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10 Hidden Gems to visit during the August Bank Holiday

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations this August bank holiday scattered across the UK.

If the weather manages to stay sunny this August bank holiday, then that's your sign to put on your hiking boots and get exploring! However unfortunately everybody will have the same idea and all head to the same touristy spots.

Luckily, you're reading this article and instead you'll be heading to these hidden gems which more of less you'll have the whole place to yourself!

Here are 10 hidden gems to visit either alone, with your partner, with your fluffy companion or with the kids this bank holiday weekend. We hope you enjoy and happy exploring!

Image of Whorneyside Force in England

Whorneyside Force is a stunning hidden waterfall located on Whorneyside Fell up high on the mountainside. There are some great views down Great Langdale which can be viewed from the waterfall, and you'll more or less have the whole place to yourself!

Sitting in the shadows of Crinkle Crags, it's clear to see why it's one of our favourite waterfalls in the Lakes. It really is amazing, and it's also the perfect spot for a wild swim if you're up for it in a natural waterfall.

For those exploring with a little one, you can take them to Whorneyside Force since it's easy to reach as there isn't much elevation gain. The last time we went the water looked so magical and green, and it's the perfect destination for a quick dip and a cool down after a busy day hiking around the Lakes.

The Eas a'Bhradain is a great hidden waterfall just off the roadside and we definitely recommend visiting if you're in the area or driving by. It's a quick stop on the side of the road, so there's no real path but it's not that difficult to get too.

Eas a’Bhradain is the perfect spot to come for anybody who loves secluded waterfalls and admiring them with no disturbances. When we went we saw a lovely little area by the river which would be goals for those with a picnic (especially for couples as there is something romantic about this spot!).

Overall, Eas a'Bhradain is a great hidden waterfall just off the roadside and often gets missed by Scottish explorers!

Image of Eas a'Bhradain in Scotland
Photo taken by @laurablakeman via Instagram.

Dinas Dinlle Beach is a wild, beautiful, ancient shoreline facing West into the Irish sea. The sunsets are absolutely amazing, as are the views back over Snowdonia. It's a dog friendly beach so please remember to pick your litter up after you.

You won't find many tourists or crowds when you visit Dinas Dinlle Beach, and it's a surprise why! It offers great views of Snowdon mountains, as well as amazing sunsets on a clear day. If you have an interest in history, then there is a really cool WW2 Bunker you can check out whilst you're here.

If you're doing the route to Pennine Way, then this waterfall is another one to visit. The waterfall isn't far from Wessenden Reservoir, and it can be spotted from the footpath. Wessenden Head can be reached by a faint path, but is definitely worth the visit if you're in the area!

The waterfall is most impressive after heavy rainfall, with the views of water cascading down and cutting through the hillside. You'll have to descend down if you want a close up, and it can be quite muddy and slippery so it's up to you whether to see it properly or not!

A beautiful piece of nature where you can see many birds breeding (oh and also seeing this cool waterfall which gushes into the sea!). You won't come across many waterfalls in the UK which fall into the sea, and Crawton Waterfall is very hidden compared to the likes of Mealt Falls etc.

Crawton Waterfall is often overlooked by around 90% of the tourists which come to visit Scotland, and that's a good thing for you! It's a wonderful find for all you waterfall enthusiasts, and it's well worth the walk to visit.

Portheras Cove is a beautiful little bay which is great for those looking to get away from the tourists. You'll more than likely have the whole beach to yourself whenever you visit, however you might be greeted by a few friendly seals!

Portheras Cove is an amazing secluded bay perfect for those wanting to escape the mass crowds which visit Cornwall every summer. It's worth noting that you'll need to walk for about 15-20 minutes from the nearest car park but it is definitely worth the trek!

To get to the bay itself you'll be required to walk down a steep incline so please wear appropriate footwear.

Watkin's Path is a must-visit for all wild swimming lovers. It's only a short walk from the car park, in which you'll be able to experience some great plunge pools for a cold water dip on a warm day.

An amazing walk up around Gladstone Rock will take you to these gorgeous waterfalls and plunge pools in Snowdon. The walks is very scenic, and takes you through woodlands with house ruins until you are presented with breath-taking mountain views.

If you have the right footwear, the whole walk should take you around 30-40 minutes. Don't worry about getting there early to secure your spot; there's plenty of pools to find and have either for yourself, or share with others.

This gorgeous beach is absolutely stunning, with its white sandy setting and turquoise sea colour, it's no wonder it's regarded as one of the best beaches in Scotland.

If you're a lover of golden sandy beaches with crystal clear water, then you should definitely be heading to Achmelvich Bay. If you're lucky, you might even see a seal! It can get a bit busy during the summer, but it'll be a lot quieter than the majority of Scottish beaches.

On a clear day, Achmelvich Bay is often described as a beach that looks like it's from the Mediterranean Sea. Even though the water is clear and coloured light blue, please take caution as there may be some jellyfish lurking around.

Scaleber Force Waterfall is a fantastic little gem which is also perfect for a bit of wild swimming! Even during the dry summer days visitors can enjoy an impressive set of falls.

The pathway down to the bottom of the waterfalls can be a bit tricky for some so we recommend wearing some shoes with a good grip on them, as well as good balance and strong legs!

It's isn't that much of a walk from the main road however we recommend wearing appropriate footwear for those adventurous explorers wanting to get to the bottom of the waterfall.

Three Cliffs Bay is a stunning place with lots of great paths to explore and spectacular rugged cliffs. You do have to walk a little bit in order to get to the beach as there isn't a car park near, but it's definitely worth the effort! One you're at Three Cliffs Bay, you won't want to leave.

Three Cliffs Bay really is an amazing location and a must-visit when in Wales. It's regarded by locals as one of the best beaches in Gower, and it's no surprise why with it's stunning scenery with spectacular rugged cliffs. The only downside is there's no parking nearby, so we don't recommend Three Cliffs Bay to those with walking difficulties.

There you have it! These are 10 hidden gems which you need to visit this August bank holiday, perfect for your next adventure! Whether you plan to do a road trip around the UK for the weekend or visiting for a day, you should definitely check out some of these hidden gems.

Looking for a cheap staycation in Wales? Check out our 5 staycations in Wales under £100 per night article!

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