Caribbean? Maldives? No, it's Britain: These beautiful turquoise
waters and idyllic coastlines might look like a tropical paradise but
they are in fact the UK's hidden beaches
Incredible images show the beauty of the UK's hard-to-reach and secluded coastlines
Some of the unspoiled beaches can only be reached by water, or at low tide
Writer Daniel Start has spent a decade researching the spots and has written a book about them
their stunning white sands and crystal clear turquoise waters you could
be forgiven for thinking these beaches are on an idyllic tropical
But amazingly each of these incredible seaside landscapes is in Britain - and they're among the country's best kept secrets.
hidden locations of 400 hard-to-find and hard-to-reach beaches have
been revealed in a new book by travel writer Daniel Start.
has spent 10 years researching stretches of unspoiled sand along
Britain's rugged coastline, which at 20,000 miles including its islands
is among the longest in the world.
Azure beauty: A new book chronicles the
hard-to-reach and awe-inspiring remote beaches throughout the UK.
Pictured is Broad Sands on the Exmoor coast.
The UK, amazingly: A swimmer at a cove near Knockvologan on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland
Stunning: A beach at Crackington Haven, a coastal village in Cornwall, located at the head of a cove on the Atlantic coast
His book, called Hidden Beaches, lifts the lid on beautiful bays and tranquil hideaways from every corner of the country.
of the beaches are just off the tourist trail while others, such as
Sandy Bay near Tenby, Wales, can only be accessed by water.
on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, is so idyllic that Thai
tourism officials once mistakenly used a picture of the beach in one of
their holiday brochures.
Cove on the Lizard, Cornwall, can only be accessed at low tide but
those who make the effort are rewarded with a scene on a par with the
The turquoise water gets its colouring from green minerals from the rugged rocks that surround the sandy cove.
Abereiddi Blue Lagoon in Pembrokeshire, formerly a small slate quarry, now flooded by the sea having broken in
Sandy Bay in Pembrokeshire. Sandy Haven is a
secluded bay, near to the oil refineries of Milford Haven, which can be
reached along a single track lane from the village of Herbrandston
Fooled you: With their stunning white sands and
crystal clear turqoise waters you could be forgiven for thinking these
beaches are on an idyllic tropical paradise
The 'wonderful white cove' of Moor Sands at East Prawle in south Devon requires a two mile walk from the nearest car park.
disused quarry at Abereiddi on the north Pembrokeshire coast is now a
little known but incredibly picturesque blue lagoon perfect for swimming
who wish to reach the 'Robinson Crusoe' deserted beach of Sandy Cove
near Tenby must endure a 200 yard swim as it is totally inaccessible by
land, with no route down the cliffs.
tip-off from a friendly local led Daniel, 41, to a little-known plunge
pool in the foot of the cliffs Llangannith on the Gower peninsula.
Further north is one of the most stunning beaches to feature in the book - Traigh Gheal on the Isle of Mull.
rocky cove's white sandy beach and turquoise sea would not look out of
place on the front of a holiday brochure for the Maldives.
Mr Start quit his job at a London council to pursue his dream of writing a guide to Britain's best but least known beaches.
The writer has spent 10 years researching
stretches of unspoilt sand along Britain's rugged coastline, which at
20,000 miles including its islands is among the longest in the world
Scenic: Losgaintir Sands on the island of
Harris, Outer Hebrides. It has widely-regarded as one of the UK's most
Kynance Cove, Lizard, Cornwall. The cove became
popular in the early Victorian era, with many distinguished visitors
including the poet Alfred Tennyson
has visited all of the beaches featured in the book, either alone, with
friends, or with his wife Tanya and three-year-old daughter Rose.
Start, who lives near Bath, Somerset, said: 'I was sat in my office in
London on a hot summer's day a few years ago feeling very frustrated and
longing for the sea.
'I had been toying with the idea of writing a guide book to Britain's best out-of-the-way beaches for a few years.
found there wasn't anything on the market so I decided to do it myself.
I took the summer off work with a view to possibly going back to my job
but I never did.
took me a year to put the book together but really it is the
culmination of 10 years of research - it's a lifetime's passion.
find the beaches I have studied maps and satellite images of the
coastline to find stretches of sand that aren't so well known, then
visited them myself.
'Also, you can't beat a tip-off from a local, especially if they are a surfer, because they often know the best spots.'
Seclusion: A cove near Porth Iago, located on the Llyn Peninsula West Wales. The writer has visited all of the beaches
Blue Pool at Blue Pool Bay, North Gower, located at the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula in Swansea
Mr Start quit his job at a London council to
pursue his dream of writing a guide to Britain's best but least known
beaches. Pictured, Port Gaverne in North Cornwall.
Fancy a dip? Swimmers descend to the enticing waters at Port Gaverne in North Cornwall
Idyllic: Beaumont Quay in the parish of Beaumont-cum-Moze, Tendring, Essex
Chapman's Pool in Dorset. The writer says the only drawback to the beaches is the water can be a little chilly
added: 'Until I started researching this book I hadn't really realised
just how beautiful Britain is. Now I think it is home to the most
beautiful beaches in the world.
book features everything from beaches that are slightly off the beaten
track to some which you can only access by swimming to.
'There is something magical about swimming onto a deserted beach and sitting on the sand feeling like Robinson Crusoe.
I had thought about moving abroad and finding my own little piece of
paradise but putting this book together has made me realise paradise is
here at home.
'The only problem is that the water can be a little chilly!'
Epic landscape: Elender Cove in South Devon
(left) and Kingsgate Bay in Kent (right). Mr Start has previously
written a book about wild swimming
Three Cliffs Bay is a bay on the south coast of
the Gower Peninsula in Swansea, Wales. The bay takes its name from the
three sea cliffs that jut out into the bay
well as a guide to the 400 secluded beaches, the book also recommends
the best beaches for skinny-dipping, the best for sunset views and the
best for 'jumps'.
Hidden Beaches is published by Wild Things Publishing and costs £16.99.
The book is the follow-up to Wild Swimming, his expert guide to lakes and rivers to swim in around the country.