Seaside holidays are an integral part of British history, and it makes sense why: Britain’s coastline stretches for over 11,000 miles and is as varied as it is long. That means that, wherever you are in the UK, there are options just a drive away for spending the day at the beach. 

In fact, the very farthest place you’ll find yourself from the coast in the UK is only 70 miles away; that’s in the Derbyshire village of Coton in the Elms.

And yet, as soon as the sun comes out, most Brits head to the same beaches, time and time again. In reality, there are countless beaches out there just waiting to be explored in the UK. It comes down to wanting to roam out of your comfort zone and embracing something new, which we’ll be doing right now; check out these hidden beaches that are IDEAL if you want something new in 2022.


A frequently overlooked British spot is Barricane Beach, which is a secluded cove in North Devon. The view from this hidden beach is epic and best enjoyed at sunset. There are also cafes nearby for when you want to return to civilisation and refresh yourself.

One of the best things about Barricane is that it has dozens of exotic seashells. Legend has it these shells came from the shore of a Caribbean island and travelled thousands of miles across the Atlantic to reach the North Devon coast. That makes Barricane a great British summer spot for beachcombing, another activity with roots in British history. 

If you’re going to make the trip to Barricane, make sure you have the right tools to enjoy it. Say, for instance, that you find an exotic seashell there that you want to bring home, but it’s dirty or worse for wear. It’s worth noting that there are many DIY ways to clean seashells and all you need is an old toothbrush, bleach, and water. If you’re into collecting these souvenirs, be sure to take your kit of trusty instruments with you so that you can polish up your treasure before you bring it home.

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Next up is Botany Bay, a hidden gem on the southeast coast of England that’s been billed as one of the UK’s best-kept secrets. The beach offers breathtaking views of white cliffs and chalk stacks, and a mythical, mysterious history to boot. 

Whilst Botany Bay is the perfect beach for sunbathing, there are many other options when the tide is high, including searching for fossils and traversing the circular, 30 mile Viking Coastal Trail, one of the UK’s most enchanting treks.

Calypsa, purveyors of the some of the best plus size swimwear in the UK, tell us that you can also participate in a range of water sports at Botany Bay, including kayaking and canoeing. They warn that getting sunburnt is a common occurrence when out on the water, particularly as reflections are heightened, and suggest that remembering to cover up your shoulders is important in such situations. It should also be noted that, during the high season (from May to October), dogs are banned.

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The stunning Dorset coast makes for a truly beautiful holiday destination, with some incredible scenery and plenty to do. The UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast gives it that extra edge over other beach breaks, offering fun for the whole family with a day out fossil hunting. 

You can’t have a private beach while admiring a historic landmark, right? Wrong. At least, that’s the case with Man O’War Beach in Dorset, which has views of the Durdle Door arch. This hidden beach on the Jurassic Coast can feel like another world. Crowds tend to be put off by the beach’s steep downhill access. But if you can brave the descent, it’s totally worth it.


Wales is a country with 157 miles of coastline, much of which is rugged and arresting in equal measure. 

Head to Pembrokeshire in the south (just under two hours from the capital) for a selection of the finest stretches of sand and surf; both Broad Haven beach and Barafundle beach have been bestowed with the Blue Flag award which celebrates water quality and environmental protection of beauty spots worldwide. What’s more, in 2017 the latter was named as one of the world’s best beaches by Passport Magazine. You’ll never want to leave.

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There’s nothing wrong with creature comforts and returning to the tried-and-tested beaches you’ve enjoyed before, but there’s also great joy in trying new things and exploring new locations. After the two years we’ve all had, it’s reassuring that there’s such tranquillity so close to home.

And whilst we’re celebrating what the UK has to offer, here are 7 staycation ideas for an incredible holiday in Cornwall.

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