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With glorious views of the white cliffs, beaches to explore and a traditional cream tea at the finish, this is the perfect walk for families and those looking for a fantastic group walk. With 3 distances to choose from, there is something for everyone!
This circular walk takes in historic landmarks of the bay as well as iconic buildings such as the world renowned Wales Millennium Centre. The vibrant waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants combined with the traditions of Butetown provide the walk with lots to see and do.
This lovely, family friendly route is perfect for little legs! The short walk has plenty to offer as it passes along the shorefront of Fairlie, a small village with wonderful views to Largs and to the Cowal hills above Dunoon as well as the historical Fairlie Castle.
Looking for a more challenging group walk? Want to see some beautiful historical sites and spectacular coastal views along the way? Then this is the hub walk for you! Suitable for older children and adults, this route will be led by a WaterAid representative and starts at the 1816 Waterloo Monument which is in the shape of Napoleons hat and leads to Carlingnose Point nature reserve. The walk continues through woodland and past an active Whinstone Quarry before entering the Bay of Inverkeithing which is a haven for bid life throughout the year. The historic town also has many 13th –17th century buildings to admire! You will then continue along the coast to St David’s Harbour and around Dalgety Bay to Downing Point, with its gun emplacements and panoramic views over the Forth it is well worth the effort! The path continues to Burntisland with its historic harbour, post reformation church, Blue Flag beach and numerous recreation facilities. From historic churches and woodland, to gun emplacements and Blue Flag beaches, there is plenty to see and experience on this hub walk! On reaching the finish where you will be treated to a well earned post-walk reception so you can rest your feet and have a well deserved snack or drink - a great end to the day! Coast Along for WaterAid is the perfect way to help your children discover and learn exciting new things while having lots of fun. To help your children play, learn and develop there will also be a variety of games to take part in as you walk and nation-wide competitions to enter, so sign up today for a fun day out for all the family!
This is a brilliant, family-friendly route with lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained. It’s an area with a fascinating history too so there’s also plenty to keep the adult minds engaged as well! In 1809, Bristol was transformed by the opening of the Floating Harbour. 80 acres of tidal river was impounded to allow visiting ships to remain afloat all the time. Over the next two centuries the Harbour grew into a busy commercial port until it closed in 1975. Since then, it has been regenerated – making for a modern twist on the more traditional coastal walks! We will be rounding the walk off with a gathering at the end, so you can have a well deserved relax and put your feet up!
Craster is a lovely village on the scenic Northumberland coastline and walking enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the various circular routes we have on offer! This route follows the spectacular Northumberland Coast, passing the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and the bracken and heather covered slopes of The Heugh.
This stunning 7-mile walk through the Otter Valley includes a family-friendly option over 4 miles along with plenty of refreshments, games and entertainment for a memorable day out. Explore the beautiful Otter Estuary, which is teaming with birds, before taking in views from the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
It’s possible to walk or cycle in either direction on this route and it is completely accessible to wheelchair users.Folkestone’s famous Lower Leas has undergone an extensive regeneration project by Shepway District Council, to form the new Coastal Leisure Park, a linear section of land between Folkestone and Sandgate. The park is divided into 3 zones – Wild Zone with picnic tables; Fun Zone with an adventure playground; Formal Zone with planted gardens. The village of Sandgate is rich in military and smuggling history, dating back nearly 500 years. The High Street just behind the sea wall has several interesting antique shops so take a look and see if you can find any hidden gems! The remains of Henry V111’s Sandgate Castle, now a private residence on the edge of the beach, served as one of the 74 Martello Towers that were constructed along the southern coast of England as defence against the Napoleonic threat. Beyond Sandgate the path joins the road for a short distance and then the wide promenade which leads to Hythe
Walking enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy this circular route around the popular seaside resort of Scarborough; Britain’s oldest seaside holiday resort welcoming visitors for over 360 years. Be prepared for some spectacular views along the coast and to take in some of Scarborough’s top tourist attractions as you take part in this circular walk.
In 2006 the village of St. Dogmaels won the Wales Calor Village of the Year competition. The village contains the remains of a 12th century Tironian abbey, which was in its day one of the richer monastic institutions in Wales.The start of the coast path is adjacent to the landing stage at north end of St. Dogmaels. The first Pembroke coast path sign is at Poppit Sands. Poppit Sands is a beautiful sandy beach, backed with sand dunes at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary. It is a blue flag bathing beach making it an ideal holiday location or a spot of paddling! The first three miles of this section follow roads and country lanes to lead you to spectacular cliff scenery with fine examples of coastal geology and views of Cardigan Island. The highest point of the whole of this national trail is on this section at 175 metres. The coastal bus link is at the village of Moylgrove, less than 1 mile inland from Ceibwr Bay. There is a youth hostel at Poppit, however the main centre for accommodation is Cardigan with a bus service to St. Dogmaels.
Ceibwr Bay has beaches and unique marine life and, from the cliff path which rises to above 150 metres, it is possible to observe bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals. The walk ends in the coastal part of Newport known as the "Parrog" for that is where the township's first settlement was. The houses along the sea front, to the west of the old port area, date back to the 19th Century when Newport was an important trading harbour and where many fine sailing ships were built. Some of these ships have been recorded as taking early settlers to North America. Newport town is 0.5 miles inland from the coast path with a range of accommodation including youth hostel. The National Park Information Centre is at Newport
The walk starts at the coastal part of Newport known as the "Parrog" for that is where the township's first settlement was. The houses along the sea front, to the west of the old port area, date back to the 19th Century when Newport was an important trading harbour and where many fine sailing ships were built. Some of these ships have been recorded as taking early settlers to North America. Newport town is 0.5 miles inland from the coast path with a range of accommodation including youth hostel. The National Park Information Centre is at Newport. The coast-path circumvents Dinas Island rising to 142 metres at Dinas Head from which you can view striking cliff scenery and bird life and with luck seals. You will pass a hamlet located at a picturesque cove on the south-eastern side of the Dinas Island -Cwm-yr-Eglwys (valley of the Church). The hamlet takes its name from the ruined church by the beach and is a popular beauty spot with car park and toilets. There is a wheelchair accessible path from Cwm-yr-Eglwys to Pwllgwaelod, the walk ends at Pwllgwaelod, a hamlet with a large car park, toilets and refreshments.
The walk starts at Pwllgwaelod a hamlet with a large car park, toilets and refreshments. The walk features a section of coast characterised by small remote beaches, dark shale cliffs and inlets, you will also pass Penrhyn, a First World War coastal defence installation. The walk leading to Fishguard leads to an area described as “untouched, wild and enchanting”. The walk ends at Fishguard, a town with a full range of facilities and accommodation is a short walk across the old bridge with rail connections and a ferry terminal to Rosslare, Ireland at Fishguard Harbour. The wildlife surrounding Fishguard is rich in flora and fauna and from the coastal path dolphins, grey seals and puffins can be seen.
The walk starts at Fishguard, a town with a full range of facilities and accommodation is a short walk across the old bridge with rail connections and a ferry terminal to Rosslare, Ireland at Fishguard Harbour. The wildlife surrounding Fishguard is rich in flora and fauna and from the coastal path dolphins, grey seals and puffins can be seen. You will pass Goodwick, a Victorian town owing its existence to the railway and port and Carreg Goffa which witnessed the last invasion of mainland Britain in 1797 by a French force of over 1,000 under the command of Colonel Tate. However, the invasion collapsed after two days. See http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/Wales-History/Fishguard.htm for further information. Strumble Head, a rocky headland home to Strumble Head Lighthouse offers specatuclar views and boasts local wildlife. The walk ends at Pwll Deri, a popular beauty spot bounded by cliffs rising to over 130 metres described as the perfect rural retreat, it has a car park, youth hostel and camping site
The walk starts at Pwll Deri, a popular beauty spot bounded by cliffs rising to over 130 metres described as the perfect rural retreat, it has a car park, youth hostel and camping site. You will pass Aber Mawr, an important geological site with the cliffs revealing a sequence of deposits from the last ice age. There is also a submerged forest, however beware of erosion, rock-falls and subsidence on this section of path. The walk ends at Abercastle, a small harbour with a Neolithic burial chamber at Carreg Sampson just inland from the coast-path. The harbour was also the landing site of the first single handed atlantic sailing west to east in 1876 starting from Gloucester, Massachusetts by the Danish born fisherman, Alfred "Centennial" Johnson.
The walk starts at Abercastle, a small harbour with a Neolithic burial chamber at Carreg Sampson just inland from the coast-path. The harbour was also the landing site of the first single handed atlantic sailing west to east in 1876 starting from Gloucester, Massachusetts by the Danish born fisherman, Alfred "Centennial" Johnson. You will pass Aber Draw, the beach for the village of Trefin. The path down to the beach passes a ruined mill complete with mill stones. The walk ends at Porthgain (meaning beautiful port), the industrial harbour was used in the hundred year period to 1931 for the export of roadstone, slate and bricks and exudes the atmosphere of the industrial revolution with the old brickworks, quarries and associated infrastructure.
The walk begins at Porthgain (meaning fair or beautiful port), the harbour here was used in the hundred year period to 1931 for the export of roadstone, slate and bricks and exudes the atmosphere of the industrial revolution with the old brickworks, quarries and associated infrastructure. You will pass Abereiddi slate quarry, although closed in 1904 the local supporting infrastructure is still visible with the industrial relics making this a favourite spot for artists. Much of the coast along this section of path is owned by the National Trust, there is a complex of iron age forts at Caerau and a wealth of Neolithic and Iron Age remains close to St Davids Head. The walk ends at Whitesands, a popular beach with car park, shop and toilets with a nearby youth hostel and hotel. There is wheelchair access to the beach.
The walk starts at Whitesands, a popular beach with car park, shop and toilets with a nearby youth hostel and hotel. There is wheelchair access to the beach. Whitesands is easily reached from the cathedral city of St Davids with its full range of facilities and accommodation. This is one of the most popular parts of the Pembroke Coast Path which is owned and manages by the National Trust. There is a summer ferry service to Ramsey Island, including the RSPB reserve is available at St Justinians. Link www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/r/ramseyisland/directions.asp. The walk ends at Porth Clais, the historic harbour is within the St David’s Peninsula Site of Special Scientific Interest and was built in the 12th century and used by saints, pilgrims and disciples. The Farmers Arms at St Davids is mentioned in the Good Beer Guide and is a popular destination.
The walk starts at Porth Clais, the historic harbour is within the St David’s Peninsula Site of Special Scientific Interest and was built in the 12th century and used by saints, pilgrims and disciples. The Farmers Arms at St Davids is mentioned in the Good Beer Guide and is a popular destination. You will pass St Non, where St David, the patron saint of Wales, was born and the area of Penpleidiau which is steeped in celtic tradition and imagery and home to a magnificent iron age fort. At the head of Porth y Rhaw, there are nine holy wells much visited in the medieval period, see http://www.nine-wells.org.uk/pre_1939.htm for more details on the area of ‘nine wells’. The walk ends at Lower Solva, the main lime burning centre for the St Davids area with 10 kilns in operation during Victorian times. There are a good range of shops, pubs and guesthouses at Solva including the Harbour Inn mentioned in the Good Beer Guide.
