Hidden UK beaches for a summer road trip

Aerial view of a beach

Staycations show no signs of waning in popularity, with a third of Brits saying they’ll holiday in the UK this year.

If you have access to a caravan or motorhome, then a summer road trip can be a lot of fun, with the beach likely to be high on your list of places to include in the itinerary.

While many of the UK’s beaches will be crowded when the sun’s shining, LeaseCar.co.uk has put together a selection of locations where you and the family might be able to enjoy a peaceful escape.

Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk said: “For those planning to stay in the country this summer, there are plenty of stunning hidden beaches around the UK that can tick all the boxes when it comes to peace and relaxation.

“Just a short drive away from the more busy tourist spots lie several secret beaches offering picturesque views of sparkling sea waters and majestic coastlines.” 

Lantic Bay, Cornwall

Despite being located on a well-known area of Cornwall’s coast between Fowey and Polperro, Lantic Bay is a much quieter destination.

That’s mainly due to the fact it takes some effort to navigate the steep descent down to the bay, putting off many visitors.

Those who do tackle the route are rewarded with a white sandy beach and clean blue water that could rival many international locations.

North Landon, Yorkshire

If you have children, you’ll know that a relaxing day at the beach can be greatly enhanced with fascinating features for the kids to explore.

At North Landon in Yorkshire, there’s not only rock pools full of sealife to identify but also a series of caves and rock formations to spark the imagination.

Between March and July, puffins can be seen nesting in the cliffs that line the beach.

Hackley Bay, Aberdeenshire

While Scotland draws large numbers of caravanners and motorhomers to its NC500 route every year, there are still parts of the country where visitors can escape the crowds.

Located between Newburgh and Collieston in Aberdeenshire, Hackley Bay is one of the most hidden beaches in the northeast of Scotland.

The combination of sand dunes and dune heathland means it’s home to a huge variety of wildlife.

Monk Haven Beach, Pembrokeshire

If you’re walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path as part of your touring trip, then planning a rest day at Monk Haven Beach could be the perfect opportunity to give your legs a break.

This sand and pebble beach is sheltered by the red sandstone headlands, yet still manages to offer spectacular views.

There are a number of interesting manmade features to spot too, including a 19th-century crenellated wall and the remains of a watchtower.

White Park Bay, County Antrim

Venture off the Wild Atlantic Way touring route to discover Northern Ireland’s White Park Bay, which boasts a huge arc of white sand.

Despite its vast size, this beach rarely attracts a large number of visitors due to its secluded location beyond the sand dunes.

In the summer months, the walk to the beach is surrounded by wildflowers, adding to the overall feeling of having found something truly magical.




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