Secret beaches

View from Stackpole Head, Pembrokeshire, looking towards Barafundle Bay beach
Stackpole Head, Pembrokeshire National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

We look after more than 775 miles of coastline, including lots of smaller beaches. These hidden spots are off the tourist trail, and cherished secrets of the local residents. If you're looking for looking for a beach away from the crowds, why not visit one of these secret and secluded beaches?

Mwnt beach, Cardigan Bay, Wales

Stretch your legs on a walk up to the 15th-century clifftop church or pack your binoculars for a spot of porpoise-watching.

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

This is a jewel of a beach set between limestone cliffs, backed by dunes and woods. The secluded bay can only be reached by a cliff path walk from Stackpole Quay, with steep steps at either end.

Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Few people know about this small beach and its award-winning seafood cafe on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

Salcombe, South Devon

This area has loads of secluded beaches, including Sunny Cove, Ayrmers Cove, Starehole Bay, Soar Mill Cove and Scabbacombe and Man Sands.

Of course there are hundreds more, and you may have discovered your own quiet spot.

Looking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at Stackpole.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path at Stackpole National Trust Images / John Millar


Discover Stackpole’s beautiful stretch of coastline for yourself. With award-winning sandy beaches, tranquil wooded valleys, wildlife-rich lily ponds, walking trails and watersports, there’s lots to see and do.

Looking west from Burton Bradstock along the coast with its distinctive golden cliffs and a foaming tide
The distinctive golden cliffs at Burton appear to glow in the sunshine National Trust Images

Visit Burton Bradstock

Spectacular coastline with cliffs and miles of unspoilt beaches

Countryside Ranger Emma looking out from Snapes Point
Countryside Ranger Emma looking out from Snapes Point Phil Hemsley / National Trust

Visit Salcombe to Hope Cove

A coastline of dramatic cliffs, open farmland and sandy coves