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When muggy summer weather descends, there's really only one place to be: the beach. Not to knock London's urban beaches – or refreshing outdoor lidos – but sometimes only an authentic sea breeze will do.
Everyone knows that Cornwall and Devon are home to some cracking beaches. But when it comes to dodging the crowds, we're more interested in little hidden coves accessible only by foot, or secluded shingle shores untainted by tacky souvenir shops.
Here's our pick of the best beautiful and hidden beaches across the UK.
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