The 'incredible' hidden UK beach that can only be reached by tunnels | The Sun

A UK beach has been described as "incredible" online, with people amazed at how it can only be reached via a set of tunnels.

Brits will be looking for amazing beach visits again as the summer brings the warmer weather to our shores again.

One place they could find hidden beaches with sea pools for "amazing" wild swimming is tunnels beach in Ilfracombe, Devon.

A network of tunnels that were hand-carved in the early nineteenth century, leads to several sheltered sand and shingle beaches, as well as a Victorian tidal swimming pool.

According to Niche Museums, hundreds of Welsh miners were hired for a two-year project, which saw them carve six tunnels through the cliffs to providing access to the coastline by foot or carriage.

Outdoor bathing pools were also segregated by gender to "protect the modesty of the ladies".

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Niche Museums also claim that a bugle player was positioned "between the male and female pools, who would blow an alarm if any man attempted to spy on the ladies, resulting in his arrest".

There is no other way to reach the beaches than by going through the tunnels, with a small entrance fee, making it feel somewhat like a secret bay.

One person who loves the Ilfracombe spot is Tiktoker CJ (@cjexplores), who described it as "one of a kind".

In a video shared online, they said: "Located in Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast, Tunnels Beach is one of a kind.

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"Did you know there's a UK beach that you can only access via a network of 19th century tunnels?

"Welcome to Tunnels Beach, a beautiful haven that you can only visit via hand-carved tunnels created in the 1820s.

"The magic doesn't stop there, though, because once you reach the beach, you'll find an incredible sea pool, which makes for an amazing wild swim experience."

Their video has been seen more than 600,000 times, with others impressed with the beach.

One wrote: "It's the most beautiful place."

Another said: "I need to go."

A third added: "How did I go to Ilfracombe last year and not know this?"

What's on in Ilfracombe claim that the tunnels helped entrepreneurs "transform Ilfracombe from a small fishing village into a popular seaside tourist resort" in the early 19th century.

Now it remains a popular spot and offers visitors a "truly unique experience".

It's not only frequented by people either, with "regular visits from playful seals and graceful porpoise".

The beach has a 4.5/5 rating overall on TripAdvisor from more than 1,700 people.

One wrote: "We totally loved this private beach, £3 each to enter, but well worth it, lots of interesting history information boards.

"Such a pretty location and perfect for snorkelling. We would visit again when we are next in the area."

Another said: "What a fantastic hidden gem, the beach is hidden along these magnificent tunnels revealing this amazing cove."

People love the beach so much they use it as a wedding venue, with a bespoke wedding venue, nestled within the cliffs, overlooking its own private beach.

Hotels in Ilfracombe can be booked from £28.50pp per night.

Camping pitches nearby start from £10 per night.

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Meanwhile, this Devon beach has stretches of pink sands.

And another beach in the region offers visitors the chance to watch dolphins swim while having a curry.

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