UK’s seaside towns boast beautiful scenery and they’re ready to welcome back the public. These areas have suffered substantially throughout the past year, and with so much uncertainty around international travel, an influx of people wanting to ‘staycation’ in these towns is sure to bring a necessary boost to the towns’ economy.
The domestic travel industry is beginning to feel positive about the months ahead. Tony Clish, UK Director for Park Holidays echoes these feelings: “It’s great to see the growing interest in domestic travel and that so many are making plans to visit more of the UK in to 2021. Hopefully, the increase in those making domestic holiday bookings over the coming months will enable people to explore new locations on home soil.”
However, with more people choosing to ‘staycation’ will likely result in overcrowding of popular seaside spots. If you prefer peace and quiet, we’re here to help! Here’s a selection of some of the quietest and most secluded beaches in the UK:
Man O’War Beach, Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Also known as Durdle Door East, this beach has an array of beautiful rock formations and is a welcome respite from better known and accessible spots. It’s an award winning beach, great for swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing and best of all it’s pet-friendly.
Oxwich, Gower Peninsula, Wales
Backed by a picture-perfect mix of salt marshes, sand dunes and woodlands, the two-mile long bay at Oxwich. In contrast to its neighbours, Oxwich is gentler and has safe shallow waters. Although it can get a little busy during the holidays, heading east will guarantee more space in the sand.
Kingsgate Bay, Isle of Thanet, Kent
Sitting between more famous neighbours Margate and Broadstairs is Kingsgate Bay in Thanet. Although public toilets are a 15 minute away, this beach offers perfect calm and seclusion. It’s the ideal location for a walk, a picnic or a swim in the shallow, sheltered sea.
White Park Bay, Northern Ireland
The rocky Giant’s Causeway attracts plenty of tourists a year, but most don’t know about White Park Bay. This is a great spot to evade the crowds, boasting a three-mile stretch of beautiful white sand, packed with fossils and wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might even spot dolphins!
Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight
This beach is not vehicle accessible, which can be a deterrent to some but an opportunity for those who don’t mind a little walk to enjoy a quieter spot. To get to Steephill Cove, park at Ventnor’s Botanic Gardens and walk down a narrow path to reach the sandy bay. Instead of crowds you’ll find a charming bay with a Mediterranean feel (delicious seafood included)! Totally worth the effort.