5 of the best off-the-beaten track staycation spots on the south coast

The Great British staycation is set to be another popular choice for travels this year. Is a trip to the south coast on the cards for you? Check out these secluded spots before you head down to the bustling beaches

Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall is simply stunning

Nothing screams British summer holiday better than a seaside stay on the south coast. It was the holiday our parents did as children and our grandparents before them. You can picture the classic scenes – wind breakers, deck chairs and masses of sun seekers with melting ice creams in hand – but it can get a bit chaotic at some of Britain’s best beaches. Popular spots like Brighton, Bournemouth, Newhaven and Bognor Regis can prove to be more like effort rather than well-deserved relaxation.

So if you are looking for something a little less stressful, there are plenty of places to set up camp for a holiday or short break that offer a more peaceful and chilled out stay. Think a little differently about your southern pilgrimage and you could be enjoying lazy days on secluded beaches, with hidden coves and no amenities within easy reach. Perfect.

  1. West Wittering, Sussex

Enjoy the beautiful weather and stunning scenery of the south coast far from the madding crowd. Situated between Portsmouth and Bognor Regis, West Wittering is a much more sedated affair when it comes to enjoying the beach. There are no packed promenades, amusement arcades and raucous young groups; just acres of wetlands and dunes filled with wildlife.

Enjoy views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs from a beautiful white sand, blue flag beach that benefits from high water quality. There are grass areas close to the beach which are perfect for picnics and plenty of interesting areas to explore along the way.

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  1. Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Cornwall is probably hiding many a secluded beach but Kynance Cove, situated to the west of National Trust hotspot, Lizard Point, is pretty remarkable. Looking as picture-perfect as a Thailand paradise, you’ll find turquoise water, unique rock faces and unbelievable views.

With miles of pathways and bridalways around the cove, unusual places to stay and some of Cornwall’s must-see destinations in close proximity, a trip here can be as adventurous as you’d like. Add a backdrop of 200 foot cliffs and views across the Atlantic and you can see why Kynance Cove is truly a hidden gem of the British coast.

The Cliffs at Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast

  1. Jurassic Coast, Dorset

The Jurassic Coast runs 95 miles from East Devon to Dorset and is a timeline of land’s evolution, showcasing rocks and fossils that map out the Earth’s past. But it’s not all science and data, it’s a fascinating place to visit when you have a more relaxing day in mind.

Man o’ War Beach, in particular, is a beautiful setting that seems to attract less sun worshippers to its shores than other more popular sites nearby. This could be down to its accessibility – which is by a long footpath or steep steps – meaning many will opt for an easier coastal option nearby. But with shallow water making it a lovely and safe spot to swim, and the mix of sand and soft pebbles on the beach, once you do make it down to the shore it would be easy to rest here for the whole day.

     4. Speke’s Mill Mouth, North Devon 

A firm favourite among surfers and cliff climbers, Speke’s Mill Mouth has managed to keep its secrets for some time. Beautiful cliffs surround stunning views with rock pools and pockets of shallow water at ground level. A fascinating place to see and explore with an equally wonderful waterfall adding to its tranquility.

A long curving beach maps out the coast with little sand but it’s one place you’ll enjoy time and time again. A great place to seek adventure with the family and marvel at the beauty of the natural landscape. The waterfall is a sight to behold and definitely worth the trip itself.

    5. Nanjizal Bay, Penwith, west Cornwall 

Literally nestled at the foot of Britain, on Cornwall’s most western point, is Nanjizal Bay. Said to be one of the finest and most secluded spots on the south coast. There are no facilities to speak of, or parking for that matter, and to access this little pocket of beauty you have to walk from one of the nearby landmarks – Porthgwarra, Lands End or Sennen Cove. It takes about 30 minutes from Porthgwarra with steep steps at the end but the scenery and white sandy beaches are worth the effort.

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