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Hidden beaches and secret coves: explore the quieter side of the South West

Posted by Josh Wildeman on Jan 29, 2021

Five little-known hideaways to discover on your next trip


There’s nothing better than heading off the beaten track, getting away from the crowds and exploring a secluded slice of the South West. Whether it’s a hidden cove that can only be reached by boat or a beach that requires a hike down a steep coastal path, the pristine sand and turquoise water at the end will certainly make it worthwhile. 

Although we can't travel right now, we want to inspire your future escapes to our corner of the world. We’ve selected our favourite unspoilt beaches and secret coves for you to explore later this year.

Bosahan Cove - Helford Estuary

Perched along the banks of the Helford River and backed by ancient woodland, Bosahan Cove is a secret paradise in Cornwall with soft white sand and crystal clear water. This quiet spot is best accessed by water so why not hire a kayak, pack a picnic and paddle along to this secret cove for a luxury lunch with a difference. 

How to find it: Best discovered by water, we suggest hiring kayaks and paddling along the Helford River to reach this hidden gem | View on map

Where to stay: Compass Point in Coverack

Housel Bay - Lizard

Nestled at the bottom of craggy cliffs, just around the corner from the famous Lizard Point, you’ll find the pristine Housel Bay Beach. Reached via steep cliff-side steps, this stunning cove has a small stretch of lovely sandy beach and crystal clear water. Pop a bottle of something cold in your bag and watch the sun go down in this unspoilt spot. 

How to find it: Meander along the coast path from Lizard point for about 15 minutes and you'll soon spot this lovely bay | View on map

Where to stay: Compass Point in Coverack

Nanjizal Cove - Lands End

A remote gem, nestled just beyond Lands End, this remote beach is well worth the long walk. You won’t find a large car park or tourist-packed cafe, but you can expect lush white sand and enchanting rock pools. Famed for the Song of the Sea, a tall, natural arch, we highly recommend heading down at low tide to explore the hidden caves and beautiful rock formations.

How to find it: Park at Lands End car park and walk along the coast path for about a mile to reach this beautiful cove | View on map

Where to stay: Blue Elvin in Newlyn or Gwel an Treth in Sennen Cove

Moor Sands Beach - East Prawle

Set just beyond Prawle Point, between Dartmouth and Salcombe, Moor Sands is a beautiful pebble beach with panoramic views along the Devon coastline. A remote spot that’s perfect if you enjoy wild swimming, grab your snorkel and explore the nearby caves and crannies along the water’s edge. Perch on a rock and take in the peacefulness of the idyllic surroundings, if you’re lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of seals bobbing on the water or buzzards circling overhead.

How to find it: Park at Prawle Point and take the one hour walk along the coast path to discover this beautiful beach | View on map

Where to stay: Phoenix House in Dartmouth or Waterside in Salcombe

The Strangles Beach - Near Tintagel

This unusually named piece of paradise is a great alternative to some of the busier North Cornwall beaches. Known for its high cliffs and jagged rocks, the walk down from the coast path isn’t for everyone but the quiet beach and clear water certainly make up for it. A haven away from it all, this beach is the perfect spot to take a blanket, your favourite book and settle down for a quiet day by the sea. 

How to find it: Park at the small lay-by car park along the road from Crackington Haven, then take a 20-30 minute walk down the path opposite towards the beach | View on map

Where to stay: Seagrass or Waders in Polzeath

Image credits: Bosahan Cove images | Housel Bay images from Andrew and Kernowfile | Nanjizal Cove images from Wikimedia and Jomega | Moor Sands Beach image from Wikimedia. All other images are our own or from Pexels and Unsplash.

Posted by Josh Wildeman

Often seen with a paintbrush in hand, Josh is always on the lookout for interior inspiration for his new home. A lover of coffee and cake, his spare time is spent discovering Cornwall's best cafés, with mad dog Marty by his side.

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