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Secret Beaches Revealed: Unravelling Cornwall and Devon's Hidden Coastal Charms

Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of Cornwall and Devon's hidden beaches. These coastal treasures offer serene seclusion, breath-taking landscapes, and a chance to connect with nature in a tranquil setting. Let's embark on a journey to explore these 10 hidden gems that will leave you awe-inspired and longing for more.

Lantic Bay, Cornwall:

Nestled on Cornwall's south coast, Lantic Bay boasts pristine golden sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Accessible only by foot, this secluded gem rewards intrepid adventurers with spectacular panoramic views, peaceful surroundings, and the feeling of being truly off the beaten path. With nearby National Trust car parks, although a bit of a trek to get down to there is plenty of car parking not too far away from the coastal path.

Porth Chapel Beach, Cornwall:

Located near iconic Land's End, Porth Chapel Beach is a tranquil gem reached via a scenic coastal path. Encircled by towering cliffs and graced with golden sands, it offers a serene escape to revel in Cornwall's natural beauty. For hidden beach gems, tap into our hosts' local expertise. We've curated their top hideouts, unveiling stunning coastal treasures. Embark on a journey to uncover breath-taking, off-the-beaten-path beaches with our expert insights.

Sandymouth Beach, Cornwall:

Tucked away near Bude, Sandymouth Beach is a hidden haven surrounded by dramatic cliffs and rugged coastline. With its vast sandy shores, fascinating rock formations, and rock pools to explore, this beach is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity.

Broadsands Beach, Devon:

Located on the English Riviera, Broadsands Beach offers a tranquil escape from the busier coastal towns. Its secluded cove, framed by lush green cliffs, creates a picturesque backdrop. Take a leisurely stroll along the golden sands or enjoy a refreshing swim in the calm waters.

Porth Joke Beach (aka Polly Joke), Cornwall:

Often overlooked by visitors, Porth Joke Beach, affectionately known as Polly Joke, is a hidden gem near Newquay. This unspoiled beach offers a peaceful retreat, with its rolling dunes, pristine sands, and clear blue waters inviting you to unwind and enjoy the coastal beauty.

Welcombe Mouth Beach,

Tucked away on the North Devon coast, Welcombe Mouth Beach is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Accessed by a winding coastal path, this secluded spot offers dramatic cliffs, fascinating rock formations, and a sense of serenity that will leave you in awe of nature's wonders.

Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall:

Nestled in a secluded valley near Land's End, Porthcurno Beach boasts white sands reminiscent of a tropical paradise. With turquoise waters and breath-taking cliffs, this hidden gem also hosts the world-famous Minack Theatre, an open-air amphitheatre carved into the cliffs overlooking the beach.

Blackpool Sands, Devon:

Escape to the unspoiled beauty of Blackpool Sands, a hidden gem on Devon's South Coast. Enclosed by evergreen cliffs, this horseshoe-shaped bay offers a tranquil retreat with its crystal-clear waters, fine shingle beach, and lush surrounding woodland.

Portholland Beach, Cornwall:

Tucked away on Cornwall's south coast, Portholland Beach is a hidden delight, offering a secluded haven where time seems to stand still. With its charming fishing village atmosphere, rocky outcrops, and idyllic coastal views, this beach is a true escape from the bustling world.

Barricane Beach, Devon:

Nestled between Woolacombe and Mortehoe, Barricane Beach is a secret paradise known for its unique seashells and stunning sunset vistas. This sheltered cove invites visitors to relax on its golden sands and perhaps indulge in a mouth-watering Sri Lankan curry from the renowned beachside café, to really get you in the holiday mood!

There's nothing quite like local knowledge...

So we asked our Hosts for their favourite beaches, and they came up with these recommendations and why they love them so much! 

Daymer Bay, Cornwall:

Rock & North Cornwall Host Jules, found it difficult to choose just one favourite so here she has let you in to two of her favourite beach spots.

Daymer Bay is a fantastic beach that welcomes dogs and offers excellent opportunities for paddle boarding. At low tide, you can enjoy a picturesque walk along the beach to and from Rock. With its beauty, sheltered location, and personal favourite status, Daymer Bay is a must-visit coastal destination.

Watergate Bay, Cornwall:

Known as the venue for Boardmasters, Watergate Bay is a slightly larger beach with a remarkable expanse when the tide recedes. It offers stunning views and a lovely long walk from end to end, perfect for your pooches as it is dog friendly throughout the year. Don't miss out on the delightful café, perfect for enjoying a coffee or lunch amidst the coastal charm.

Elberry Cove, Devon:

Torbay Host Sharon, loves Elberry Cove; it is the perfect spot for swimming, dog walking, and BBQs. Accessible only on foot, she loves enjoying a picturesque walk across the golf course from Broadsands to Brixham via the coastal path, it reveals amazing views of Torbay! This hidden gem was Agatha Christie's favourite bathing spot, adding a touch of mystery to its allure.

Sunny Cove, Devon:

South Hams & East Devon Host Josh, says his favourite beach is Sunny Cove. The perfect destination in Salcombe where the last rays of evening sun cast a golden glow. Located on the East Portlemouth side, this idyllic spot offers an enchanting setting which he loves sharing with friends for BBQs and family gatherings. An amazing place to immerse yourself in the warmth of the sun as you create cherished memories against the backdrop of stunning sunsets.

Discovering Cornwall and Devon's hidden beaches is like uncovering hidden treasures along the mesmerising coastline. From secluded coves to unspoiled sandy shores, these hidden gems offer an escape from the crowds and a chance to embrace the serenity and natural beauty of these coastal regions. So, pack your beach essentials, follow the winding paths, and uncover the hidden wonders that await you at these breath-taking locations.

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