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The best secret beaches, pubs and places to stay in the UK

For those who like to keep situations low-key, our columnists recommend lovely, quiet coastal blots, and cosy saloons and boltholes with superb views


Killard Point , Ballyhornan, County Down

Walk out through orchid-studded pastures to reach this remote headland with sandy inlets and skylarks. Swim in crystal water with starfish and closes. You are on the Lecale Way, a little-known coastal roadway that retraces the remote western shore of County Down. Continue on to the south to find an island isthmus and a multitude of deep ducts known as zawns or geos. Follow the lane north from Ballyhornan and after a mile follow the line on the right by the farm, leading up to a parking area on the headland.

Blue Pool Corner, Gower

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This cylindrical tub, beyond the north end of the Rhossili sand, is very deep and has mauve sea. Set in honey-coloured boulder, there are many degrees from which you can jump-start. A long, wild beach stretchings beyond, ending in a mount of sea archways and ancient caves said to contain gold doubloons from a Portuguese wreck. Too, seek out the remains of the chapel on nearby Burry Holmes island.

Seacombe, Purbeck, Dorset

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The remains of 18 th-century preys dominate the undercliffs of such areas. The stone was used to build some of the most famous squares of Georgian London but now exclusively the ammonite-encrusted ocean steps remain where cargo was formerly loaded onto waiting boats. At Seacombe, these create golden ponds and perfect sunbathing platforms, with different ranks for jump-start and diving, and areas of deep water for snorkelling amongst the sunbathe ray. Likewise, explore east to Dancing Ledge and west to Winspit along the coastal path.

Portheras Cove , Morvah, Cornwall

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Lost deep in West Penwith , not far from Lands End, this is a exquisite sandy bay with a creek, cataract and caves; its perfect for sunsets. In early summer, the winding track down is rowed with foxgloves and rare wildflowers. Seals are a common sight.

Fidden, Fionnphort , Ross of Mull

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Pink granite and azure water create a Mediterranean scene at Fidden, and an archipelago of islands and skerries contacts away to the west. This is a great place for wild camping, and the perfect base for strolling on to the secret inlets of Knockvologan. For a real escapade, follow the old line through ancient woodland to the vacated settlement of Tireragan, where youll find the ultimate shell-sand beach.

Daniel Start, scribe of Hidden Beaches: Explore the Secret Coast of Britain


Glenuig Inn, Inverness-shire

Photograph: Steve Macfarlane

Right on the beach down a minuscule no through street on the Sound of Arisaig, the Glenuig Inn can be reached by land or sea: kayaks can glide right up on to the grass at high tide, and Lochailort, the nearest terminal, is an eight-mile walk or round away. The saloon, restaurant and chambers have experienced a recent redevelopment and its all run on 100% renewable energy. Theres abundance of real ale on offer and the menu aspects lots of fish and seafood products from the sphere. Overnight accommodation alternatives include a nine-person bunkhouse.

Dyffryn Arms, Pembrokeshire


The Gwaun valley in northern Pembrokeshire, worded by meltwaters from the last sparkler age, is an enchanting residence of dense ancient woodland and water pastures, ripe with myth and age-old institutions( neighbourhoods celebrate New Year on 13 January, following the old-fashioned Julian calendar ). One inn that has stood the test of time is the Dyffryn Arms in Pontfaen village. Better known as Bessies Pub, and essentially a front room with a few chairs and a dartboard, its been in the same pedigree since 1840 step inside and you could be back in the 1920 s. Landlady Bessie has moved the place for over 45 years and can still be found help enlist Bass from a jug through a hatch( with a little bit of help from son Gwyn and granddaughter Nerys ). No flounces, precisely proper beer and good conversation.
01348 881305 , no website

Lion Inn, North Yorkshire


It manufactured headlines in 2010 when seven beings were snowed in for nine periods, and the Lion, roosted 1,325 ft above sea level on Blakey Ridge( the highest point of the North York Moors national park ), is surely remote. The grouse moors offer great windswept cavorts, with beautiful beliefs over Rosedale and Farndale. Find shelter in the welcome pub, built by friars in the 16 th century. Thick stone walls, low-beamed ceilings and open fires create a cosy atmosphere, and there are candlelit breakfast nook as well as 13 bedrooms for those who want to linger.