The walk begins at Lower Solva, the main lime burning centre for the St Davids area with 10 kilns in operation during Victorian times. There are a good range of shops, pubs and guesthouses at Solva including the Harbour Inn mentioned in the Good Beer Guide. You will pass two islands Dinas Bach ('small stronghold') and Dinas Fawr ('large stronghold'). There are remains of a Tudor copper mine on Dinas Fawr and look out for the blowhole on Dinas Bach. Here you move from Welsh speaking Pembrokeshire to English speaking, you are also entering the Pembroke coal measures mined in the 1800s. The walk ends at Newgale beach where sands stretch for over 2 miles and is a popular destination for surfers however be aware of powerful undertows.
The walk starts at Newgale beach where sands stretch for over 2 miles and is a popular destination for surfers however be aware of powerful undertows. There is much spectacular cliff scenery and industrial heritage along this section, look out for the remains of the Pembrokeshire coal industry, including the one of the main coal exporting ports at Nolton Haven. At Nolton Haven the sea has cut into the weaker rocks to form a sheltered, sandy bay protected by small headlands. The walk ends at Broadhaven a popular bathing beach located in a corner of St Bride`s Bay with a range of facilities along the sea-front, there is a youth hostel which includes a National Park information point. Inland lies Haroldston woods, known for its interesting plants, and on top of the cliffs to the north is an Iron Age promontory fort.
The walk ends at Broadhaven a popular bathing beach located in a corner of St Bride`s Bay with a range of facilities along the sea-front, there is a youth hostel which includes a National Park information point. Inland lies Haroldston woods, known for its interesting plants, and on top of the cliffs to the north is an Iron Age promontory fort. If you decide to walk along the beach to Little Haven beware being cut off by the rising tide. The path to Borough Head goes through deciduous woodland, well protected from the ravages of the sea.The walk ends at St Brides where there are parking facilities, toilets and a picnic site. St Brides Castle and St Brides Church are popular sites at the coastal resort overlooking the sea, coastal erosion has exposed the ends of stone coffins in the graveyard.
The walk starts at St Brides where there are parking facilities, toilets and a picnic site. St Brides Castle and St Brides Church are popular sites at the coastal resort overlooking the sea, coastal erosion has exposed the ends of stone coffins in the graveyard. You will pass The Nab Head, the earliest dated Mesolithic site in Wales (9000 years old) where 600 perforated stone beads were found. Take time to wander around the Deer Park, the largest promontory fort in Wales – a Celtic iron age settlement dating back to 500BC. The walk ends at Martin’s Haven, a small, north-facing cove with pebble beach and a car park, toilets and information point. You can take a ferry to Skomer Island from Martin’s Haven, the Skomer Marine Reserve is popular with sub-aqua enthusiasts.
The walk starts at Martin’s Haven, a small, north-facing cove with pebble beach and a car park, toilets and information point. You can take a ferry to Skomer Island from Martin’s Haven, the Skomer Marine Reserve is popular with sub-aqua enthusiasts. You will pass Gateholm, a small tidal island meaning ‘goat island’ only accessible at low tide which contains an extensive iron age settlement (130 round houses and huts with finds including pottery and coins) and was the subject of an episode of Time Team. You will also pass Mill Bay where Henry Tudor landed in 1485 with 2000 men on his way to victory at Bosworth Field and the English crown. The walk ends at the unspoilt Dale village, an old trading and fishing port with a good range of local facilities, it lies in a sheltered valley with beaches at both its west and east facing ends making the area a popular watersports destination.
The walk starts at the unspoilt Dale village, an old trading and fishing port with a good range of local facilities, it lies in a sheltered valley with beaches at both its west and east facing ends making the area a popular watersports destination. Plan your walk carefully with reference to tide tables. The walk across the Gann just past Pickleridge is only possible two hours either side of low water and similarly at Sandy Haven. It is best to cross the Gann on a falling tide allowing up to four hours to reach and cross Sandy Haven. The detours are lengthy and mainly along roads. You will pass Great Castle Head, the site of a large Iron Age fort, the defensive banks and ditches at Great Castle Head survive in reasonable condition. The walk ends at Sandy Haven, a remote beach popular for sunbathing, rockpooling and paddling. At low tide it is possible to walk across the estuary but be aware that if you are cut off by the tide you will have a long walk back, detour at high water is some three to four miles along roads.
The walk starts at Sandy Haven, a remote beach popular for sunbathing, rockpooling and paddling. At low tide it is possible to walk across the estuary but be aware that if you are cut off by the tide you will have a long walk back, detour at high water is some three to four miles along roads. You will pass the town of Milford Haven which has a full range of facilities including a rail connection The town of Milford Haven lies on the north bank of the Milford Haven waterway, which is a drowned valley and has a landscape of low-lying wooded shorelines, creeks and mudflats. This section is significantly influenced by the oil industry complexes of Milford Haven; if you have an interest in the impact of oil facilities on the environment then this is the section for you. The walk ends at the town of Neyland which owes its origin to Isambard Kingdom Brunel who made it the terminus of his South Wales Railway in 1856.
The walk starts at the town of Neyland which owes its origin to Isambard Kingdom Brunel who made it the terminus of his South Wales Railway in 1856. Much of this section is along roads passing across the Cleddau Bridge, through Pembroke Dock, the departure point for the ferry to Rosslare in Ireland. The walk ends at Pembroke, a fortified medieval town with a castle dating back to the late 12th century, home of the earls of Pembroke and the birthplace of King Henry VII in 1457. See http://www.pembroketownguide.co.uk/ or http://www.pembroketown.co.uk/ for details of attractions such as the popular town trail, the museum of the home, the daily indoor market and numerous small craft, gift and specialist shops. The town also boasts a superb children's playground, with picnic and barbecue areas adjacent to plentiful parking on the commons road.
The walk starts at Pembroke, a fortified medieval town with a castle dating back to the late 12th century, home of the earls of Pembroke and the birthplace of King Henry VII in 1457. See http://www.pembroketownguide.co.uk/ or http://www.pembroketown.co.uk/ for details of attractions such as the popular town trail, the museum of the home, the daily indoor market and numerous small craft, gift and specialist shops. The town also boasts a superb children's playground, with picnic and barbecue areas adjacent to plentiful parking on the commons road. This section is significantly influenced by oil installations, including the Texaco Refinery which is served by berths which can handle 300,000 ton super-tankers. You will pass the village of Monkton and the remains of the Old Priory, a Norman monastery dissolved in 1530 by Henry VIII. The walk finishes at the village of Angle with a range of local facilities, Angle Bay is an important feeding ground for birds and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the discovery of small green starfish in the beach’s rockpools
The walk starts at the village of Angle with a range of local facilities, Angle Bay is an important feeding ground for birds and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the discovery of small green starfish in the beach’s rockpools. Angle hosts the 16th century Old Point House Inn - one of the few pubs on the National Trail, and you will pass remains of a small artillery blockhouse built at the side of the harbour entrance in Tudor times called East Blockhouse. The walk ends at Freshwater West, a beautiful wind swept beach and one of the most consistent surf spots in Wales, there are parking and toilet facilities. It can hold waves up to around 6ft, however this beach has very strong rip currents and quicksands.
The walk starts at Freshwater West, a beautiful wind swept beach and one of the most consistent surf spots in Wales, there are parking and toilet facilities. It can hold waves up to around 6ft, however this beach has very strong rip currents and quicksands. At Castlemartin the coastpath takes you inland to avoid the artillery ranges. You have choices as to whether to carry on along the inland route along roads to Bosherton and then on to Broadhaven or when the range walks are open to strike south to Stack Rocks to pick up the coast around St Govans Head. We recommend the latter. The natural arch, the Green Bridge of Wales is located just to the west of Stack Rocks where this a good observation point for photo opportunities. The 13th century St Govans chapel nestling in the cliffs has been restored and well worth a visit. The walk ends at Broadhaven hosting golden sands and dunes with parking and toilet facilities, if time permits walk around the Lily Ponds.
The walk starts at Broadhaven hosting golden sands and dunes with parking and toilet facilities, if time permits walk around the Lily Ponds. You will pass the Stackpole National Nature Reserve, there are two large natural arches at Stackpole Head and Stackpole Warren, as its name suggests, is the playground of rabbits. Stackpole Quay is managed by the National Trust and provides a café and tea rooms, see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stackpole/ for more details. The walk ends at Freshwater East, a popular holiday location with plenty of camping together with parking and toilets and the Freshwater Inn having an entry in the Good Beer Guide. See http://www.freshwater-east.org.uk/ for more information on the village and its’ attractions.
The walk starts at Freshwater East, a popular holiday location with plenty of camping together with parking and toilets and the Freshwater Inn having an entry in the Good Beer Guide. See http://www.freshwater-east.org.uk/ for more information on the village and its’ attractions. You will pass Swanlake bay, a secluded shingle beach with sand exposed at low tide, and Manobier village where Manobier Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Pembrokeshire. The walk ends at Skrinkle Haven, a small rocky bay enclosed by high spectacular cliffs with a famous natural arch in the limestone and with sand exposed at low tide. Access is via steep steps though there is a picnic site at the top and a youth hostel at Skrinkle Haven with village facilities at Lydstep a short way inland.
The walk starts at Skrinkle Haven, a small rocky bay enclosed by high spectacular cliffs with a famous natural arch in the limestone and with sand exposed at low tide. Access is via steep steps though there is a picnic site at the top and a youth hostel at Skrinkle Haven with village facilities at Lydstep a short way inland. There are a number of caves and a blowhole on the Lydstep peninsula and local facilities and train station at Penally. You have a choice of paths to the north or south of the golf links towards Tenby. The walk ends at Tenby is a very popular holiday location with a full range of accommodation, shops and facilities with good transport links to South Wales.
The walk starts at Tenby is a very popular holiday location with a full range of accommodation, shops and facilities with good transport links to South Wales. This section is characterised by cliff-top woodland and is a popular section for holidaymakers, albeit strenuous in places with a number of ascents and descents. The walk ends at the fishing village of Saundersfoot which has a full range of facilities. See http://www.visit-saundersfoot.com/ or http://www.saundersfoot.co.uk/ for more information about Saundersfoot’s attractions.
The walk starts at the fishing village of Saundersfoot which has a full range of facilities. See http://www.visit-saundersfoot.com/ or for more information about Saundersfoot’s attractions. The path takes you past the Wiseman’s Bridge, a delightful bay on the scenic coast road that runs North of Saundersfoot and on to Amroth, the beach was the stage for rehearsals of the D-Day landings during the Second World War. The walk ends at the small seaside village of Amroth, originally a small mining village. At low tide tree stumps can be seen through the sand, the remains of a petrified forest during the last Ice Age which was destroyed when the sea levels rose around 7000 years ago. The National Trail ends at a small stream that also marks the boundary of the National Park.
