5 secret beaches you'll not want to miss
Here we share our favorite secret beaches that are all within easy reach off Lee. If you like avoiding the summer crowds preferring off the beaten track adventures, then this list is for you. Combine visits to these locations with a stay at The Old Apple Store for a wonderfully relaxing and luxurious South West Coast holiday.
The jewel in the crown
Lee Bay is a secret in itself as it remains a small unspoiled picturesque village of around 100 properties. The beach they say is the jewel in the crown. Check the tide tables as once out, a whole new world of well stocked rock pools and planes of sand are revealed. Lee Bay has two secret offspring. Through the rocks to the West you'll discover Sandy Cove beach and to the East Broadoar beach. Wonderful for sunset picnics (check tide tables)
Sunbathe with the seals
To the West of Lee and on the way to Morthoe and Woolacombe is a favorite pit stop along the South West Coastal Path. Once accessed by a steep ladder of steps you'll once again find an expanse of sand and rock pools left by the tide. It is possible to walk to the headland at Morte Point where in times gone by, many a shipwreck occurred here due to strong currents throwing boats into the rocks. Aptly named but more well known for a colony of seals that live in and around the area.
Photo: Jim Capps
Exotic sea shells & exotic curries
Further along the coastal path heading West and before Woolacombe you'll find Barricane. Not so secret these days but still a wonderful find especially in the summer months when the Sri Lankan Cafe is brought in. The queue for food can be long but as it is BYO, send your mate to wait whilst you enjoy a gin and tonic under the evening sun. You might be lucky enough to find a cowrie shell or two.
Middle Beach (Woolacombe)
Far from the Madding Crowd
If you dont want to miss out on one of Britains best beaches but would rather miss out on the crowds then head along Marine Drive until you find crowd free sands. Ensure you have a loaded cool box as its a long walk back to Woolacombe's facilities. There is however the new Porthole Cafe halfway along Marine Drive serving wonderful coffee's, cakes and views.
Photo: Andy Keeble
Edge of Exmoor
Our favorite and most dramatic spot to the East. Under the imposing cliffs of the North Devon coastline and on the edge of Exmoor nestles Woody Bay. A long and steep rocky walk but well worth it. Take your backpacks for a picnic as you'll need the fuel for the return journey!