (Photo: Shutterstock)
Chapman’s Pool sits is backed by high cliffs and offers superb views. Down in the cove there’s a couple of fisherman’s huts and a slipway (Photo: Shutterstock)
Ross Back Sands is a beautiful beach, which offers views of Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle. It’s great for picnics or just a stroll, and is also dog friendly (Photo: Shutterstock)
The long beach is composed mainly of shingle and pebble, and is backed by grasslands and cliffs. It’s located in Horden, which is a former mining community on the North Sea coast (Photo: Shutterstock)
Dunwich Heath and Beach is situated on the Suffolk coast, and is owned by the National Trust. The beach is set in a break between the cliff, and the local area is teeming with wildlife (Photo: Shutterstock)
Located on the Isle of Wight, Steephill Cove is situated just south of the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor. Steephill is a traditional, unspoilt fishing cove with a sandy beach. The cove is nestled between rocky cliffs and smugglers' coves (Photo: Shutterstock)
This is a three mile stretch of sand and shingle beach, which runs along a narrow piece of land at the mouth of the Humber Estuary. It’s a great place to see migrating birds, and Spurn is also a popular location for hunting fossils (Photo: Shutterstock)
Porthledden Cove is located at the mouth of Kenidjack valley in Cornwall, and offers beautiful views. The area features historic mining remains and it gets its name from the house that overlooks it (Photo: Shutterstock)
Bossington Beach is a pebble beach situated at the eastern end of Porlock Bay, Somerset. Behind the beach is a unique marshland, which attracts numerous rare species of bird and insect (Photo: Shutterstock)
Gaddings Dam is home to the highest beach in the UK, towering 780 feet above sea level. It’s around a half an hour walk to access the beach, but the views are worth the wait, offering splendid sights of the Yorkshire countryside (Photo: Shutterstock)
Mellon Udrigle offers superb views of Suilven and Stac Pollaidh mountains and the Isle of Lewis can even be seen on a clear day. The small seaside hamlet leads down to the sea and white sands (Photo: Shutterstock)
This beach boasts some of the oldest dated sand dunes, which run up to a National Trust bird sanctuary. You may even be able to spot seals and porpoises feeding in the nearby estuary in Barmouth (Photo: Shutterstock)
Broad Sands Beach is nestled in wooded cliffs and is home to secret caves which are waiting to be explored. There’s also an island lookout which is great for children, with a pathway made up of 200 steps leading down to the sandy beach (Photo: Shutterstock)
Haverigg beach is located at the mouth of the Duddon Estuary, boasting views over the Lake District fells. Haverigg features large sand dunes, a shingle beach and a large vast expanse of sand (Photo: Shutterstock)
Camusdarach Beach boasts white, glistening sand and clear water, and is situated just south of the estuary of River Morar (Photo: Shutterstock)
Located on County Antrim’s northern coastline, White Park Bay boasts three-miles of white sand, and is situated in a secluded spot on the Giant’s Causeway (Photo: Shutterstock)
Situated 18 miles east of Edinburgh, the near-deserted Aberlady Bay boasts a nature reserve and splendid views across the sea to Arthur’s Seat. It’s a quiet spot perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city (Photo: Shutterstock)
This beach is located on the south coast of Cornwall, two miles north-west of the popular Lizard Point spot. Most people head straight for Lizard Point and miss out on the sugar white sand, dramatic arches, caves and superb 200ft cliffs of dreamy Kynance Cove - so make sure you don’t (Photo: Shutterstock)
Sugary Cove is situated on the mouth of the River Dart in Dartmouth, Devon, and provides a secluded spot just 20 minutes’ walk from the busy town. The beach can only be accessed by foot or boat, and features a shingle beach where it’s safe to swim (Photo: Shutterstock)