This first section of the Isle of Anglesey coastal path is attractive and low-lying. St Cybi’s church at the start of the walk traces its history back to a monastic settlement in AD 540 with roman walls abutting the site. This beautiful parish church is one of the jewels in Anglesey's crown. This ancient place of worship is a treasure house of stained glass, carved wood and the stone masons art so do take the time to look around. Holyhead also has a full range of facilities with the pub ‘79’ recommended by CAMRA. Unfortunately at the current time of writing it is divided in two by the Alaw Estuary, which is wide and dangerous to cross on foot. You can either do the walk in two halves; by walking the first half of the walk as far as Valley/Llanynghenedl and the second from Llanfachraeth to Porth Trwyn or catch a bus between Llanynghenedl and Llanfachraeth to complete the entire section in one go.
Porth Trwyn Beach on Anglesey's Western Coast is a secret beauty worth finding for an excellent family beach fun day. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Man, so why not give coastalongers on the Road of the Gulls a metaphorical wave! This section of path runs through some of the remotest coastal scenery on Anglesey much of it owned and managed by the National Trust so take a minute to admire the beautiful views this route has to offer. Cemaes is a small fishing village with a range of local facilities, having won the Wales in Bloom competition on a number of occasions. Visit www.cemaes-bay.co.uk for further details
This section of coastal path starts at Cemaes Bay which is the most northerly village in Wales and home to a picturesque fishing harbour, wonderful sandy beaches and magnificent rugged headlands. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a geological hotspot and a haven for wildlife. The perfect place to start your Coast Along adventure! This section of path passes through spectacular coastal landscapes with refreshments available at Port Llechog. You will then continue along the path to Llanbadrig church which traces its origins back to the 5th century dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland St Patrick. The finishing point is at Amlwch, a small town with a range of local facilities. Visit www.amlwch.org for further details
Amlwch is situated on the north eastern corner of Anglesey. A small town with a long history of working traditions, it offers visitors a wide range of activities and a range of local facilities. Visit www.amlwch.org for further details. On this remote section of path you will ascend over 550 metres with fine views over the Dulas estuary. The coast path also passes through the car park of the Pilot Boat Inn at Dulas recommended by CAMRA so pop in for a cheeky pint! The walk finishes at Moelfre. A picturesque maritime village with a unique history, a working lifeboat, wonderful beaches, stunning coastline, spectacular countryside and plenty of things to see and do!
The walk starts at Moelfre. A picturesque maritime village with a unique history, a working lifeboat, wonderful beaches, stunning coastline, spectacular countryside and plenty of things to see and do! This is a low level walk with refreshments available at Benllech and two miles further on at Red Wharf Bay the coast path passes the front door of the Ship Inn, recommended by CAMRA. Pentraeth is a small village located a short distance from Red Wharf Bay with a limited range of facilities including parking.
Pentraeth is a small village located a short distance from Red Wharf Bay with a limited range of facilities including parking. This section of path involves a significant amount of shoreline walking and there are stunning views across the Menai Straits towards the Snowdonia National park. Beaumaris is a well known historic town on the Menai Strait with its medieval castle dating back to the reign of Edward I and its Victorian pier, gaol & courthouse. It is also a major centre for yachting and also boasts two golf courses within one mile of the town. The town has a full range of facilities including the Olde Bulls Head Inn recommended by CAMRA. See www.beaumaris.org.uk for further information
Beaumaris is a well known historic town on the Menai Strait with its medieval castle dating back to the reign of Edward I and its Victorian pier, gaol & courthouse. It is also a major centre for yachting and also boasts two golf courses within one mile of the town. The town has a full range of facilities including the Olde Bulls Head Inn recommended by CAMRA. See for further information. Much of this route is along roads but stunning views of the Menai Straits and the Menai bridges. The Menai Bridge was opened in 1826, one of the classic design and engineering projects of Thomas Telford. The path also passes the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, reputedly the longest place name in Europe! The Auckland Arms, the Tafarn y Bont and Victoria Hotel at Menai Bridge are recommended by CAMRA so do pop in for a well deserved drink!
The path from Moel y Don is the flattest section of the Anglesey coast path with stunning views across the Menai Straits to Caernarfon and Snowdonia. The battle of Moel y Don in 1282 was fought between the Welsh and English with Edward’s army forced back across the Menai Straits suffering heavy losses so a good walk for history lovers! Parking is available at Moel y Don with limited local facilities available inland at Brynsiencyn The landscape along this walk is attractive, with wooded farmland adjoining the shore, and the mountains and Caernarfon castle providing a backdrop on the other side of the water. You end the walk by heading inland to cross the tidal river Braint over a set of large stepping stones!
This section of the path takes you through a National Nature Reserve where you’ll enjoy dunes, conifer forest, and huge expanses of beach leading to the delightful island at Llanddwyn. The walk starts at Llyn Rhos Ddu which is a small freshwater lake with parking and an information point. Limited local facilities are available in the nearby village of Newborough. The remainder of the walk is a mixture of farmland and dunes, ending by joining the Ffraw estuary into Aberffraw itself. Snowdonia, and also the Lleyn Peninsula provide a powerful backdrop to the walk.
This section of the path highlights what the island is probably best known for – its sandy beaches. The path follows low rocky cliffs as far as the burial chamber of Barclodiad y Gawres at Cable Bay (Porth Trecastell). From here huge expanses of sandy beach backed by dunes stretch all the way to the Inland Sea, where you’ll join low lying farmland to Four Mile Bridge.
This section of the path begins along the shore, then heads inland slightly through woodland. The path then closely follows a diverse stretch of coastline with rocky inlets, intermittent sandy coves and a series of striking cliffs in unusual colours. You’ll pass the sea arches of ‘Bwa Gwyn’ and ‘Bwa Du’ before reaching a more developed section of coastline into Trearddur. Trearddur is a popular holiday resort with excellent sea fishing and scuba diving. Prince William and Kate Middleton dedicated a new lifboat here in February 2011!
You’ll gain over 600 metres of height on this challenging section of path including spectacular cliff scenery towards Holyhead Mountain. South Stack lighthouse is one of the iconic sights of Anglesey and is a very popular tourist spot with parking, toilets and refreshment. For further information visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses/south_stack.html. Breakwater country park provides further opportunity for refreshment before the final stretch into Holyhead.
You will enjoy miles of sandy beaches and glorious views across the Liverpool Bay and Irish Sea. The area is rich in history - the walk passes the Fort Perch Rock near New Brighton, built as a coastal defence during the Napoleonic period and now a Grade II listed building. This walk starts at Thurstaston Country Park, passes through West Kirby and Hoylake (where the Dee estuary meets the Irish Sea), continues through the North Wirral Country Park and New Brighton, along the Egremont Promenade before ending in Seacombe. The North Wirral Country Park is home to many forms of wildlife, and is one of the country’s premier sites for wading bird populations. Hoylake, West Kirby and Seacombe offer a wide range of excellent pubs, restaurants and hotels.
The Sefton Coastal Footpath starts as you walk onto Crosby Marine Park at the bottom of South Road in Waterloo. The site is ideal for many informal activities such as birdwatching, flying kites, walking, picnics. Facing west, there are fine views of the Gormley’s, the docks, North Wales and excellent sunsets. The path also features Anthony Gormley’s Another Place which is a collection of 100 life size statutes is on the beach at Crosby. The state of the tide will affect how many you can see! The navigable shipping channel for Liverpool docks run parallel to the beach so you may well see large ships just off the shore.
Features Royal Birkdale Golf Course, the venue for The Open in 2008; Ainsdale Discovery Centre, headquarters of Sefton Council’s Coast & Countryside Service; Sands Lake Nature Trail and several top rated nature reserves with Grass of Parnassus, wild Orchids, rare butterflies, Sand Lizards, Natterjack Toads, plus hordes of shorebirds in winter. Formby Point has four more excellent nature reserves; the National Trust’s famous Red Squirrel Reserve; the site of the UK’s oldest lifeboat station; magnificent sand dunes and pine woodlands; the tidal mudflats of the River Alt, yet more shorebirds and a church with a unique stained glass window featuring the wildlife of the Sefton Coast. Phew! Plenty to keep you busy along this route!
The route is flanked by the salt marshes of the Ribble which are managed by Natural England and Sefton Council and are suitable for cycling. Attractions include Marshside RSPB Reserve – one of the country’s top reserves for breeding wading birds; Southport’s wonderful pier, Marine Lake, The Promenade, Lord Street shopping and dining; the brand new suspension bridge; the Ocean Plaza complex and the Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail. Southport’s extensive events programme includes the Southport Flower Show and the Southport Air Show. A combination of trains from Ainsdale to Southport and buses to Crossens allow an easy return to your starting point.
The walk from Freckleton to Fairhaven Lake offers a beautiful walk down the Fylde coastal path. Once you've reached the end of this lovely walk, you will be in one of the boroughs most popular attractions Fairhaven Lake.
Fairhaven Lake is one of the borough's most popular attractions. Nestled between Lytham and St Anne's, a salt water lake, positioned directly on the coast next to Granny's Bay and Stanner Bank. This picturesque stretch of coastline is lined with well tended lawns, a boating lake and pretty parks. The rolling sand dunes of St Annes-on-Sea and the Ribble Estuary adjacent to Lytham make a safe haven for more than 250,000 migrating birds that flock here in winter. Blackpool Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in the country standing at 518 feet at the top of the flagstaff. The Tower took nearly 3 years to build and opened on Whit Monday 1894. Many of the original attractions are as popular today as they ever were, such as the ballroom and the lift to the top.
You can use Blackpool’s iconic tram system to return to the start of your walk. This section is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.From Blackpool, follow the coast up to Fleetwood passing Rossall School which was adapted in 1884 from one of the Fylde’s most famous houses, for the education of the. sons of Anglican clergy and gentry. Formerly the home of the Hesketh-Fleetwoods, little of the original house remains. The Victorian town of Fleetwood, in Wyre, is nestled at the meeting point of the majestic River Wyre and the Irish Sea and with its long stretch of sandy beach, it’s a popular seaside destination for families. Fleetwood is believed to be the first planned town of the Victorian Era and Queen Victoria herself passed through it on her way from London to Scotland in 1847. Fleetwood’s Victorian buildings and monuments are still some of its most appealing attractions
This route follows the edge of the Lune estuary SSSI for most of the way. This is an internationally important area for migrating birds and wildfowl. It is second only to the Wash in England in bird numbers and is the major site for oystercatchers and curlew. You will pass Fluke Hall, to the south of Pilling, which is an attractive small house now used as a nursing home. The name refers to the local name for flatfish. The route from Lane Ends to Cockerham veers inland and not along the embankment, to which access is restricted for conservation reasons. Winmarleigh Moss lies just to the south of the route. This is on of the last remaining areas of uncultivated mossland on the Lancashire coast – most the rest was drained for farming many years ago. Glasson Dock was opened in 1787 as a port for Lancaster. Despite being connected to the Lancaster canal in 1826 it never achieved the trade its sponsors hoped for. It now provides a safe haven for both canal and sea-going boats.
