IT could be a scene from a picture postcard of a holiday hotspot.
Children splashing in the water and sun seekers basking in the heat suggest a coastal retreat – a plane ride away.
But this gem of a spot which has been drawing people in their droves as temperatures soar is in fact a secret stretch of sand 780ft above sea level and 60 miles inland above a Yorkshire village.
“Britains’s highest beach”, as it has been dubbed, is the reward to be found at the end of a 40-minute walk up steep footpaths in the south Pennines hills above Todmorden,
Generally only known to locals, it has no need for sign posts but is growing in popularity thanks to social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook spreading the word.
Located next to the Gaddings Dam, the beach is over 60 miles from the nearest sea and a half-hour walk from the closest village.