5 secluded UK beaches to discover this summer

Lily Holbrook takes us on a tour of the best secluded beaches to visit this summer... Don't tell anyone!

Lily Holbrook
15th March 2021
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Dotted all around the British Isles, there are plenty of seaside escapes waiting to be discovered as life returns to normal. With dreams of a carefree summer waiting in the wings, here are 5 of the UK's quietest beaches to discover in 2021….

1. Porthkerris, Cornwall

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The perfect spot for snorkelers and scuba divers alike, Porthkerris is a secret spot tucked away on the east coast of Cornwall's Lizard peninsula. Offering views of Pendennis Castle, a campsite for travellers and a sigh of relief for those who overcome the questionable roads on the journey in, Porthkerris is well worth a visit. Accessible only via tiny villages on small country lanes, this secluded pebble beach is an ideal place to escape the Cornish hustle and bustle at the height of summer.

2. Druridge Bay, Northumberland

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With vast expanses of sand and an impressive array of sand dunes, Druridge Bay is a treasure that exists right here in Northumberland. Attracting golfers to the nearby course at Warkworth, the beach offers a welcome sanctuary to dog walkers and travellers who know where to find it.

3. West Sands, St Andrews

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St Andrews may not sound like a place that's off the beaten track, but the beach at West Sands is surprisingly quiet. Famed for its appearance in the opening scene of Chariots of Fire, West Sands is the ideal place for a scenic run. Almost 3 miles of beach also provides the perfect opportunity for a long walk, a paddle and maybe even some kite flying!

4. Saunton Sands, Devon

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With extensive sand the defining feature of this seaside haven, there is no need to worry about social distancing at Saunton. Complete with tumbling dunes, beach houses and challenging waves, this beach is a popular spot with surfers.

5. Whiterocks Beach, Northern Ireland

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Situated near the home of the championship golf course in Portrush, Whiterocks is one of Northern Ireland's coastal gems. Complete with stunning limestone cliffs and a coastal path along the Causeway Coast Way, the site is a seaside bliss for visitors wishing to soak up the location's natural beauty.

Wherever you are in the UK, there are miles of beautiful coastline waiting to be explored. Discover one near you this summer for a seaside fix without the need to travel overseas.

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AUTHOR: Lily Holbrook
MA Media & Journalism student and science sub-editor for the 20/21 academic year.

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