Half a world away – remote beaches to visit this summer
With our journey to ‘Freedom Day’ on 21st June on track, the nation is gearing up to getting life back to normal.
While the freedoms that this big day promises mean we can hug our loved ones once again and socialise with friends without limits, for many of us it also represents the start of a very anxious time indeed.
Even the thought of going away for a staycation or day trip can fill many with the post-lockdown anxiety that is now rife in the UK.
The warming weather attracts crowds that trigger anxiety symptoms for most. But this doesn’t mean you have to forgo those trips to the beach.
The UK is full of stunning secret beaches just waiting to be visited this summer. Beat the crowds, fill up that reusable water bottle and ease yourself into post-lockdown life with our rundown of the very best remote beaches.
Coves Haven, Holy Island
Based on its very own island in Northumberland, Coves Haven is a secluded beach that’s quiet, sheltered and charming.
We’ll let Search Northumberland explain more about what you can expect from a visit to Coves Haven:
“The cove is surrounded with high sand dunes and steep cliffs at the eastern coastline which provides protection from the strong winds blowing against the area.
Another distinct view this cove has to offer is that if it is low tide, you can get to view the magnificent pool of rocks that are waiting for you to explore.”
Gammons Head Beach, Devon
With its high cliffs and sandy cove, this small beach is perfectly formed. Gammons Head Beach isn’t the most accessible beach – which is one of the reasons why this stunning spot makes our list. The steep climb down to the shore is only suitable for active individuals but the journey is well worth it!
The beach also completely disappears at high tide, providing an elusive escape that can only be enjoyed during certain periods.
Shepherd’s Chine, Isle of Wight
Located on the southwest coast of the Isle of Wight, Shepherd’s Chine offers impressive view after impressive view, as well as a geology lesson.
The chine that the beach is named after is a river valley that cuts into the sea cliff. The result in this instance is a beautiful beach of sand and shingle, which is a joy to explore come rain or shine.
Despite its close proximity to the iconic town of St Ives – a place that’s often described as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown – Porthbeor beach is a picturesque place to enjoy, even during the busier summer months.
Its lack of access and remoteness make it one of the last beaches most staycation goers visit. Yet, braving the steep path from the cliff top is certainly recommended thanks to the beach’s amazing position on the Roseland Peninsula.
Its rock pools are also a delight at low tide, with their sparkling waters revealing a glimpse of the coast’s tiniest inhabitants.
Whichever British beach you’re heading to in the coming months, be sure to stay hydrated with our guide to drinking water during summer.