What ruins a lovely family day at the beach? Other people of course! Luckily, the UK has some truly gorgeous hidden beaches up its sleeve, perfect for you and the kids to enjoy a tourist-free day in the sunshine.

15/15 Broad Sands Beach, Devon


This double cove on Devon’s wild north coast is nestled in wooded cliffs. Known as one of Exmouth’s best swimming spots, the bay also has secret caves to explore and the beaches are sheltered from the wind. Older kids will love exploring the island lookout; just be aware that Broad Sands is a ‘wild’ beach with no lifeguards.

This is one to escape to if you’re feeling adventurous with a hamper full of sandwiches and a flask of tea; there is no cafe and the pathway down to the sand is 200 steep stairs.

Image: Daniel Start