England’s best secret beaches to enjoy the warmer weather in peace

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of stumbling across a secluded beach – especially during a summer heatwave when you know most of Britain’s sandy beaches will be crowded with day trippers. Whether you’re lounging book in hand between elegant swims in the sea or gathering for a proper picnic with friends and family, knowing you won’t have to compete with the hordes for a spot on the sand is truly satisfying.

For those hoping to celebrate this glorious weather with a trip to the seaside, here are a dozen of England’s least crowded sandy beaches.

England’s best secret beaches for summer 2022


1. Nanjizal, Land’s End, West Cornwall

This is the real Land’s End, a world away from the clifftop theme park. Gaping sandstone caves look as if they once housed slumbering dragons, and low tide reveals a white-sand beach that changes shape depending on the winter storm. The “Song of the Sea” rock arch is home to an emerald plunge pool that invites you to swim straight to the sea on the other side. Head south to find more coves at St Levan, Pedn Vounder and Porthgwarra.

How to find it: Two miles between Land’s End and Porthgwarra on the SW Coast Path.

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2. Porthbeor Beach, St Anthony, South Cornwall

Adorned with tropical gardens and secret churches, the Roseland Peninsula is a place lost in time. There are good beaches at Great Molunan, near the lighthouse, and Towan, but this is the best known and the least known, which can be reached via a half-hour hike along the coastal path from the latter. Long, wild and sandy, with fantastic rock pools, you’ll find a super secret cove to the north, accessible at low tide. This is the kind of place Crusoe would have felt at home.

How to find it: Park at the National Trust’s Porth Farm Car Park. Porthbeor can be reached via a half hour walk south along the coastal path.

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