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Dorset and Cornwall are renowned for being home to some of the best beaches in the country, but this generally means that these beaches are jam-packed when there is a spell of good weather.

So if you are staying in holiday cottages in Dorset or in Cornwall and don’t fancy sharing your patch of sand with hundreds and thousands of other sun seekers that often descend on the region’s most well-known beaches, then why not try one of the ‘secret’ beaches that are tucked away in some of these counties’ most beautiful places?

The quiet and secluded beaches in this guide are not only gorgeous stretches of sand, but are also close to some great attractions you could visit on your way there.

Dorset Beaches

Man O’War Cove

Whilst Lulworth Cove looks like a sea of people on a hot day and Durdle Door has a constant stream of people visiting it, just a stone’s throw away is the little-known Man O’War Cove.

Surrounded by spectacular high cliffs, the cove, which is part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, is the perfect secluded beach hideaway for you and your family to visit and is a perfect haven for children to take a dip, but do make sure to check when high tide is.

The cove can be accessed on foot via a long steep path and there are nearby car parks so your vehicle is never far away.

Man O’War Cove is owned by Lulworth Estate and whilst you are in the area you just have to visit another popular Lulworth Estate attraction; Lulworth Castle.

Surrounded by beautiful parkland with views of the Jurassic coast, the former hunting lodge was built in the 17th century and the castle’s tower offers visitors breathtaking views off the Dorset countryside. The castle also boasts pretty grounds that are ideal for a picnic, ancient woodlands for visitors to wander through and a Roman Catholic Chapel to explore.

Mupe Bay

To the east of Lulworth Cove is the shingle beach of Mupe Bay. If you are a keen walker then visiting Mupe Bay could be the ideal day out for you and your family; it can be reached along a 1.6 mile walk from Lulworth Cove car park.

The bay is picturesque and offers visitors an often deserted beach to enjoy that also boasts calm waters most of the year. Another great way to visit the beautiful Mupe Bay is by getting a private charter from Lulworth RIB Rides.

Lulworth RIB Rides private charters mean that you can leave Lulworth Cove and go wherever you wish, including Mupe Bay and other secluded beaches on the Jurassic Coast.

Alternatively, Lulworth RIB Rides offer visitors to the region 15 minute rides to Durdle Door all day every day from Easter to September.

Worbarrow Bay

If you’re staying at Hideaways’ Cobble Cottage you’ll be a mere two miles from Crackington Haven, another quiet beach known for its Mermaid Pools. The beach is located an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers some great walks and stunning scenery.

The village of Crackington Haven has a pub called Coombe Barton Inn as well as some small gift shops, so visitors can stop off and grab a bite to eat or a souvenir of your trip to this secret beach.

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