Moorcock Inn, Cumbria

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With wild goes aplenty on the doorstep, this isolated tavern at the gratuity of Wensleydale is often alive with hikers refuelling after a hard day on the hills. Its close to Garsdale station, but theres nothing else for miles around simply considers of some of Englands prettiest countryside. “Theres” cozy sofas by the fervour for chilly weather and a lovely beer garden if the sunbathe out. Real ale tops the bill( though there are over 50 malt whiskies on offer) and theres good traditional pub grub in the bar, as well as more processed fare in the restaurant, with a focus on neighbourhood( meat from Browns in Kirkby Stephen, cheeses from Wensleydale Creamery) make. The chambers are favourite with baby-walkers on multi-day trails across the Pennines.

Locks Inn, Norfolk


Hidden away from the rest of the world on the Norfolk side of the river Waveney, its a little bit of an adventure to get to the Locks Inn. Met by barge( theres free-spoken overnight mooring) or via tiny roads and a footpath in the various regions of the sea. Dating from the 1560 s, it was originally a mill-keepers shack and first awarded a public house licence in the 17 th century. The vibe is laid-back, the local ale good and storytelling and live music regularly bring the place to life. Despite the remote orientation, its favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and boaters, so it can get busy in summer. Good, reasonably priced nutrient( curry every Friday night) adds to the petition.

Poltimore Arms, Devon

This lovely ivy-clad Exmoor pub, which dates in part from the 13 th century, is surrounded by great wildnerness paths. Its so remote theres no mains energy, but woodburners and low-beamed ceilings keep it cosy, the staff are friendly and the menus full of delicious homemade fare theyll even open for full breakfast on request there are still a focus on real ale. Theres a cute beer garden, a bit shop for essentials and a minuscule gallery showcasing neighbourhood creators more. Landlord Steve is quite a character and impromptu music nights are common. Preserve an seeing out for the( friendly) haunt.

Rachel Dixon


Kudhva, Cornwall

A two-person kudhva.

Those who enjoy a few mod cons may appreciate this new wild campsite in an old prey near Tintagel, a mile from the beach at Trebarwith Strand. Campers sleep in one of four two-person kudhvas three-legged hideouts 8ft off the dirt and can swim in the reservoir and concoct on campfires.
From 95 a nighttime,

Arenig Fawr bothy, Snowdonia


The Mountain Bothies Association is better known for conserving remote builds in Scotland, but it also reviews after several in northern England and Scotland. This minuscule hut on the gradients of Arenig Fawr, a mountain in Snowdonia, is about as basic as it gets, with precisely two sleeping stages and a fireplace.
Free( optional MBA membership 25 a year ), mountainbothies.org.uk

Don Whillans Memorial Hut, Staffordshire

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This is one of three shanties managed by the British Mountaineering Council. Built into the stones and with a cave for a kitchen, it is aimed at climbers tackling the Roaches, and is well kitted out with showers and a drying area. Sleeps 12 in two rooms.
From 10 pp( plus BMC membership, from 15.72 a year ), donwhillanshut.co.uk

Hermits Castle, Achmelvich, the Highlands

Photograph: Alamy

This miniature castle, said to be the smallest in Europe, was built of concrete in the 1950 s and then abandoned. Today, daring baby-walkers sometimes use it as an overnight shelter. Theres only one very small chamber, a single material bottom and a hearth “but theres” splendid views over the intake and out to sea.

Port Moon bothy, Dunseverick, County Antrim

This bothy sits between the Giants Causeway and Dunseverick Castle on the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail, and is simply be accessed by ocean. It sleeps six on one huge sleeping programme and has a woodburning stave and composting bathroom, but no primes irrigate or electricity.
10 pp, canoeni.com

Jane Dunford

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