Your top tips on secret Britain

From tiny off-the-beaten-track hamlets to unknown seaside towns and uncrowded walking trails, we asked for your secret spots in Britain. And it looks like you know every corner of it…

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Britain's best-kept coastal secrets

St Margarets Bay, Kent (Shutterstock)

St Margarets Bay, Kent (Shutterstock)

North Norfolk is delightful, especially the coastal stretch from Wells-next-the-Sea to Sheringham. You can ride several heritage railways, go seal watching, walk with llamas, enjoy seafood (including the local crab), drink on a Dutch barge pub, enjoy coastal walks including a stroll on the vast beach adorned with colourful beach huts, visit the stately home Holkham Hall and much, much more!

- Lindsay Samaraweera

There is nowhere better for a cliff top walk and a cafe stop than the cliff tops of Dover. Park at Kingsdown then make your way up onto the cliff tops and walk towards Mrs. Knotts tearooms at South Foreland Lighthouse. St. Margaret's Bay is great for rock pooling, dog walking and skimming stones. If you feel the need for something stronger visit The Coastguard, Britain's nearest pub to France.

- Sue Taylor

I would recommend the Company Shed on Mersea Island near Colchester. Bring your own bread and wine to this seaside shack to tuck into mussels, oysters, prawns, lobster, smoked fish, or their signature seafood platter.

- Jo Gomis

At Frinton-On-Sea in Essex you can walk along the beach front for miles and there are hundreds of multi-coloured beach huts. Visit the small high street to find local tea rooms and quaint coffee shops.

- Rachael White

The best views in Britain you might not know about

The Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno (Shutterstock)

The Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno (Shutterstock)

The Great Orme Tramway is a good place to explore the local history. Over at the Haulfre Gardens, not only is there a great coffee shop, the garden also offers views of Llandudno and the coast.

- Gwen Puckrin

My secret place in Britain is the wonderful scenic cliff-side walk from Aberystwyth to Borth. The scenery is fantastic and it’s hidden from the crowds

- Adam Bradbury

My top tip for discovering a secret side of Britain is the roof terrace on the National Museum of Scotland. From here, you can see the whole of Edinburgh sprawling beneath you. It’s good for those who don’t want to climb crowded Arthur’s Seat for a view!

Melissa Morgan

If you’re ever on the East Riding of Yorkshire, make sure you visit Flamborough Head for an amazing scenic walk with spectacular views over the North Sea. Be warned: it can get very windy!

Daniel O’Shea

Talk a walk on Britain's wild side

A white stag at Arne RSPB, Dorset (Shutterstock)

A white stag at Arne RSPB, Dorset (Shutterstock)

Rutland is a much overlooked UK destination. Scenic countryside, Cotswold-style stone houses and the impressive town of Stamford. Rutland Water is a highlight, where a boat trip can be taken to view endangered Ospreys that nest and fish by the waters. Nearby, the Nene Valley railway allows for a nostalgic trip into Peterborough on a classic steam train.

- Nathan Brown

The Mull of Galloway is beautiful, has fantastic views and walks along the cliff tops and you can visit the lighthouse. If you like birds this is also a fantastic place to watch seabirds and there is a coffee shop (Gallie Craig) nearby. It is a bit out of the way and you have to make an effort to get there but it is well worth it!

- Chris Nelsen

RSPB Arne in Dorset borders Poole Harbour and is great for wildlife. You’ll see deer, woodlarks, nightjars and sand lizards. It’s so secret that many locals do not know it exists.

- Barbara Rayner

The South Downs link is 36.7 miles of footpath - just wonderful and you can do a quick or long walk from so many different starting points. It's a corridor of wildlife, wildflowers, trees, hedges, woodlands, rivers, ponds and streams.

Emma Wolski

Avoid the crowds

Camusdarach beach (Shutterstock)

Camusdarach beach (Shutterstock)

Isolated on the moors with no train station and nowhere near a motorway, Leek in Staffordshire is a great place to escape the crowds. It’s a real throwback, with butcher shops and bakeries on the street corners, but it also has a modern craft beer scene. There’s no way you could ever accidentally go through it, but Leek’s one of the UK’s great unsung towns.

- Ian Burke

Scotland: Instead of the oversubscribed North Coast 500, take the road to Arisaig and visit the beautiful Camusdarach Beach. Out of peak season it is often blissfully quiet and when you get there, marvel at the glistening arc of white sand and views of Skye, Rum and Eigg. You will not be disappointed.

Anne Greengrass

Stonehenge draws the crowds, but what about Stanton Drew Stones? Just outside Bristol is the third largest site of standing stones in England. Don’t miss the neighbouring Druid’s Arms pub for a drink after, too!

Katherine Cliord

From the fine beach at Roanhead to the top of Black Combe and Swinside Stone Circle this forgotten part of Cumbria has all the rugged beauty without the throngs of people.

Katherine Cliord

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