1. Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Where is it? On the south coast of Cornwall, two miles north-west of Lizard Point
Why go? In the rush down the A3083 to Lizard Point, many people miss the discreet sign on the right, pointing them to Kynance Cove. It’s a shame because this dramatic spot is heavenly. The spectacular contrast between the white sand beach studded with outcrops, arches and caves and the colourful 200ft cliffs behind them is reason enough to visit; add in the brilliant turquoise tones of the sea on a sunny day, and you have arguably the best beach in Cornwall. If you’re on the north coast, Bedruthan Steps’ crags and peaks are equally dramatic.
Nice neighbours: Poldhu Cove, Kennack Sands
Getting there: 300 miles/six hours from central London