Secret beaches

Sunset at Brancaster Beach in Norfolk

With Britain's beaches becoming more and more popular as holiday destinations, can you really still find a secret beach?

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 secluded beaches?

Visitors at Barafundle Bay, Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

Barafundle Bay, Stackpole, 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.

Soar Mill Cove

East Soar, Devon 

This area has loads of secluded beaches, including Sunny Cove, Ayrmers Cove, Starehole Bay, Soar Mill Cove and Scabbacombe and Man Sands. Have discovered your own quiet spot yet?

Swimmers in the sea at Hive Beach

Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, Dorset 

Known to locals, fewer visitors know about this smaller beach at Burton Bradstock in Dorset. Why not make a stop at its award-winning seafood cafe on Dorset's Jurassic Coast when you visit.

Mwnt beach on the Welsh Coast, National Trust

Mwnt beach, Cardigan Bay, Wales 

You can stretch your legs on a walk up to the 15th-century clifftop church or take to the beach for a refreshing swim. Mwnt has unspoiled views of the Welsh coast. Don't forget to pack your binoculars for a spot of porpoise-watching.