'Secret Beaches' are those which you won't normally find in the official guides, usually because they're remote or, sometimes difficult to reach. If you really want to find your own beach on a hot day, you need to head for north Pembrokeshire, the northern coast of the Llyn Peninsula or the northern half of Anglesey. Below are some of the best Secret Beaches that Wales and Somerset have to offer :
Selworthy Sand - West Somerset
This is a very difficult beach to get to, involving either a descent down a steep slope of scree and boulder clay, or a scramble through an opening at the top of a cave.
Temple Bay - Glamorgan
A short walk east along the coastal path from Southerndown will take you to a much quieter bay. Access is down a steep path with steps. Visit page
Blue Pool Bay - West Gower
A small beach with sand at low tide, whose main attraction is a large circular rock pool deep enough to jump into from the rocks above. Access is a down a steep path and rocks at the back of the beach.
Bullslaughter Bay - South Pembrokeshire
This beach is in the MoD's Castlemartin range, and access times are limited.
Longoar Bay - South Pembrokeshire
A little-known beach on the north side of the Milford Haven waterway with sand at low tide, backed by low sandstone cliffs.
Pwllcrochan Bay - North Pembrokeshire
A remote sandy bay, about a mile's walk from Abermawr beach. Part of the path down is lost to erosion, so access now involves a short, but easy climb.
Pwll Gwylog - North Pembrokeshire
A beach that very few people know about, with a foreshore of thin rounded slate pebbles. A good place for peace and quiet. Visit page
Aber Rhigian - North Pembrokeshire
A very secluded cove, ideal for swimming. The footpath from the A478 leads through a wooded area following a lively stream down to the beach. Visit page
Traeth Gwrddon - Ceredigion
A tiny cove which the coastal path misses as it passes along the side of the steep valley. Visit page
Traeth y Coubal - Ceredigion
A small beach south of New Quay. Very quiet and peaceful. Visit page
Carreg Wen - Llyn Peninsula
A small, sheltered cove just a short walk from Borth-y-Gest or Black Rock Sands. Visit page
Porth Ysgo - Llyn Peninsula
A tiny cove at the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. Remnants of manganese mines nearby with some adits accessible. Visit page
Porth Lyfesig - Llyn Peninsula
One of many small coves on the northern Llyn Peninsula. Access is down steep banks. Visit page
Llanddwyn Island - Anglesey
Porth y Clochydd (above) is one of several beaches on Llanddwyn Island, about a mile's walk from Newborough Beach. Visit page
Porth Ruffydd - Anglesey
A narrow cove on Holy Island, Anglesey. Car park about 400 yards away. Visit page
Porth y Nant - Anglesey
They don't come much more secret than this one. Very remote and secluded! Visit page
Porthygwychiaid - Anglesey
A remote beach on Anglesey's east coast. A long walk from the nearest lane. Visit page
Traeth yr Ora - Anglesey
A wide sheltered sandy beach, about a mile's walk from the car parks at Traeth Lligwy. Visit page