From Here To: The UK's Best Hidden Beaches

Want to get out and chill by the sea? If you live in a city, it’s easy to get lost in a concrete jungle and want a quiet space to recharge.

But, it’s important to remember that no matter which urban environment you call home, there are hidden beaches and pockets of beauty you can escape to. Now more than ever we need to take in the sunlight, get fresh air and unwind - meditating in nature for our wellbeing.

At Timbuktu, we’re encouraging everyone to find their hidden beach, maybe seeing your favourite coastline in a new light and, for World Oceans Day, look after it.

For some inspiration, we’ve picked out some of the best hidden beaches close to cities across the UK - now discover yours and learn what you can do to protect it…

Botany Bay, Kent

This stunning stretch of sand and chalk stack cliffs makes for an easy weekend escape with a group of your closest friends or family. Located a few miles to the east of Margate, Botany Bay isn’t too far from London, making it the perfect spot to chill out and break free of the hustle and bustle of the city when the sun is shining. At low tide, you can scramble round to a hidden secret beach on the right.

Nearest Cities: London

What to Wear...

For this beautiful south-east beach, we’d recommend our Men's Classic T-Shirt or Women's Classic T-Shirt, a go-to essential for any wardrobe and perfect for keeping cool. The medium weight 100% cotton jersey fabric makes this ideal beachwear and will fit perfectly under hoodies or jackets for when the sun isn’t shining.

Broad Sands Beach, Devon

This stunning double cove on North Devon’s wild north coast is one of the area’s best swimming spots. Broad Sands is a hidden gem that’s nestled in wooded cliffs, rewarding visitors following the walk and 200 steps down to the beach. The bay also has secret caves to explore with the beaches on this ‘wild’ beach, meaning no lifeguards. If you are feeling adventurous and wanted stunning turquoise waters, this is the beach for you.

Nearest Cities: Exeter, Bristol

What to Wear...

For this stunning location that feels and looks like a tropic haven, we’ll recommend our Classic Logo T-Shirt for keeping cool. An essential in understated style, the beautiful soft fabric is of a medium weight crafted from 100% cotton. In a tailored fit, this will fit perfectly under our full-zip hoodies and fleeces.

Flamborough Beach, Yorkshire

This small, picturesque beach is nestled in a natural cove and is also called North Landing. Flanked by stunning chalk cliffs, the beach is made up of a mix of soft sand and pebbles and is an amazing spot to relax and listen to the many birds that can be found here. Whether you’re hanging out with friends or family, this is a stunning location to unwind and recharge your batteries surrounded by nature.

Nearest Cities: Hull, York

What to Wear...

It’s all about relaxing at the beach and having some versatile clothing, so we’d recommend our Men’s and Women’s Classic Full-Zip Hoodies. Perfect as a lightweight top layer over a T-Shirt, these wardrobe essentials are 100% cotton and incredibly soft with a brushed lining for added warmth.

Mewslade Bay, Rhossili

This is a little-known low tide sandy cove on Fall Bay is completely submerged at high tide. Popular with surfers, and one of the prettiest bays on the Gower Peninsula, Mewslade Bay feels like a private escape, somewhere you can recharge, thanks to the cliffs surrounding it where you can chill out listening to the waves crash against the rocks. Ideal for a small group visit, many of the cliffs are popular climbing locations.

Nearest Cities: Swansea

What to Wear...

For clothing that can be worn any time of the year, and perfect for relaxing in, we’d go for our Men’s and Women’s Classic Sweatshirts. The soft fabric is heavyweight and 100% cotton while a brushed-back inner face adds extra warmth and comfort. Its relaxed fit makes it ideal for smart-casual style and a go-to for your wardrobe.

Embleton Bay, Northumberland

Northumberland is home to many incredible beaches, but Embleton Bay could be the north east’s most spectacular with the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle standing above it. Despite its gorgeous location and dramatic backdrop, Embleton Bay is often deserted making it the perfect place to unwind on your own or hang out with friends and family. This broad beach is ideal for exploring this gorgeous region.

Nearest Cities: Newcastle, Sunderland

What to Wear...

Even though we’re talking about beaches, it can get quite cool in Northumberland, so we’d recommend our Half-Zip Sweatshirt to have on hand for when the temperature dips. The fabric is soft and comfortable, while the height on the neck keeps the cold and wind out or can be open for a relaxed look.

Seacliff Beach, North Berwick

Just a short distance from central Edinburgh, this beautiful beach is hidden under a wooded hillside with some of the finest views around. A stunning location to unwind, either with friends, family or solo, Seacliff features ruins, a small harbour and sandstone cliffs to accompany this gorgeous beach. With this incredible location offering views out to sea and opportunities for exploring, you would never guess you are a short distance from the Scottish capital.