The path to Morecambe also follows an old railway line and shares space with national cycle route 6. Again it is suitable for for both wheelchairs and pushchairs.. Overlooking the river Lune, and the fabulous Georgian architecture of St. George’s Quay sits Lancaster Maritime Museum. The Museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings which date from the second half of the 18th century. The buildings along the quayside developed around this time as a result of the success of overseas trade. Alongside the Museum are buildings, which belonged to prosperous Quaker slave trader Dodshon Foster. The museum is open every day, from 11 to 5 in the summer months.The art deco Midland Hotel, right on the front at Morecambe, has been painstakingly restored by Urban Splash and afternoon tea here would provide a fitting end to this section of the walk. Just along the front is the statue to one of Morecambe’s most famous sons, Eric Morecambe.
Stations at Morecambe and Silverdale provide the option of a return to your start by rail, although you will need to change trains at Lancaster. The route north from Morecambe provides excellent views of the wide expanse of Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Fells beyond. Carnforth has a long association with the railways dating back to 1846, when the first station opened. The town further expanded when it formed the junction of 3 railway lines. Later, Carnforth was also linked to the coalfields of Durham by the South Durham and Lancashire railway. The station was also used in the film Brief Encounter and the waiting room has been restored to replicate the tearooms in the film. Warton Crag is a prominent limestone hill which lies on the southern edge of the Arnside/Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just off the route. A small but exceptionally beautiful and nationally significant landscape of low limestone hills, crags and pavements, fine deciduous woodlands, sheltered valleys and intimate pastures enclosed by drystone walls and hedgerows. The Lancashire Coastal Way officially ends at Jenny Brown’s Point, where the Cumbria Coastal Way takes over. You can cut inland to end your walk at Silverdale station and this will add about 1.1 miles to your journey.
On this lovely walk you can take in the stunning views of Morecambe bay and take in a great many beautiful and interesting towns and villages, including the Arnside - Silverdale Area which is designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. The first part of the walk, from Jenny Brown’s Point through Silverdale, has splendid panoramic views south across the Bay from Clougha right round to Black Combe in Cumbria, with Morecambe and Heysham prominent in the centre
The path along the former railway from Arnside provides exceptional views, that includes Coniston fells, the Fairfield horseshoe, the Kentmere Fells, the Howgill Fells and the Langdale Pikes. When you reach Grange-over-sands, you can admire this beautiful small Victorian seaside resort on the west shore of Morecambe bay. Whilst it may look inviting at low tide to walk across the sands from Arnside to Grange, this is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted unless as part of a guided walk with an experienced guide
This walk takes you through lovely, quiet country lanes where you can really enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
On can follow the footpath along the beautiful Ulverston Canal, which is said to be the deepest, widestest and straightest canal in the UK
Walking from Ulverston to Roa Island provides a lovely walk where you can view beautiful flora and birdlife.
This is a lovely, easy walk that takes you to Barrow-in-Furness, the largest town in Cumbria.
On this route you can walk the paths and trails of wooded valleys to beautiful open spaces.
This is a stunning coastal walk through beautiful greenery and quiet lanes
Taking you along beautiful sandy beaches, to grassy dunes. Expect to see lots of birdlife, You may even be lucky enough to see a whale, seal or dolphin!!
This is a wonderful coastal walk, where you can see the small River Irt, and take in the beautiful sights of a wide range of flora and fauns at the Drigg local nature reserve. And you can finish this exciting walk at the popular holiday resort St Bees, which some say is 'the finest in the country'.
If you like history you'll love this path. On this walk you will pass the sight of Haig Pit, which mined coal from up to 7km under the Irish Sea. The site is now a working museum with access from the coast path. You can also read up on Whitehavens port history at The Beacon Visitor Centre.
There is rich variety of wildlife and unusual flower species that you can spot on this walk. Which highlights the beautiful sight of the River Derwent.
This coastal path takes you to Siddick Pond, here there are extensive reed beds and over 150 bird species have been spotted here, along with a large collection of wild flowers, this makes for a stunning walk.
This walk will take you through Allonby which a lovely and popular point where you can stop for refreshments. From Dubmill Point the dunes stretch out almost continuously for 8km and form the beautiful Silloth Dunes and Mawbray Bank (but the habitats are fragile here so please stick to the path or use the beach).
This is a long walk, but its worth it for the lovely sights you'll see along the way, as it follows the boundary of Gibbs Meadow a herb rich meadowland just 10m above sea level.
The route from Kirkbride will take you past remote lands with fine views across Moricambe Bay and the Solway.
On this path you will walk through Beaumont, it means beautiful hill. It is on a wooded bluff above the River Eden on the site of a Roman milecastle, which makes for quite a view!
This route follows the north bank of the Eden, here you can take in incredible sights of small red sandstone cliffs and spot excellent views of the Solway estuary, the northern Lake District Fells and the Northern Pennines along this stretch.
The route starts at the Kincardine Bridge and consists of made up paths with two small sections of rough farm track. The path gradient is flat to easy with a couple of small steep inclines. This section of the coastal path is a curious blend of modern industry, cultural heritage, valued nature reserve and iconic bridges so plenty to keep your eyes peeled for! The Unicorn Inn in Kincardine offers a welcome rest point. The 17th Century coaching Inn, established 1639 in the heart of an historic port town - Kincardine. The Unicorn Inn was the birthplace of celebrated physicist and chemist Sir James Dewar (1842-1923), inventor of the vacuum flask, and the first person to liquefy hydrogen gas.
The route starts at the Burntisland Coastal Path car park and there is a variety of unmade paths and rough terrain along this route so please take care. This is a walk steeped in history as you pass many historical landmarks key to the areas past from Seafields Tower to Ravenscraig Park which features a 16th centuary beehive doocot and the“Sailor’s Walk”. West Wemyss was also once one of the most important ports in Fife, trading in coal and salt with the Continent. The area is also home to the Wemyss family and passes the 14th centaury Castle en route to East Wemyss. Note: Take care at high tide on the section between West Wemyss and East Weymss.
Part of Fife’s Industrial area the villages of East Wemyss, Buckhaven and Methil are all reminders of Fife’s vibrant past. From coal mining to ship building remnants of days gone by are still prominent in the landscape. The path climbs up to the remains of Macduff Castle, which as history is told is linked to the Thane of Fife, who slew Macbeth. The path then passes through fields and along an old tramway to Buckhaven, then through urban and industrial areas to Methil. Of interest are the Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital and Methil Heritage Centre. The route starts at East Wemyss Coastal Path car park and there is a variety of unmade paths and rough terrain along this route so please take care.
The route follows the abandoned railway and coastline to Dumbarnie wildlife reserve. This reserve is made up of calcareous dunes noted for birds, butterflies and flowers. The path climbs from Shell Bay to Kincraig Point. Along the top of these cliffs remnants of Fife’s military heritage can be seen with World War II look out posts and gun placements. This vantage point on a clear day offers commanding views both to the sea and inland over vast expanses of Fife. After Kincraig Point there is an alternative route via the ‘Chainwalk’ – an exciting and unique scramble along cliffs using chains for handrails. Suitable for fit, experienced walkers with a good head for heights. Best done east to west. The route starts at Lower Largo Temple car park and finishes at Pittenweem Harbour. There is a variety of unmade paths and rough terrain along this route so please take care.
Pittenweem is Fife’s only working fishing harbour, and is the site of a cave used by St Fillan in the 7th century – your route starts here! The path borders the Anstruther Golf Course, and along the rockyshore past Billow Ness to the four old royal burghs which constitute Anstruther. There is a variety of unmade paths and rough terrain along this route so please take care. The route continues through the narrow streets of Cellardyke, passing its picturesque harbour north eastward towards Crail. Leading onto Fife Ness the path is challenging in places with narrower and altogether rougher terrain. It passes the Kilminning Coast Wildlife Reserve before finishing at Fife Ness Coastal Path car park.
This path passes the coastguard station, a WW11 gun emplacement and bird hide then joins a narrow road, past caravans and the remains of an old harbour – so plenty to spot! Buddo Rock is a prominent feature, an impressive stack of pink sandstone seen en route to Kittocks Den and the St Andrews Bay golf course. Another prominent feature, The Rock and Spindle, is the weathered remains of a volcanic plug. The base features a circleof basalt rays. The path then leaves the beach and climbs a flight of steps to Kinkell Ness and the Kinkell Braes Caravan Park then descends to the East Sands, St. Andrews. From the East Sands the path crosses the swing bridge and through the harbour. One route leads over the cliffs and past the Castle with its bottle dungeon. The other route runs through the town with its many attractions. The path between Crail and St Andrews is very challenging in places. Some sections of the route are not passable at high tide. Look out for warning signs. Check tide times with the coastguard (tel: 01333 450 666) before setting out. At high tides between Fife Ness and Kingsbarns wait until the tide recedes and the path is clear
The route starts at St Andrews Aquarium and the route consists of easy made up path with flat terrain along with unmade paths and rough terrain. The path runs behind the Old Course Hotel and follows the Fife Cycle Way along the road to Guardbridge. From Kinshaldy the trail parallels the coast passing a large icehouse, once used to store salmon, en route to the Tentsmuir Point National Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to a diverse variety of wildlife including birds, bats, red squirrels, seals and butterflies so a lovely walk for those looking to spot some local wildlife. The path along the Tay Estuary runs along the edge of the dunes to Lundin Bridge then on to Tayport and the Tay Bridge
The route starts at Fisherrow Harbour and then takes you over the River Esk, near its mouth where osytercatchers and other wader birds are attracted by the mussel beds and rich feeding in the estuary. You will pass Musselburgh Race Course and Musselburgh links golf course where it is suggested that Mary Queen of Scots enjoyed playing in 1567! The history lesson doesn’t stop there as after passing through West Pans, a coastal village which was once located on a small rocky peninsula, you will then cross the Industrial Heritage Museum which charts the history of local industries from the 12th century to present day – definitely the route for history buffs!
The route starts at Cockenzie and Port Seton and the section between Cockenzie Harbour and Port Seton Harbour involves some steps and inclines before then continuing along side the Seton Sands beach. The path follows through Longniddry past a large area of sea buckthorn. This is a vigorous shrub that was introduced to help to stabilise the sand dunes. If you’re very quiet you may be lucky enough to spot a water vole in one of the burns at Longniddry Bents, one of the few sites where they are found in East Lothian. This coastal route also takes you past Gosford House and Grounds, an example of an 18th century designed landscape. Gosford Bay is also a good site for seeing wading birds such as grey plover and dunlin. The end of the route passes by the 16th century Kilspindie Castle which is on a site which has a complex history dating back to the prehistoric period. The route ends at Aberlady which is a fine example of a medieval village dating from at least the 7th Century AD.
