4th September 2020

Best UK Beaches with Muddy Stilettos

Plan your next beach holistay with Saltee

With some international travel tricky at the moment, we take a look at some of the best beaches in England to plan a late summer 2020 getaway. We have teamed up with Muddy Stilettos, the urban guide to the countryside.  Experts in witty insider guides to the very best food, walks, boutiques, day trips, hotels, interiors and events – here they provide the ultimate insider guide to the English seaside. Whether you’re heading to Norfolk or Cornwall, here’s our top picks of local, dreamy beach destinations…




There are so many beaches to choose from ……. so let’s do this by requirements. If you’re looking for a beach with amenities, our family favourites would be Old HunstantonWells-next-the-SeaEast Runton and Sea Palling.

For that traditional seaside town vibe head to CromerSheringham and Mundesley. Off the beaten track, our Muddy favourites are Brancaster and WaxhamHolkham beach is undoubedly the tourist’s favourite due to its vast stretches of sand and enormous Norfolk skies. However Muddy tip – head to Burnham Overy Staithe and either jump on the North Norfolk Coastal path or squelch through the estuary to reach the secluded end of Holkham Beach.

Finally, watching the sunset over Happisburgh lighthouse is the most romantic way to end the day.


In North Devon’s surfer paradise, you’re spoilt for choice: the dune-backed beaches at Croyde (above), or Woolacombe or the gentler Saunton Sands– all large sandy beaches with good waves and rock pools. Off the beaten track, locals love Putsborough between Croyde and Woolacombe, and if you don’t mind a bit of walk and climb down the beach, the secluded Bucks Mill or Lee Bay.

Among South Devon’s 50 beaches, family-friendly faves include the golden sands of Bantham (good for surfers) which has all the facilities you need but big enough to spread a socially-distanced towel and you can take a SUP or surf lesson here too. Beautiful Blackpool Sands has the added bonus of the fab Venus Café, and Muddy loves a swim (in a wetsuit of course) at gentle Hope Cove (above) – no steps to climb and three good eateries to warm up in afterwards.

Beer (the South Devon village not the bevy, above) on the Jurassic Coast could easily be in our Unmissables section, for its working fishing boats seen in many an insta-feed. Some good galleries too.


The very best beaches are the ones that you have to work a little to find, or at least walk to rather than drive up. Some of our favourites a little off the beaten track are Polly Joke and the wild flower meadows at West Pentire, Nanjizal near Land’s End, Gwenver near Sennen and Lantic Bay between Fowey and Polperro.

Other favourites include Gunwalloe, Coverack Harbour, Portheras Cove (above) and Porthoustock on the Lizard and not just because Poldark swam at them, honest.

Wherever you’re planning your staycation this year, ensure you have Saltee by your side to protect your skin and it’s great for the whole family. Here’s to memorable Saltee adventures, a little closer to home.

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