Coast magazine editor chooses uncrowded sand – and places to stay nearby – great for a seaside escape from May

When the tide is out, it’s easy to get to this lovely beach via Three Cliffs Bay When the tide is high, climbing the footpath is the only option Despite the popular South Gower, this sandy stretch is practically empty when others are busy. The closest car park is in the village of Penmaen, a 20-minute walk away.There are no facilities or lifeguards, but for experienced surfers there may be good waves in medium to high tide • That Oxwich Bay Hotel offers Secret Garden Pods for 2 people from £ 79 per night during the summer Other accommodation options include hotel rooms, caravans and cottages as well as the Oxwichbayhotelcouk

Although Murlough Bay is known for its natural beauty, it remains quiet as it can only be reached via a steep, single-lane road that is too narrow for buses, however, there is a small parking lot on the hill that also has cows and sheep roaming around Surrounded by lush green hills overlooking Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre beyond, the beach is breathtaking Explore the surrounding prehistoric and modern ruins – the bay has a fascinating history • Doubles at Fullerton Arms from £ 80 B&B, Fullerton-Armscom

Looking for the wild and windswept? Here the place is Far from the hustle and bustle, the huge swaths of sand and dramatic rock formations along the north west coast of Scotland make the perfect place to embrace the elements. Come equipped with the right attire and attitude; Even in summer it can get strong winds. Four miles from the nearest parking lot, Sandwood Bay is a feast for the eyes with a dramatic stack of lakes, a freshwater lake, a saltwater lagoon, and a mile of white sand • Double rooms at the Ben Loyal Hotel from £ 105 B&B; Glamping pods for £ 2 B&B 120; Cottage for £ 6,800 a week, benloyalcouk

This secluded pebble beach is at the mouth of the Santon River, which has carved its way through the rock to create this protected space.It is a haven for sea birds and native plants, and an area of ​​particular scientific interest, thanks in part to its relic- Oak Groves Further up the gorge is a deep lagoon at high tide that can be accessed by kayak. Walk the coastal path a few miles from the nearest car park near the Ronaldsway Airport runway. • Roy Cottage accommodates 2 people and costs £ 590 per week in May / June or £ 700 Aug / Sept, Roycottageim

There are a multitude of beautiful beaches on the Moray Coast Trail, and Cove Bay is one of my favorites.While most vacationers head to the more accessible seaside resort of Lossiemouth, walkers and cyclists can enjoy the peace and quiet of this sheltered spot east of Hopeman which is full of character Sand and gravel cove offers rock pools and caves, as well as a good chance of spotting the curve of a bottlenose dolphin rising from the waves like me.The Moray Firth has a resident pod of 190 of these large creatures, and sightings close to the coast are both common and common Exciting • A two-person car at West Beach Caravan Park costs from £ 60 per night, a “Huttie” costs £ 40 at the West Beach Caravan Park Couk

This sheltered cove near Howick is so hidden that it was allegedly used by whiskey smugglers to store their loot.It is within walking distance by following the coastal path from Sugar Sands or parking at a rest area just behind the village ( left at T-junction signposted Craster) and walk on a gravel road for about 10 minutes before climbing over rocks It’s a great place for a coastal adventure especially when the tide is out and rock pools deep enough for swimming The Rumbling Core itself – a hole in the sheer cliffs that separate the sea from the beach – however creates a pool that is not safe to swim in at high tide • The Bothy in Almouth sleeps 2 from £ 550 per week in Northumbria Cottages Couk

Bryher is the smallest inhabited island in the Scillies Archipelago, 45 km off the coast of Cornwall. With only a few buildings in its rugged terrain and a limited number of sea taxis to service the island, the beaches never get crowded in Rushy Bay with its sapphire sea and soft white sand looks like the Caribbean – although the water is obviously much colder Since my first visit as a child little has changed and I thought I had discovered paradise • Camping at Bryher Campsite from £ 1175pp per night (free under 4), bell tents from £ 53 per night (minimum three nights), Bryhercampsitecouk