The route starts at Aberlady by Aberlady Bay and passes the magnificent gates of Luffness House, where there has been a house or castle on this site since the 12th century. The route then passes through Gullane and here you are right at the heart of golf country! Dirleton is the next village you will pass through and is regarded as one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland with its large village green, 16th century church, castle and traditional cottages. From Dirleton, follow the path towards Yellowcraig, a popular beach and grassland area. The route from Dirleton runs along the side of a golf course. Please keep to the path, keep dogs under control and try not to disturb play. The route finishes at North Berwick. This section of the John Muir Way offers many opportunities for wildlife spotting so don’t forget your binoculars!
The route starts at North Berwick and passes North Berwick Law which is a volcanic plug that was formed 350 million years ago. On the summit are the ruins of a Napoleonic signalling station. The route then takes you towards East Linton, a village which dates back to the 16th century. You will then walk towards the John Muir Country Park which covers 730 hectares along the coast from Dunbar Harbour to the River Tyne Estuary and is beautifully maintained so people can enjoy the coast here – enjoy! There are quite a number of steps and some steep slopes on the way to Dunbar Harbour, where this route finishes. The route also runs close to the cliffs in places so care must be taken.This section also runs along the side of a golf course so please keep to the path, keep dogs under control and try not to disturb play. Stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended as some areas are quite remote
The route starts at Dunbar and then continues past the old Harbour which dates from 1555. There are some steep inclines and narrow paths. At East Links, the wall separating the esplanade from the drive to the golf course was built to defend Dunbar during Napoleonic Wars. The path now takes you past Catcraig, Barns Ness and towards Skateraw, all areas with archaeological remains. Stout footwear is recommended along this section. When passing the golf course please keep to the path, keep dogs under control and try not to disturb play. The next part of the path passes Torness Nuclear Power Station which was built in the 1980’s. When you reach Bilsdean please be aware of the dangers if walking along the beach as you can be cut off by the tide. The shoreline is also quite rocky and can be slippery. The route to Dunglass involves some steps and steep inclines, stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended as some areas are remote. The route finishes in Dunglass
Before staring from Dowlaw Farm, taking a visit down the hill to Fast Castle, the ruined remains of a coastal fortress, is recommended. It does add 2km but is well worth! As you walk along the route there are great views to Fife to north and Holy Island to south (if clear). Be aware, and enjoy, the rugged coast near St Abbs lighthouse which is one of the principal lights in Scotland and marks the southern entrance to the Firth of Forth. The lighthouse is now fully automated, with the status of the light being remotely monitored from the head quarters of the Northern Lighthouse Board, in Edinburgh. Stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended as some areas are remote and there is rough terrain. The route passes through the picturesque village of St Abbs before finishing at the historic town of Eyemouth which lies five miles north of the border. The mouth of the River Eye provides a natural harbour and sandy beaches. Fishing at Eyemouth dates back to the 13th century and today the harbour is still active with its colourful fleet. The busy town has cobbled streets, narrow "pends" or archways leading to small courtyards, and "wynds", narrow passageways between the buildings
The walk begins in the historic town of Berwick on Tweed, the Northernmost town in England, on the east coast at the mouth of the River Tweed. It is situated 2.5 miles (4 km) south of the Scottish border. You will see the Elizabethan Town Walls that were built to keep the invading Scots out of the town. Built between 1558 and 1570, the walls were the most expensive building project of England's Golden Age. From the top of these walls you can take in some spectacular views over the wide estuary of the River Tweed including Stephenson's famous viaduct bridge, hailed as one of the finest in the world and is now lit at dusk. Take time to look round historic Berwick, see http://www.exploreberwick.co.uk/ Make this a longer walk by going onto Holy Island. Allow 3 extra hours which includes a stop in the village. The causeway is open from 9.45am to 3.05pm. You cannot cross before this time or leave after this time. The walk begins in the historic town of Berwick on Tweed, the Northernmost town in England, on the east coast at the mouth of the River Tweed. It is situated 2.5 miles (4 km) south of the Scottish border. You will see the Elizabethan Town Walls that were built to keep the invading Scots out of the town. Built between 1558 and 1570, the walls were the most expensive building project of England's Golden Age. From the top of these walls you can take in some spectacular views over the wide estuary of the River Tweed including Stephenson's famous viaduct bridge, hailed as one of the finest in the world and is now lit at dusk. Take time to look round historic Berwick, see http://www.exploreberwick.co.uk/ Make this a longer walk by going onto Holy Island. Allow 3 extra hours which includes a stop in the village. The causeway is open from 9.45am to 3.05pm. You cannot cross before this time or leave after this time.
This walk begins at the small village of Fenwick, you will pass through Kyloe Woods to reach Kyloe Ridge where you will find the best views of the Northumberland Coast. A detour can be made to St Cuthbert's Cave which offers superb views of the Cheviot Hills before reaching Belford where there are accommodation, food, a hostel and camping facilities.
This walk begins at the town of Belford, you will pass Budle point with fantastic views to Budle Bay and Holy Island and pass through the historic village of Bamburgh, once capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria where the castle still remains. The route ends at the bustling fishing port of Seahouses, famous for its fish and chip restaurants and as the disembarkation point for thousands of visitors to the Farne Islands which lie a few miles offshore. You can follow an old railway line that used to bring coal to the harbour and visit the lifeboat station, there is a tourist information centre here as well as accommodation, camping and food.
Beadnell Bay is one of the most popular holiday areas on the north east coast, present-day Beadnell consists of three villages in one, Beadnell Harbour, the old Beadnell Village and Beadnell Haven. The harbour is of considerable age and was probably constructed in the eighteenth century, as were the limekilns, which are now under the protection of the National Trust. The village has probably been inhabited for several thousand years, and Bronze-Age burial chambers have been discovered along the shore. The walk then passes what is considered by many to be one of the most picturesque villages on The Northumberland Coast, the small isolated 18th century fishing village of Low Newton by the Sea is popular with visitors all year round. Owned by The National Trust, the village consists of an open-ended square of cream-washed cottages set around a green and looking out to sea across the beach of Newton Haven. The hub of the village is The Ship Inn (originally known as the Smack Inn), a popular and friendly pub serving an excellent range of bar meals. A great place to end the walk is at the Fishermans Arms in Craster
The walk begins at Craster, best known for its kippers, L Robson and Sons Ltd have supplied the Royal Family in the past. The kippers and smoked salmon are prepared in the traditional method of oak smoking – don’t leave until you give them a try! This walk passes the picturesque coastal village, Alnmouth was originally founded as a medieval borough or new town in 1150. Alnmouth became established as a grain port and shipbuilding centre between the years of 1207 and 1208 and today remains a beautiful and interesting village and is worth exploring. There are a variety of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and gift shops for the discerning visitor to enjoy. The walk ends at the ancient fortified village of Warkworth which has a long history, built on a rocky spur within a tight loop of the River Coquet, close to the river mouth Warkworth is one of the jewels in the Northumberland crown, a pretty village that is unspoilt by both modern development and tourism.
Four things stand out at Warkworth above all others, the Castle, the Norman bridge, the Church and the Hermitage. Try and visit one of these while you are visiting! The Hermitage is especially lovely and located half a mile upstream of the castle on the north bank of the river. It can be reached by following a path along the south bank until you reach a boat landing, where a small boat can be hired to cross to the hermitage. Hidden by trees and carved into the rock the hermitage includes a chapel, confessional and dormitory. The walks then heads towards Amble which is Northumberland's most important fishing centre north of the Tyne, and leisure sailing has also become important, the town has many good shops, pubs and ideal fast food and restaurants. The walk then takes in the seven-mile sweep of magnificent golden sands at Druridge Bay which is considered by many to be the finest bay on the Northumberland Coast. You will finish at Cresswel, an old village, with a pele tower dating to the 14th century, with the tower scenically set in a belt of trees
The starting point is Saltburn Pier and why not start your journey by taking a stroll and enjoy the Victorian grandeur of the iron pier! Watch out for the metal sculptures to the south of Saltburn by Richard Farrington. Leaving the pier follow Saltburn road, keeping the sea on your left, cross the bridge and follow the coastal path near the Ship Inn. Ascend the steep path to Huntcliff which was one of a number of Roman signalling stations situated along the Yorkshire coast which were built as watchtowers to protect against the threat of Anglo-Saxon raids from Denmark and Germany. From here, follow the National Trail coastal signs and you will pass the Guibal Fan House, a derelict concrete building, which was a ventilation shaft for Skelton mine. The top of the filled shaft is visible as a ring of bricks just to the south of the fan house. Continuing along the coast you will then descend Warsett Hill and cross the golden Cattersty Sands – a perfect coastal walk! But it doesn’t end here, and you will then pass through the former mining village of Skinningrove and ascend the cliff path once again. Taking care as you near the edge at Boulby cliff. Eventually you will meet Cowbar Lane, which will take you onwards to Cowbar where you walk over the foot bridge towards Staithes and finish your journey at the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre
The starting point is Captain Cook’s Cottage in Staithes. Leaving the village leave ascend steeply up Church Street towards the cliff-top path which you continue along, crossing stiles and eventually across Beacon Hill. A National Trust sign marks reaching Port Mulgrave, descend the stone steps towards the old harbour. On the beach at Port Mulgrave, it is possible to see the bricked-up entrance of the former ironstone drift mine. Port Mulgrave grew up during the iron-mining boom of the 19th century and there was a narrow-gauge railway to take ore from the Grinkle mines to the port. From here, ascend the steep clifftop path and continue on through various fields towards Runswick Bay. At Runswick Bay, follow the road to the village and then along the shore to Hob Holes. Ascend towards the clifftop path and follow it along, eventually descending the path towards Sandsend. Something to look out for on this walk is fossils! The fossilised remains of two Plesiosaurs were found at the old alum works at Ravenscar and the area is well known for fossils. It is nicknamed the "Dinosaur Coast" being predominantly of the Middle and Lower Lias Period. Common found fossils include ammonites and belemnites – keep an eye out and send us your photos!
The starting point is St Oswalds Church, Sandsend. St Oswalds Church contains an exhibition of rare ‘humpback’ Viking gravestones which are worth a look before starting the walk down Lythe Bank towards the sea crossing the bridge. At low tide only, it is possible to walk the 3 miles from Sandsend to Whitby, eventually meeting the twin jetties of Whitby Harbour. If the tide is in, from the car park at the foot of Lythe Bank follow the Cleveland Way path. Walk towards Whitby, crossing the swing bridge. Walk down Church Street and take the steps towards St Mary’s Church. Pass through the churchyard towards Whitby Abbey. Set on a headland high over the popular seaside town, Whitby Abbey is the perfect choice for a great value day trip in Yorkshire. It's easy to see how Bram Stoker was inspired by its gothic splendour when writing Dracula. This is one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions on the Yorkshire coast so pop in! Keeping on along the coastal path, following the Abbey wall until you reach the Cleveland Way signed path, crossing a field to get to the cliff edge. Eventually passing the Whitby fog horn, the path goes round the back of the lighthouse and continues along the clifftops. Continue on the clifftop path eventually approaching the outskirts of Robin Hood’s Bay. Here, brooding cliffs tower over a huddle of red roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the edge of the sea, creating a ‘lost in time' getaway for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery. Why not join us for a bracing walk topped off with a fireside drink in a cosy inn?