Nearest Cities: Edinburgh

What to Wear...

With Seacliff located where the Firth of Forth meets the North Sea, it can get quite cool and windy, so we’d recommend our Kende Waterproof Jacket. The main fabric is lightweight and has a well-crafted textured feel while being hard-wearing at the same time. Perfect for keeping you protected on the Scottish coast.

Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey

This small tidal island has its own small beach and overlooks Newborough Beach. several small, secluded coves are dotted around Ynys Llanddwyn, meaning you pick and choose which one you unwind on and claim as your private quiet area. With dramatic views of Snowdonia, this beach is one Wales’ best, offering plenty to see, including an old lighthouse, pilgrimage to the Welsh version of St Valentine and church ruins.

Nearest Cities: Chester, Wrexham

What to Wear...

The weather on Anglesey can change quickly, plus, you need to walk through shaded forests and woodland to reach Ynys or Newborough, so we’d recommend our Ruoko Hooded Full-Zip Fleece. It’s crafted knitted fabric delivers added comfort and warmth and drawcords on the hem and hood bring you an enhanced fit and warmth.

Thurstaston Beach, Wirral

The north-west of England features stunning coastline, often known for its golf courses, but if you want stunning views across to Wales, incredible cliffs and somewhere to lose yourself and unwind, this is the place. Thurstaston Beach sits beneath a country park and is accessed by steps that can be enjoyed with friends and family. Overlooking a nature reserve, this beach is ideal for relaxing while listening to nature.

Nearest Cities: Liverpool, Warrington, Manchester

What to Wear...

For this beautiful Wirral beach, where it’s rarely too warm or cold, we’d recommend our Classic Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, an essential choice for every wardrobe. Crafted from 100% cotton, this soft fabric is a medium weight with a tailored fit making it ideal smart-casual wear for all seasons.

Irvine Beach, Ayrshire

Ayrshire is known for its incredible beaches, and, like the eastern coast of Scotland, associated with golf. But if you’re looking for a vast beach of golden sands backed by dunes with stunning views of Arran and Ailsa Craig, this is the place for you to relax. At this beautiful location, you can chill out with family or friends with mountains as your backdrop across Irvine Bay - it's an ideal beach escape from the city.

Nearest Cities: Glasgow

What to Wear...

On a coast that can be gusty and in keeping with the relaxed beachwear, we’d recommend our Men’s and Women’s Classic Hoodies, a staple of every wardrobe. Clean and simple in style, these heavyweight hoodies are 100% cotton and soft to the touch, providing a warm layer for all seasons.

Winterton Beach, Norfolk

Situated on the picturesque Norfolk coast, this tranquil stretch of golden sand is one of the county’s best-kept secrets. Winterton Beach is backed by sand dunes, a nature reserve, making it a haven for wildlife and ideal for relaxing away from the city. There are miles and miles of beach to enjoy and choose from with your closest friends or family. With such a vast beach, it’s easy to lose yourself and unwind with views across the sea.

Nearest Cities: Norwich, Great Yarmouth

What to Wear...

Known for its warm climate, we’re going with a wardrobe staple and go-to beachwear piece and recommend our Women's Classic Boxy T-Shirt. With its relaxed style and boxy fit, the medium weight T with beautiful soft fabric crafted from 100% cotton is ideal for the beach.

Protect Our Blue Planet

World Oceans Day is every June 8 and sets out to celebrate and protect our oceans, the lifeblood to billions and what connects us all.

This all starts with conservation. Whether you’ve watched Sir David Attenborough or Simon Reeve, our oceans are facing disaster through the climate emergency, pollution, overfishing, chemical impacts from human activity on land, and much more.

It all leaves our marine ecosystems on the point of collapse, from species to habitats. So, what can you do?

One way to get involved is to sign this petition as part of World Oceans Day 2020, calling for the protection of 30% of our blue planet by 2030. Sign the petition to tell world leaders that you want action:

Sign the petition here.

You can also get involved by joining the annual Great British Beach Clean by the Marine Conservation Society, scheduled for September. The public is encouraged to create or join beach cleaning events. You don’t have to wait until then, of course!

Find out more about the Marine Conservation Society, your earnest beach cleaning event and how to create your own here.

Finally, just being mindful is an easy way of protecting our seas and oceans, especially with litter. Keep this simple mantra in mind: take it home to protect our home.

Timbuktu’s Sustainability

Timbuktu is dedicated to sustainability, fully committing ourselves to crafting products that cause as little impact on the environment as possible. This includes our manufacturing process and packaging.

The outdoor natural world is at the heart of Timbuktu, it’s something we love and care about. We want to make sure that this world is still around for generations to come and in order to do this, it becomes our duty, our mission, to hold the environment in the utmost importance.

Learn more about Timbuktu’s sustainability.

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