The steep descent to this National Trust beach on the wild Exmoor coast puts many visitors off, especially those with young children, but there’s a reward down below. Though the bay has none of the merits of a modern seaside resort, one developer had it Hoping to make it an attraction in Victorian times, began building a pier and swimming pool, the remains of which make this an idyllic spot for wild swimming • The lodge at Woody Bay Cottage sleeps two Very limited availability, from £ 976 a week in July / August and £ 593 in September, Marsdenscouk

It’s easy to stay socially aloof when you are 1Have 377 acres of sand dunes, salt marshes, and marshland to get lost in. This vast national nature reserve, managed by Natural England and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, is home to smooth newts, natterjack toads, and bee orchids unlike nearby Donna Nook which often inundated by visitors wanting to see the pups, this vast, unspoilt area doesn’t even get crowded in midsummer • Double rooms at Saltfleet Manor House from £ 85 B&B (two nights minimum) Saltfleetmanorhousecouk

While Cornwall is the UK’s most popular county for tourists, it still has so many beautiful beaches that it is possible to find some quiet ones even in the middle of summer. Secluded Lantic Bay, a few miles east of Fowey, is for its clear waters and the soft sand known and only accessible by boat or a steep walkway There is parking in the National Trust car park but be prepared for a 30 minute walk from the cliff and a longer walk from the cliff Check the tides, as the bay’s two beaches are separated at high tide • Double rooms at the Galleon Inn, Fowey, from £ 105 B&B in May / June or £ 115 in July / August, Galleon-Inncouk

It’s hard to find secluded beaches that are kid-friendly, but this tiny island has just that. A short boat ride from Guernsey, the white, sandy shores of Herm are never crowded, and even in summer, probably none other There are rocky outcrops at Oyster Point to protect the bay from the wind, but there is a strong current here so caution should be exercised when swimming. Out of season, enjoy Shell Beach, which has a beach café and quiet coves to keep to yourself • Stay in an equipped 8 person tent at Seagull campsite for £ 65 a night (£ 100 in high season) Cottages are also availablecom

A lack of parking, toilets, cafes, lifeguards, and road access mean this pretty beach remains largely undiscovered by tourists.It is only accessible via the coastal path or a forest path from the village of Nanternis and is at the mouth of the gentle Afon (River) Soden This creek meanders through a valley dotted with dog violets, a home for the endangered mother-of-pearl butterfly The creek sometimes forms temporary lagoons in the sand, perfect for paddling • Brynsiloh Cottage, near New Quay, sleeps 6, limited availability, from £ 687 per week in May or £ 556 in September, Sykescottagescouk

A Department of Defense shooting range might not be the first thing you look for when looking for a secluded beach, but those requested for this purpose are often overlooked by tourists. Worbarrow is a stunning azure bay on the Jurassic Coast that Open to the public on most weekends and bank holidays.Access is on foot along the South West Coast Path or, when open, via the “lost village” of Tyneham, which was commanded by the Department of Defense during World War II and never returned to its Residents returning (and worth the day trip is right) check out the activity of the Lulworth Ranges before you set off • Double rooms at Lulworth House B&B from £ 100 a night, lulworthhousebandbcouk

This huge arch of golden sand faces the Atlantic Ocean, where you can spot porpoises or the odd surfer playing in the waves, or cows on the beach. Experienced hikers can visit Ceapabhal – the westernmost peak of Harris, which ends at the end of the beach – climb to the top and take in the breathtaking views. Although some people have difficulty accessing the beach, there are several routes from the A859, one of which is right by Scarista House • La’al Bothy sleeps 6 in Bunks and one bedroom, £ 795 in September (when next available), Laalbothycouk

Just a few miles north of popular Southwold and yet worlds apart, Covehithe is only accessible on foot or by bike and remains peaceful even when the neighboring resort is on the move with a path located near the church in the village of Covehithe Follow this through fields and it leads to a long stretch of sand and gravel where you may be lucky enough to spot a seal or two.It is adjacent to an important nature reserve and attracts both bird watchers and fossil hunters looking for geological treasures Discovered by the relentless coastal erosion in this area • Double rooms at the Bell Inn from £ 110 B&B (minimum two nights on the weekend) in Bellinnwalberswickcouk


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