Start the walk at The Old Coastguard Station on the Dock. If the tide is out, walk the beach as far as Boggle Hole, where the beach ends. Go over the Beck footbridge and rejoin the trail. Alternatively, if the tide is in, ascend to the cliff top path at Stoupe Beck and follow the clifftop path to Ravenscar. Ravenscar is of great geological importance no least due to its fossil invertebrate faunas which can be found. Petard Point marks the descent down towards Hayburn Wyke, a broad-leaved wooded 'Wyke' with attractive waterfall leading to a stony cove. Follow the route up through the woods to regain the cliff top before descending gradually to Cloughton Wyke.
Head down Newlands Lane towards the coast and follow the signs for the Cleveland Way National Trail. Go south on the path and continue on this cliff-top walk for the next three miles. At Crook Ness follow the path towards the shore before continuing on the clifftop path. Crook Ness shore reveals fossilised dinosaur footprints in the sandstone. Most of the fossils at Crook Ness can be found by searching at the base of the cliff and scree slopes especially after heavy rain. Heavy rain washes fossils down from the clay and these can be picked up at the base. Sometimes the foreshore can be scoured out and this also makes excellent collecting opportunity. This area is not suitable for children as the shoreline is rocky and unsafe in places. Passing by Crooks Ness, you descend the cliffs and cross Scalby Beck at the side of Scalby Mills public house. If the tide is out walk the beach towards Scarborough, or take the promenade towards Peasholme Park turning right after the Scarborough sands apartments. Finish the walk in the lovely Japanese inspired grounds of Peasholm Park – a lovely and different end to a coastal walk!
The starting point is Scarborough train station. Turning right out of the train station walk towards Valley Bridge. Cross the road and turn left down Somerset Terrace, crossing over the roundabout continue onto Falconers Road. Descend to the beach either by the tramway, steep steps or path and heading South, walk the beach or the Foreshore past the Scarborough Spa. Continue until the beach comes to an end and ascend Holbeck Hill and pick up the clifftop walk with signposts for the Cleveland Way. Walk through the woods at Osgodby then drop into Cayton Bay which is beautiful whatever time of the year you visit. It is a favourite with surfers, bird watchers and fossil hunters or those who just want to relax and admire this area of unspoilt natural beauty. Following onwards towards Castle Rocks and Yons Nab near Lebberston Cliff, you then carry on along past The Wyke, gradually descending until the Cleveland Way reaches its end. Turn right along the path to Filey, or walk towards the end of Filey Brigg and if the tide is out, walk the remaining distance from Filey Brigg towards Filey. At very low tide in Filey a ridge of rocks known as the Spittals, half way along the Brigg and stretching out to sea in a south east direction, can be seen and it has often been said that it is the remains of a Roman pier!
Holme means dry ground in marsh or water meadow and the pretty little village of Holme-next-the-Sea is located within the North Norfolk Heritage Coast and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a lovely place to start your walk! The Peddars Way, which starts near Thetford and joins the coast path at Holme, is one of the most substantial and best preserved of Norfolk’s Roman roads. It is possible that a Roman ferry went across the wash to Lincolnshire from this point. As you follow the boardwalk through the Holme Dunes reserve the beach to your left is where the 4000 year old timber circle was discovered. It is now in King’s Lynn museum. The coast path diverts inland at Thornham to avoid the sluice but the views coming into Brancaster are well worth slight diversion! See here for more information http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/PeddarsWay/uploads/2%20-%20Thornham%20to%...
Brancaster derives from the Celtic name meaning ‘crow foot’ and this coastal area is a bird-watching paradise! There are also spectacular salt-marsh views and acres of pale sand which are perfect for a variety of activities from kite flying to cricket. Famous for its mussels, visit the fishing village of Brancaster Staithe which is the base for the National Trust Millennium Centre with has the aim of conserving 4,000 acres of salt marsh, intertidal mud and sand flats.Top Tip: The Jolly Sailor in Brancaster Staithe is recommended in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide!
Burnham Overy Staithe is a small coastal village in one of the most attractive areas of the North Norfolk Coast, close to Burnham Market. Sailors, walkers and birdwatchers all enjoy this area immensely. The coast here is a series of creeks and salt marshes often with paths through to the sandy beaches beyond. Most of the coast is protected by the National Trust and other nature trusts, being in the heart of the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that covers much of the North Norfolk Coast. The coast path runs through the 10,130 acre Holkham National Nature Reserve with magnificent views inland to Holkham Park. A little fact is that Lord Nelson was born at nearby Burnham Thorpe and is remembered in numerous pub names in the area!
Stiffkey is generally pronounced ‘Stewkey’ and is one of the few coastal villages that that has no tradition as a port, of fishing, nor more recently as a base for yachtsmen. However, it does have a reputation for its cockles and bait-diggers have long used its expanse of seashore beyond the salt marsh. The coast path follows the landward side of internationally recognised extensive salt marshes of great landscape and wildlife interest. There are local facilities at Stiffkey, Marston, Blakeney, Cley-next-the-sea and Weybourne so you won’t go short on pubs along this stretch! Scattered along the coast are relics of gun emplacements and pillboxes reminding us of the fears of invasion from across the channel!
Weybourne derives from old English for spring or stream, and is a fishing resort situated in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are remains of an old Augustinian priory founded around 1200 AD on the site of a simpler Saxon church which are worth a look in! Since this village is a designated conservation area, there are many fine examples of Norfolk brick and flint cottages to see dating from the 17th century, through to modern replicas. The village is surrounded by well-ordered arable fields, woodland and heathland. The area is excellent for walking, enjoying the countryside and coast. There are opportunities to see wildlife, sea-fishing on Weybourne Beach and bird-watching are very popular. Enjoy good old fashioned seaside activities at Sheringham and Cromer where there are a full range of facilities. With its pier and its two museums, wide open beaches, spectacular cliffs and famous pier shows, there's lots to enjoy in Cromer so is a great place to finish your walk!
Follow the Saxon Shore Way markers from the town centre along Faversham Creek to the Swale Estuary. Look out for the traditional Thames Barges! Faversham, a Fair Trade Town, has the longest preserved street; the oldest brewery and the oldest gunpowder mill in the country so a great place to explore while you are in the area! Whitstable, sometimes called The Pearl of Kent, is famous for its oyster beds and the Oyster Festival which takes place every July. Along the walk you will see the 30 turbines of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm which are clearly visible off shore. If you are looking for a bit more adventure during the walk, then there are boat trips from Whitstable to view the wind farm, or seal colonies.
From Whitstable’s shingle beach you can enjoy some stunning views over the sea – perhaps while supping a pint at the Old Neptune pub, one of few in the country actually on the water’s edge. The way marked Saxon Shore Way follows the sea wall for the length of this section up to Herne Bay. Once you arrive at the bay, you’ll fall in love with the British seaside all over again. With its innate charm and superb coastline, the town offers a treat for the senses. Candyfloss and coffee shops compete for your attention against the timeless wonder of the sea. Whether you relax on the beach with a picnic or take a dip in the inviting water, Herne Bay will take you back to the holidays of your childhood. And you can be safe in the knowledge that Herne Bay’s beaches are among the best. Children can create their own magic memories in a safe environment while being inspired by the jet-skiers and sailing boats that take to the waves.
The Saxon Shore is clearly waymarked along this section. Herne Bay is a popular seaside resort which has 19th century origins and the 30 turbines of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm are clearly visible off shore. For those in search of traditional seaside magic, you will find it in Herne Bay. Two miles of splendid seafront offer seaside favourites in the shape of candyfloss, ice cream parlours, cafés, friendly pubs and fish and chip bars. From Bishopstone Glen to Reculver a path option along the undercliff allows good views of the geological layers that have been revealed by constant erosion. On reaching Reculver, the ruined church sits on a prominent headland that is now a Country Park, managed in partnership by Canterbury City Council, English Heritage and Kent Wildlife Trust. A byname for the towers of the ruined church is the "Twin Sisters" and they are Reculver's most dominant features so be sure to get us a picture!
The ruined church at Reculver sits on a prominent headland that is now a Country Park, managed in partnership by Canterbury City Council, English Heritage and Kent Wildlife Trust. At Reculver, the Saxon Shore Way leaves the coast to make its way inland, following the shoreline of the old Wantsum Channel that once separated the Isle of Thanet from mainland Kent. A concrete track along the top of the sea defences provides a bracing walk and cycle route to Minnis Bay. The modern day coast path continues along the sea wall and is way marked Thanet Coast Path, and Wantsum Walk. Minnis Bay is a long sandy bay on the outskirts of Birchington with rocky and shingle areas, promenade and paddling pool – the perfect place to let the kids run around!
From the rural surroundings of Minnis Bay this section follows the Thanet Coastal Path or the Viking Coastal Trail into the heart of the busy seaside town of Margate. Travel on foot or on a bike in either direction, mainly along the promenades, but at West Bay the route follows a cliff top road for a short way. Minnis Bay is a long sandy bay on the outskirts of Birchington, with extensive mussel beds and many of the eight bays along this section hold Seaside or Blue Flag awards, making this the perfect seaside walk with the family! Margate combines traditional and contemporary seaside attractions and amenities along the promenade and around the small harbour, including a an 18 hole mini-golf course right on the promenade. Watch the tides: The idea of walking from one bay to another may be appealing but ensure you don’t get cut off by the tide. High and Low tide information is often written at each beach by the Bay Inspector, or from www.portoframsgate.co.uk
From the heart of the busy seaside town of Margate this section follows the Thanet Coastal Path or the Viking Coastal Trail around Foreness Point, to North Foreland and Joss Bay.The 100 turbines of the newly constructed Thanet Off-Shore Wind Farm can be seen 12 kilometres off Foreness Point and are quite the sight! http://www.warwickenergy.com/pdf/ThanetNTSlr.pdf. The path takes in many bays, one of which is Walpole Bay which has one of the last Victorian tidal swimming pools to be built – take a dip if you are feeling brave! Continuing along the route you will then pass, Botany Bay has breathtaking chalk features and Kingsgate Bay which has some of the best examples of chalk caves in the country. •
From Joss Bay this section follows the Thanet Coastal Path or the Viking Coastal Trail around Foreness Point, through the resort of Broadstairs to the outskirts of Ramsgate. Broadstairs, often described as one of the loveliest seaside towns in Britain, is also famous for its connections with Charles Dickens. The Dickens House Museum and Bleak House is right on the coast so pop in for a bit of history. As you make your way up the coast, you will walk by a variety of bays, including Viking Bay which has everything for the traditional seaside holiday, and Stone Bay and Louisa Bay which are great for rockpooling. Dumpton Gap is one of the best low tide walking routes to Ramsgate to view the natural profile of cliff to sea but watch the tides: The idea of walking from one bay to another may be appealing but ensure you don’t get cut off by the tide. High and Low tide information is often written at each beach by the Bay Inspector, or from www.portoframsgate.co.uk . The walk ends at The King George VI Memorial Park which is formed from the clifftop grounds of the demolished East Cliff House.
