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Hidden beaches: From Cornwall to Lothian, the hidden beaches in the UK revealed

When the sun is shining, most people in the UK will head to the coast.

Whether that’s the picturesque Cornwall, Brighton’s pebble beaches or the thriving Skegness – nine times out of ten it will be packed.

Brits are known for rushing to coast as soon as the sun comes out, so why not head to somewhere that is not rammed with people on the beaches.

Here Express.co.uk lists Britain’s beautiful hidden beaches.

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Hidden beaches: Places to head to in the UK that are not crowded

Saunton Sand, Devon

A stunning golden sand beach is literally hidden behind some of the largest dunes in the UK – Brauton Burrows.

No doubt you’ll need some strong legs to get over the dunes, but it is worth the effort – especially if you are after a quiet, picturesque place to relax.

The beauty of Saunton Sand was captured in Robbie William’s Angles music video – although it is a great a place to go surfing too.

Moor Sands, Devon

Located in East Prawle, this idyllic beach is out of this world.

With a turquoise sea, small offshore islands and fine pearl sands – this is one of the best hidden beaches – especially as to get to it you have to go through a quiet meadow before descending down a rope ladder.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Situated just two miles north of Lizard Point, this stunning beach in Cornwall is often missed by tourists heading down the A3083. 

This hidden gem offers spectacular white sand beaches, which stand out against the colourful cliffs and caves. Plus the turquoise blue sea makes this spot feel like you are on a holiday in the Mediterranean with your own private beach.

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Hidden beaches: Kynance Cove is often missed by tourists heading to Lizard Point in Cornwall


A desolate yet beautiful coastline located about 18 miles east of Edinburgh, Aberlady is often missed by tourists


Aberlady, Scotland

A desolate yet beautiful coastline located about 18 miles east of Edinburgh, Aberlady is often missed by tourists.

It has an absolutely stunning nature reserve, as well as views of Arthur’s Seat and a submarine wreck sitting tenuously on the golden sands. In autumn thousands of pink-footed geese transform this quiet spot into a riot.

Botany Bay, Kent

Located on the south east coast of England, this beautiful rocky beach often gets overlooked – some may argue it is because of its towering cliffs.

But if you visit the coast when there is a low tide, it has some of the best rock pools and chalk reef and is a great place for a stroll.

Cattersty Sands, North Yorkshire

Situated behind high crags and grassy meadows, this little bay in Skinningrove offers a perfect place for a relaxing afternoon and leisurely strolls.

It boasts crystal clear waters and an old, worn out pier.

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Hidden beaches: Botany Bay in Kent has some of the best rock pools

Winterton Beach, Norfolk

This huge beach offers the perfect quiet holiday spot in a picturesque village.

Just nine miles north of Great Yarmouth, it has cute wood huts that were inspired by the Hermanus Bay huts in South Africa.

Bamburgh, Northumberland

This quiet, idyllic, white sandy beach in the north is a haven if you want to escape the crowds.

With a 12th century castle situated at the top of the beach offering panoramic views of the Farne Islands, you couldn’t ask for anything more.

The Strangles, Cornwall

For a beach full of character but not swarming with tourists, head to The Strangles, which is a 15 minute walk south of Crackington Haven.

Although it is known for its high cliffs and shipwrecks, if you head down the zigzag path past the dwarf oaks, there is huge stretch of low-tide sand.

It is also the perfect place to make a fire, have a BBQ and watch the sunset. 

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Hidden beaches: Bumburgh in Northumberland offers idyllic views from its 12th century castle

Oxwich, Wales

This pretty two-mile stretch of beach features sand dunes, salt marches and woodland.

Its safe shallow water makes this a reasonably popular place to go in the summer.

Eype Beach, Dorset

Most tourists miss this beach as they are busy heading towards Lyme Regis or West Bay.

But if you want a secluded spot, away from the crowds then Eype is the place to go. With large smooth pebbles and serene surroundings, this beach is ideal for picnics and barbecues.

North Sands, County Durham

The North Sands is one of the first stretches of the English shoreline and is the best place to go for a beach walk – when the tide is low.

It offers beautiful scenes, especially the cliffs which have a yellow glow thanks to the magnesium limestone.

The story comes after Express.co.uk revealed the best beach in Britain.