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Published on July 25th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

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Britain’s Best Kept Seaside Secrets

As the summer holidays are now in full swing, do you long to get away from the crowds? With many of us choosing a “Staycation” this year, where can you find those hidden seaside gems?

In a recent study by hotel company Travelodge, 67% of UK city-dwellers plan to holiday in Great Britain this summer. Around one fifth of those surveyed said they wanted to holiday in the UK to support the British economy and because with poor exchange rates, holidays abroad are too costly.

Favourite seaside locations highlighted by the survey are Blackpool, Cornwall and Jersey.  Blackpool Pleasure Beach welcomes over 13 million visitors a year and is one of the Seaside Architecture landmarks celebrated in the Piers, Proms and Pavilions Stamp Cover.

Piers, Proms and Pavilions Stamp Cover

Also, featured in this stamp cover are:

  • Eastbourne Bandstand
  • Tinside Lido
  • Bangor Pier
  • Southwold Lighthouse
  • Bexhill on Sea Shelter

Whilst these destinations can become overcrowded during the summer months, there are still some seaside secrets for you to discover.

Top 5 British Seaside Secrets

East Soar, Devon

East Soar, Devon

An area of secluded beaches, coves and breath-taking cliffs, no wonder it is a National Trust site. In particular, Hope Cove is well worth exploring, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Fans of coastal walks will love exploring this rugged landscape and telling tales of lost ships from centuries ago.

Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis

On a sunny day, you would easily mistake the white beaches and turquoise sea as a Caribbean paradise. The tides of five metres wash away any trace of footprints twice a day to leave a pristine beach to enjoy.

Uig Bay is one of only forty locations in Scotland that is a designated National Scenic Area. Back in 1831, the Uig Chessmen were found in the sandbanks, some of the most important Norse artefact finds. They are now in the National Museum of Edinburgh and the British Museum, London.

Mwnt Beach, Cardigan Bay

Mwnt Beach, Cardigan Bay

Enjoy spectacular views and incredible wildlife in this wonderful Welsh seaside spot with a delightful hidden cove. On a clear day, climb Foel y Mwnt to view the Snowdonia mountains way in the distance. Situated on the Ceredigion coast, you can go dolphin spotting as you take a walk on theWales Coastal Path.

Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland

Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland

One of the locations used during the filming of Game of Thrones, this bay is situated along the Causeway Coastal Route. Views out to sea take in Rathlin Island and, on a clear day, you can make out the Scottish Islands in the North Channel.

The Murlough Nature Reserve ensures the whole family will enjoy a holiday in this stunning part of the country.

Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight

Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight

 With 57 miles of coastline to explore on the island, it is always a pleasure to find an unspoilt spot. Hidden at the foot of the Ventnor Undercliff, Steephill Cove is only accessible by foot.

Quaint coloured beach huts line the beach and children will love exploring the rockpools and swimming in the sea.

Summer Holiday Travel Essentials

Here at the Post Office Shop we know that getting ready for the family summer getaway can be a stressful business. That is why we have put together a great range of Travel Essentials for you to enjoy.

If you are looking for some inspiration on what to take on your journey, check out our previous article Top 10 Travel Essentials.

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