This section follows the Thanet Coastal Path or the Viking Coastal Trail from the outskirts of Ramsgate to the clifftop at Pegwell Bay. The King George VI Memorial Park has been formed from the clifftop grounds of East Cliff House, the home for over fifty years of the nineteenth-century philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore, The Italianate Greenhouse has been restored but is not open to the public at the weekends. Pegwell Bay is part of Kent’s largest National Nature Reserve and the unprotected sea cliffs are of great geological interest. The Viking Ship ‘Hugin’, on permanent display on the cliff top at Pegwell Bay is a replica of a Viking ship which sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain, the traditional landing of Hengist and Horsa and the bethrothal of Hengist's daughter, Rowena, to King Vortigen of Kent.
Sandwich, one of the original Cinque Ports, was once the greatest port and fourth largest town in England. The entire town is a conservation area and Strand Street has what is considered to be the longest continuous stretch of timber-framed buildings in the country. Sandwich Bay is an important area of unimproved sand dunes, mudflats, saltmarsh and dune pasture, important for rare plant life and overwintering birds so plenty to keep an eye out for as you walk along. Deal, a Corporate Member of the Cinque Ports, is often referred to as one of the gems of the East Kent coast and it’s attractions include the last remaining public pier in Kent, and Henry V11’s castle! The White Cliffs Country Trail leads from Sandwich Quay to the coast to rejoin the Saxon Shore Way crossing the Royal St Georges Golf Club and later passing the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
The Saxon Shore Way & White Cliffs Country Trail follow the seafront at Deal, Walmer, and Kingsdown climbing up for a cliff top walk before descending to towards St Margarets Bay. Deal, a Corporate Member [limb] of the Cinque Ports, is often referred to as one of the gems of the East Kent coast and its attractions include the last remaining public pier in Kent, and Henry V11’s castle! Walmer Castle, another of Henry’s castles, is the official residence of The Lord Warden of The Cinque Ports. The Castle and gardens are open to the public until 4pm on Saturdays so do pop in and take a look around. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk. The ‘First Light Coast’ is the name given to the isolated 'island' of countryside and coastline in the which surrounds the lovely seaside village of St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe with it's secluded cove at St. Margaret's Bay. High on the cliffs an obelisk commemorates The Dover Patrol, and a nearby coastguard lookout has been converted to a tearoom with spectacular views
An exhilarating walk along the top of the famous White Cliffs of Dover, and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The path starts and finishes at sea level with a steep ascent or descent at either end. http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk . The ‘First Light Coast’ is the name given to the isolated 'island' of countryside and coastline which surrounds the lovely seaside village of St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe with its secluded cove at St. Margaret's Bay. Please stay away from the cliff edge, due to erosion and cliff falls. The path passes high above the busy cross–channel ferry terminal of the Port of Dover. Nearby is Dover Castle, now richly re-furnished as it would have been in the 12th century, in anticipation of a visit by King Henry 11. Visitors to the Castle can also explore the secret World War 11 tunnels deep in the chalk cliffs. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk
Between the centre of Dover and the famous Shakespeare Cliff the Saxon Shore Way is signposted slightly inland rising above the A20 to the Western Heights. A slightly shorter route along the shoreline shingle via the Western Docks is only passable at low tide. Samphire Hoe, beneath the cliffs, is made up from the material dug to create the channel tunnel. The site is visible, but not accessible, from the path, and has been planted with wildflowers and grasses - a stunning view. The Battle of Britain Memorial with its iconic statue of a pilot and memorial wall is a few steps off the path at Capel Le Ferne. http://www.battleofbritainmemorial.org. This is a walk with stunning coastal views – everything you would want a cliff top walk to be!
Douglas has been the island's capital since 1863 and holds most of the island action. Its beautiful sea front is lined with picturesque hotels and restaurants. The Marine Drive, leading for three miles south from Douglas Harbour is not what you might imagine and provides an excellent route half way up the cliffs all the way to Port Soderick. The Viking fortified farm of Cronk-ny-Merrieu at Port Grenaugh (Scandinavian for “sunny harbour”) dates from the late 11th century but excavations have revealed iron age occupation. Across the shallow bay of Derby Haven the 16th century St Michael’s Chapel can be seen on St Michael’s Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway. Derby Haven is a bird watcher’s paradise particularly at the run of tides.
The Isle of Man steam railway can be used to return to your starting point for all stages from Douglas to Port Erin. Castletown is the Island’s ancient capital and home to Castle Rushen which is one of Europe’s most finely preserved medieval castles and fortress of the Kings and Lords of Mann. Its origins can be found in the Norse period when Norse Kings fortified a strategic site guarding the entrance to the Silverburn River. Following the coast, there will be plenty of bird life to look out for, including heron and goldeneye so bring a pair of binoculars and a camera! Port St. Mary is a busy harbour for yachts, though other boats also make their home here. Thatched cottages and local shops fill narrow streets near the sea coast making it a beautiful place to finish a fine coastal walk
One of the finest of all cliff walks leads southwards from Port St. Mary to the Calf of Man, passing the Chasms, impressive deep fissures in the cliffs. The Calf of Man is accessible from 'The Port' and magnificent views of the spectacular cliffs, with myriads of sea birds, can be gained from the sea. A small diversion can be made inland to Cregneash village, which houses a folk museum with many traditional Manx houses. Cregneash overlooks the Sound which is a treacherous stretch of water separating the Isle of Man and the Calf of Man. The name of the little isle comes from the Scandinavian kalfr meaning 'little island next to a larger island'. The Calf of Man is a 616 acre islet lying across the Sound off the Island's south west tip, below the hillside village of Cregneash. It is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve managed by Manx National Heritage and has a resident warden and a bird observatory.
This is a mountain section over the Carnanes, with three summits and some sheer cliffs with magnificent sea views. If visibility is poor you should seriously consider taking the alternative route slightly inland. Fleshwick Bay, derived from the Scandinavian ‘flesvick’ or ‘green’ bay, is a popular spot for scuba diving. There is also the delightful cove of Niarbyl with its 'tail of rocks' resisting the waves. The cove contains an old fisherman's cottage, known as 'Old Tom's', now preserved as a private dwelling. The path up Cronk ny Arrey Laa (Hill of the Morning Watch) is steep up to a huge summit cairn at 1,434’. The cairn is actually a prehistoric burial mound, dating from c1,500 BC.
Peel Castle sits on an islet near the harbour of Peel. Built by William le Scrope in 1392, the castle holds within its walls a wealth of history. It is situated on St Patrick's Isle and is believed to be the first place Christianity was brought to the Isle of Man by St Patrick around 1226. The islet site is covered in ruins starting from around 1000 AD. Much of the route , from St Germaine’s Halt to Glen Mooar, follows the route of a railway line closed in 1968. At the old viaduct at Glen Mooar, you can make a short diversion to Spooyt Vane, a pretty three tiered waterfall.
The map suggests a long and boring straight beach walk but the reality is far more varied. Take care when on the beach at high tide, particularly around Jurby Head. The Ayres Visitor Centre lies within an important stretch of lowlying sand dune coastline, stretching for 8 km from Cronk-y-Bing to the Point of Ayre. The area is of major ecological significance, parts having been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest and as National Nature Reserve. Sea-watching from the shore can be very rewarding, with diving gannets and terns offshore in summer and the possibility of basking sharks, seals and other marine mammals; an impressive list of seabirds and waders can be seen at any season.
The route follows the beach for most of the way. Take care at high tide as there will be little room to walk between the waves and the base of the cliffs. On a clear day you should be able to see the Galloway Hills of south west Scotland from Point of Ayre, about 18 miles away. Ramsey is the only town to boast an iron pier which was built in 1886 reaching into Ramsey Bay. It helped Ramsey develop into a favourite resort, but like many of its Victorian contemporaries, the pier is rapidly succumbing to the ravages of time and the sea.
The Isle of Man electric railway can be used to return to your starting point for all stages from Ramsey to Douglas. Ramsey is the Isle of Man’s second town after Douglas and has a thriving working harbour. The route at Port e Vullen is impassable at high tide, necessitating a short diversion via the road. Now a place for coastal walks and high sea views, Maughold Head is rich in history with an Iron Age fortification crowning its summit. In the 6th and 7th centuries iron ore was taken from here for smelting, and a monastery was once established on the windy cliff top. Nearby are the early Christian monuments preserved in the ‘cross shelter’ in Maughold churchyard. The precipitous cliffs are home to significant colonies of seabirds such as Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Shags. Gob ny Rona, a small peninsula of mostly maritime heath and low cliffs, offers impressive views of Ramsey from the coastal footpath. Dhoon Glen, is the deepest and probably most beautiful glen on the Island. It has one of the highest and most spectacular of waterfalls in all of the glens. Known as "Big Girl", it totals over 40 metres (130 ft) in two drops
The Isle of Man electric railway can be used to return to your starting point for all stages from Ramsey to Douglas.Named from the Norse word for Salmon river 'laxa', due to the tales of great catches, today Laxey is mainly a residential and tourist area, though in the past it was a thriving mining and fishing village. The Laxey Mines were the deepest mines in the world during the 1800's. The Great Laxey Wheel, 'Lady Isabella', was used to pump water out of the mines.The Ballannette Conservation and Wetlands Area inland of Clay Head preserves a wide selection of flora, fauna and birdlife. The last part, from Onchan, is on the road but is by no means an unpleasant walk down on to the promenade at Douglas
You will begin your journey on this beautiful South West Coast Path from the lovely sandy beach seafront at Minehead. You will soon climb through beautiful woodland into the Exmoor National Park. From here your route will follow heathland and moorland westwards a short distance and then descend to delightful village of Bossington at the eastern end of Porlock Bay. From here you will continue west beside newly-formed salt marshes to finish at the little village of Porlock Weir at the west of Porlock Bay
This lovely coastal path begins at Porlock, this route takes you over dramatic cliff paths, along farm tracks, through fields and beautiful wooded combes with seasonal waterfalls and streams. The path you take rises to some 300 metres in places, giving spectacular cliff top views across the Bristol channel.
This beautiful walk takes in the highest sea cliff’s in England. This walk begins from the beautiful town of Lynmouth right in the heart of Exmoor. From here you head west through the incredible Valley of Rocks and on to Lee Bay and Lee Abbey. The walk continues west past the beautiful wooded Woody Bay and on via lovely heathland to Great Hangman and down to Combe Martin.
