The British public shares a great love of beaches. Historically, the seaside has held an important position in our culture as a place of merriment, healing, wonder and a compulsory fish and chip supper.
This popularity means well-known UK beaches can be very crowded in the summer months during the school holidays, making it tough to enjoy the experience. To find a more relaxing beach experience, it’s worth heading to lesser-known locations. Some of these coastal treasures go largely unacknowledged but could be just the ticket to a perfect beach trip this summer.
Kynance Cove, Cornwall
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into an island paradise while looking out at the jewel-coloured waters and tropical-tone beach of Kynance Cove. Home to caves that are accessible at low tide, part of the Lizard National Nature Reserve, and a rock upon which wild asparagus naturally grows, there’s something everywhere you look.
Due to being a tidal beach, it’s a location best suited to more seasoned adventurers who know how to safely navigate the timing of the tide.
Talacre Beach, North Wales
A classic sandy beach with beautiful vistas, you can’t go wrong with this North Wales gem. The 250-year-old Point of Ayr Lighthouse stands proudly nearby at a lofty 18 metres, bringing character and heritage to an already-unique location. The surrounding area is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to being the home of some rare species, such as the natterjack toad.
As the sands of Talacre Beach stretch for miles, a nearby holiday home allows you to enjoy long walks at all times of the day, including stunning sunrises and sunsets across the horizon.
Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris
Located in the remote location of the Outer Hebrides, you’ll need to work to find this hidden shore. It may be a journey best suited to drivers, as the main route to the isle is by ferry.
You could easily overlook this stunning beach, as the path leading up to it is unassuming before opening up into spectacular sand dunes. With views across the bay here including mountains, flowers, blue skies and the occasional otter, it’s well worth the trip. You could even take a boat trip to watch for killer whales, basking sharks and puffins. What’s not to love?
Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
Do you love theatre as much as the seaside? Head to Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall for a truly unique experience. The cliffs here house the open-air Minack Theatre which is built into the granite rock and nestled amongst beautiful gardens above the beach.
With popular performances throughout the summer months, you should book early to avoid disappointment.
The bay itself is no less impressive, exuding a sense of tropical paradise with turquoise waters and velvety sands.