The 10 hidden beach resorts for a British holiday if you still haven’t booked – where you’re less likely to find crowds


A UK holiday may not be looking likely at the moment as campsites sell out and hotels are booked for months.

However, there are still some great beachfront locations to book this year where you don’t have to fight the crowds.

Beach holidays in the UK are seeing a surge in bookings this summer

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Beach holidays in the UK are seeing a surge in bookings this summerCredit: Alamy Live News

Recent weekends have seen surges of people heading to the popular beaches of Bournemouth and Newquay.

Thousands of tourists and second home owners flocked back to Salcombe in recent weeks, and have been slammed for not social distancing at what is dubbed ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’.

Despite this, the UK has hundreds of beaches, many of which are much more secluded.

From campsites to boutique cottages, here are 10 of the best locations where you can book to stay without being near other people.

We've rounded up the best hidden beaches and where you can stay

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We’ve rounded up the best hidden beaches and where you can stay

1. Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex

Cuckmere Haven has views of the Seven Sisters cliffs

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Cuckmere Haven has views of the Seven Sisters cliffsCredit: Getty – Contributor

Cuckmere Haven, a pebble beach near Eastbourne, has great views of the Seven Sisters cliffs and has even been featured in films including Harry Potter and Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.

  • Two nights at beachfront house with Airbnb – £32.50pppn
  • Seven nights at six-bedroom farmhouse with Airbnb – £83pppn

2. Porth Iago, Wales

Port Iago is sheltered and away from everything else

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Port Iago is sheltered and away from everything elseCredit: Alamy

Porth Iago’s sheltered, south-west-facing position and clear blue waters are just the ticket for sunbathers and swimmers, with a campsite and car park on-site.

  • Seven nights at five-bedroom farmhouses with Airbnb – £11.45pppn
  • Overnight camping with Porth Iago Beach & Caravan & Camping (only self-catered motorhomes currently – £15 per night
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3. Porth Joke, Cornwall

Avoid Newquay and go a few miles away to Porth Joke instead

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Avoid Newquay and go a few miles away to Porth Joke insteadCredit: 4Corners Images

Locally known as Polly Joke and just a few miles from Fistral Beach, the sandy cove is deeper than it is wide – at low tide rock pools and caves are revealed.

4. Skrinkle Haven, Wales

Skrinkle Haven is great for walkers who are trekking the Pembrokeshire Coast path

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Skrinkle Haven is great for walkers who are trekking the Pembrokeshire Coast pathCredit: Alamy

Skrinkle Haven, a secret cove with views of the church door tourist attraction, is perfect for walkers along the Pembrokeshire Coast path.

5. Nanjizal, Cornwall

Cornwall isn't short of beaches but Nanjizal is a favourite of animal lovers

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Cornwall isn’t short of beaches but Nanjizal is a favourite of animal loversCredit: Alamy

Popular with birdwatchers, Nanjizal is also home to the ‘Song of the Sea’, an arch where the sea has worn through a tall narrow passageway.

  • Four nights at converted cottage with Airbnb – £40pppn
  • Two nights at beachfront house with Airbnb – £98pppn

6. Bryher, Isle of Scilly

Bryher has secluded beaches all over the island, being the smallest inhabited one

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Bryher has secluded beaches all over the island, being the smallest inhabited oneCredit: Alamy

Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands of the Isles of Scilly, meaning the beaches are often deserted.

  • Seven nights at six-person cottage with Bryher Tourism – from £20pppn
  • Seven nights at six-person chalet with Bryher Holidays – from £21pppn

7. Traeth Mwnt, Wales

Traeth Mwnt is owned by the National Trust

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Traeth Mwnt is owned by the National Trust Credit: Alamy

While the National Trust beach is off the beaten track, the secluded cove is worth trekking down for.

  • Five nights at static caravan with Airbnb – £17pppn
  • Four nights at shepherds hurt with Airbnb – £75ppn
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8. Portholland, Cornwall

Take your pick at Portholland with the two beaches there

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Take your pick at Portholland with the two beaches thereCredit: Alamy

Portholland has two beaches – East and West Portholland, with less than 50 residents.

  • Seven nights at fisherman cottage with Airbnb – £23pppn
  • Two nights at secluded cabin with Airbnb – £50pppn

9. Crackington Haven, Cornwall

Crackington Haven is a steep climb down but has a pub and cafe just steps from the beach

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Crackington Haven is a steep climb down but has a pub and cafe just steps from the beachCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Crackington Haven is easy to get to, with just a jump over the low bridge, with a pub and cafe to stop off in at the end of the day.

  • Seven nights at converted cottage with Airbnb – £14pppn
  • Seven nights at five-bedroom family house with Airbnb – £16pppn

10. Scratby, Norfolk

Scratby beach is near California - which is located in Norfolk

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Scratby beach is near California – which is located in NorfolkCredit: Alamy

The sandy beach is just a few minutes from California cliffs in Norfolk, with an easy surfaced slope to walk down.

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Two nights at fisherman cottage with Airbnb – £47.50pppn

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