What’s better on a hot day than a paddle in the sea?
Unfortunately for us, Coventry is in the Midlands and it’s always going to be a bit of a drive to get to the edge of our island.
Luckily there are some secret beaches within a short drive, including a new one that’s just opened up near Tamworth, and one near Nuneaton.
But when it’s as hot as it’s been recently, only the seaside will do.
And there’s plenty of places to discover that are worth the drive, reports BirminghamLive.
Here’s a list of secret beaches by the seaside that are worth driving to.
Porth Iago, Wales
This pretty little cove is accessed via a small farm.
The water is renowned for its deep blue hue, which makes it a great spot for swimming .
And, if you’re really lucky, you might spot seals and dolphins!
There are no facilities so do take a picnic and a bit of change to pay the farmer for parking.
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Distance from Coventry: 167 miles (around four hours)
Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli LL53 8LP
Confucius hole and caves, Broadhaven
This is a stunning huge lagoon crater making it perfect for those who love to explore hidden gems.
Pack a towel and a snack and get there via a cliff path from Broadhaven , which is another glorious spot in itself.
Carved out by years of erosion, the caves and holes are fantastic for adventurers and you can access the shore in some places, meaning you can take a dip in that clear, tranquil water.
Distance from Coventry: 217 miles (around four hours)
Broadhaven, Pembrokeshire , SA62 3JG
Llanddwyn Bay, Angelsey
At the end of this idyllic three-mile beach lies a little island that can be reached on foot at low tide.
It holds a terrace of cottages and a mini lighthouse.
You can see the peaks of Snowdonia on a clear day too!
Distance from Coventry: 184 miles (around three and a half hours)
Newborough, Isle Of Anglesey , LL61 6SG
Chapel Porth, Cornwall
It is possible to park on the National Trust car park at Chapel Porth – but it’s much better to go in via the hidden route.
If you walk a couple of miles north along the coastal path from St Agnes, you’ll find a gorgeous sandy bay flanked by cliffs.
Build sandcastles and play in the surf then treat yourself to an ice-cream in the Porth Chapel café.
Distance from Coventry: 259 miles (around four and a half hours)
Chapel Porth, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0NS
Porthdinllaen is a harbour village with golden sands, rock pools and scenic views on the Llŷn Peninsula within Gwynedd, Wales .
This beach can get busy but, if you’re prepared to walk, you can find a lovely peaceful spot that’s worth the effort.
Head past Ty Coch Inn and the nearby cottages and you’ll find a pathway that leads to a quiet cove with fantastic views of Snowdonia.
Distance from Coventry: 158 miles (around three and a half hours)
Porthdinllaen, Morfa Nefyn LL53 6DB
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
Granted, a lot of people know about Barafundle Bay but you can’t drive directly to it, which makes it something of a hidden delight.
You park up, then walk for half a mile across the headland to reach it. The walk is relatively easy but not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
You then reach an archway, peer through and think ‘wow!’
It’s then steps down to this gorgeous spot, which has been named as one of the world’s best beaches.
Distance from Coventry: 216 miles (around four hours)
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Stackpole, Pembroke SA71 5LS
Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby
Robin Hood’s Bay is another beautiful beach named as one of the world’s best by Passport Magazine.
It’s around a three-and-a-half hour drive from Coventry.
You walk down the narrow lanes of the fishing village to the rocky coastline.
It’s then possible to walk along the beach to neighbouring villages at low tide.
Distance from Coventry: 186 miles (around three and a half hours)
Robin Hood’s Bay , Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ
Porth Towyn, Gwynedd
Fancy having a go at surfing or body boarding?
This could be the place to try it, without having to embarrass yourself in front of the crowds at Newquay.
Located on the Llyn Peninsula’s north coast, the water here is good for surfing and the sand is perfect for those who want a day at the seaside in the peace and quiet.
To find it, get yourself of the Aberdaron-Nefyn road and then turn off towards the village of Tudweiliog.
It’s best to park in the village and walk down rather than trying to find parking near the coast.
Distance from Coventry: 172 miles (just over three hours)
Porth Towyn , Llyn Peninsula, LL63 5TD