On this lovely coastal walk you will see splendid views across to Lundy Island and the South Wales Coast. You will pass through the beautiful and popular holiday resort of Ilfracombe. You will finish this coastal walk in the lovely small village of Lee Bay, this village is about a quarter mile from the sea..so put your feet up and enjoy the splendid views it provides.
You begin this lovely coastal path from Lee Bay. On this walk Seals can often be seen in the rocky foreshore around Bull Point, there is also a lighthouse here that dates all the way back to 1879. The coastal landscape changes dramatically along this coast path, with the long and wide stretched of Woolacombe Sands.
This lovely coastal walk begins with a ‘flat’ path walking through dunes, along dykes and beside the estuarine landscape of the River Taw. You will finish this coastal walk in the lovely town of Barnstaple.
This coastal path follows the Tarka Trail Cycle path from Barnstaple to Bideford along the line of the old railway line following the beautiful River Taw. As you reach the lovely village of Instow, the River Taw and Torridge meet, flowing out to sea. Rounding the corner from Instow you will catch beautiful views over to beautiful town of Northam
Starting from the town of Bideford; this path follows the estuary of the river Torridge and encompasses the Northam Burrows Country Park and an extensive area of beautiful sand dunes. On this walk there is a marshy area which has been crossed by stepping stones. You will go through the beautiful small village of Appledore. After Appledore the path meets the coast, giving stunning views over towards Sauton and Croyde.
This wonderful coastal path begins in Westward Ho! with it’s beautiful rocky and sandy beach. This walk begins by following the route of an old railway line, but then soon after you will encounter beautiful hills with a large number of ascents and descents...so this does make for a strenuous walk, but the views you get are breathtaking. After this you will soon pass through the lovely village of Bucks Mils, you will follow the path to the beautiful and unique village of Clovelly, with its steep and winding cobbled streets and pretty cottages.
This walk begins at the pretty unique village of Clovelly. This is beautiful walk takes you past Blackchurch Rock and the beautiful Mouthmill beach. You can see incredible views to Lundy Island, then following the impressive rocky coast to Hartland point you finish in the lovely remote location of Hartland Quay.
Marsland Mouth is the boundary between Devon and Cornwall and is the site of a beautiful nature reserve. This coastal path makes for a very difficult walk, with the path frequently rising to above 150 metres, but the incredible views you get to see are truly worth it. This route takes you to some very remote parts, where you can really enjoy some peace and quiet.
This spectacular section of the South West Coastal Path is said to be the toughest part and involves a long, hard day of walking, with some very relentless and tiring ascents and descents – one for those looking for a challenge! It is however, worth the effort! The path climbs above the rocky shoreline, notorious for shipwrecks (over 150 ships lost on the rocky outcrops betwee Morwenstow and Bude), past tumbling waterfalls, across secluded combes, crossing many river valleys before easing on the approach to Bude. There is a real sense of isolation here and the views are stunning! Morwenstow, just inland from the path, provides some creature comforts. Note that bathing can dangerous on the local beaches where coastal currents can be very strong. Recommended pubs at Bude include the Bencoolen, the Brendon Arms or the Falcon.
An easy start on the grassy cliff path along the back of the beaches from Bude to Widemouth Bay should not mislead into imaging the whole day will be a breeze! The path will soon proves challenging as it becomes rough and narrow in places and plunges into steep valleys. This includes Scrade valley which is one of the deepest and steepest valleys on the Cornwall section of the Coast Path. This walk provides you with wide, open views of the Atlantic from high cliff top paths. The strong winds and sheer force of the sea will keep you on your toes but please be careful. The Coombe Barton at Crackington Haven provides a welcome resting place at the end of this leg serving real ale and food.
It is important to keep to the Coast Path on this section, although it may be tempting to stray closer to the edge to seek better views of the impressive cliffs and extraordinary rock formations. As you continue along the path, you will be climbing through valleys and across cliffs with spectacular sheer drops to the Atlantic below. This section is very rewarding, especially if you enjoy bird watching and you also spot the herds of Soay sheep and goats whose grazing helps to encourage the growth on beautiful wildflowers. The picturesque fishing village of Boscastle with its Medieval core and distinctive harbour is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places. It is a village steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty. Abundant in wildlife, dramatic walks and historic features, Boscastle with this many natural attractions.
The picturesque fishing village of Boscastle with its medieval core and distinctive harbour is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places. It is a village steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty. Abundant in wildlife, dramatic walks and historic features, Boscastle with this many natural attractions, is an ideal place to make your holiday base at any time of year. Long and Short Islands just off the coast are home to Cornwall’s largest colony of puffins so keep an eye out! On reaching Trebarwith Stand, The Mill House and Port William are recommended pubs
The path between Trebarwith Strand and Port Isaac is especially long and difficult, with some steep descents into valleys and tough climbs up to the cliff tops again, especially beyond Bounds Cliff. Historically this area was significant for fishing and fish processing as well as slate extraction and there are remnants of these trades to be seen on the path. This stretch is designated both Heritage Coast status and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so it is worth bringing a camera as you are guaranteed some stunning views. Port Isaac is the perfect end to this strenuous walk with many listed buildings, harbourside cafe and pubs and beautiful alleyways. The alleyways between the houses in Port Isaac are very narrow, with one being called ‘Squeezibelly Alley’. Recommended pubs in Port Isaac include the Golden Lion, where you can sit on a balcony overlooking the harbour and the Slipway (more restaurant than pub) which is built into the cliff.
The Coast Path follows some truly beautiful, unspoiled sections of coast, including the remote inlet of Pine Haven and the historic promontory known as The Rumps. Views from here are spectacular. A strenuous first half to Polzeath, crossing small valleys and winding round exposed headlands, is followed by an easy walk and ferry crossing into Padstow. There is a foot ferry across the Camel Estuary from Rock to Padstow. Padstow is home to Rick Stein and his influence on this small town is significant, including a fish and chip restaurant, café, shop and B&B. The London Inn, Golden Lion, Old Custom House and Shipwrights are recommended pubs in Padstow. Once home to the composer Malcolm Arnold, Padstow is an idyllic, Cornish fishing town with beautiful surroundings and has been used as a backdrop for many films and television programmes, including the 70’s film The Eagle Has Landed, which was filmed in the sand dunes at Rock. Padstow is also home to a fine selection of cafes and restaurants, making it the perfect place to end a day of walking the South West Coast Path.
This section of Coast Path offers a day of easy walking along low cliffs, with beautiful, tempting beaches below. The path leaves the attractive town of Padstow behind, passing the sheltered beach of Hawker’s Cove, before leading you out to the Atlantic Coast. The path can become narrow in places and is quite rocky around Constantine Bay. The village of Trevone has two beaches, a sandy beach which is ideal for those lazy days by the sea. The sand is fine and golden, ideal sandcastle material so pack the bucket and spade!
The village of Trevone has two beaches, a sandy beach which is ideal for those lazy days by the sea. The sand is fine and golden, ideal sandcastle material so pack the bucket and spade! Walking round Trevose Head, one of Cornwall’s most prominent headlands, provides spectacular views of the sandy bays ahead and if you can resist the beaches on your journey you will have more time to enjoy the sheltered dune-backed beach of Porthcothan at the end of your walk
This stretch of coast, with its vicious rocks and wild seas, was once particularly hazardous for ships and responsible for many wrecks before the lighthouse was built at Trevose Head. The Coast Path leads you in and out of little coves and headlands with generally fairly easy walking, with some steep steps to climb in places. Some of this stretch is quite populated, especially as you approach the busy holiday resort of Newquay, however you can also feel a sense of escape when looking out to sea from one of the many headlands, such as the windswept Park Head which also offers fantastic views of the famous Bedruthan Steps. Local legend, fed to the Victorian tourists who loved this area, told of the Cornish giant Bedruthan who used the stacks as stepping-stones to cross the bay. If you feel like a picnic break and the tide is out, you may be tempted to take the long flight of steps down to explore the stacks as well as the many pools and caves on the beach.
After leaving Newquay harbour, keeping a lookout for the Kittiwake colony on the cliffs out to Towan Head, the Path crosses the famous Fistral Beach. The route across the River Gannel varies depending on the season, tide and weather conditions and therefore you will need to plan ahead. Either way there is plenty to see, including beautiful salt marsh plants and many species of wading birds enjoying the worms and crabs. The West Pentire headland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its breathtaking seasonal wildflowers such as the June poppies and corn marigold flowers in the arable fields overlooking Crantock Beach. Fantastic views of the seabirds around the offshore twin pyramids of Carter’s Rocks await around the next headland as you approach the dunes of Holywell and Perran Sands. St Piran’s Inn at Holywell Bay is recommended for its range of local beers.
The path passes through an ancient coastal mining district following rugged cliff tops. The mines along this stretch are home to bats, including the rare Greater Horseshoe bat. Not only do you pass many remnants of the mining industry, but you will also see some fascinating geology along the way, especially around Cligga Head. The path can prove strenuous in places with some tiring ascents and descents, but there are also some more restful sections with level walking above high, sheer cliffs and fantastic views of your journey ahead. Look out for razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes nesting around St Agnes Head. Refreshments and services are available en-route at Perranporth where the Watering Hole by the beach comes recommended. The Driftwood Spars Hotel at Trevaunance Cove is a former tin mine store and is recommended together with the Turks Head and the Railway at St. Agnes
The path can prove strenuous in places with some tiring ascents and descents, but there are also some more restful sections with level walking above high, sheer cliffs and fantastic views of your journey ahead. Look out for razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes nesting around St Agnes Head. St. Agnes is a picturesque village steeped in mining history; the village still retains a traditional friendly Cornish atmosphere, with four varied beaches, dramatic coastal walks and breathtaking scenery filled with relics from the past as well as friendly hotels serving good food in a warm atmosphere.
After leaving Portreath the Coast Path follows the cliffs with some beautiful views of rocky coves, such as the wonderfully named Ralph’s Cupboard, apparently a favoured smugglers spot for stashing loot. After just a couple of steep climbs the Path soon levels and walking becomes fairly straightforward. As you follow the sheer cliffs, surrounded by brightly coloured spring and summertime flowers, such as blue sheep’s bit, primroses and yellow rattle, look down to the contrastingly raw, jagged reefs below. Seals are a common sight around the waters of Godrevy and Gwithian and sunfish and basking sharks have been spotted from the North Cliffs. The dunes behind the spectacular beach which stretches from Godrevy Point to the entrance of the Hayle estuary are also rich with wildlife. The Godrevy Café on Gwithian Beach provides an opportunity to recuperate.
The dunes behind the spectacular beach which stretches from Godrevy Point to the entrance of the Hayle estuary are also rich with wildlife. You are able to take small detours in places in order to reach the muddy flats which are home to many different species of birdlife. Hayle was once the most important industrial port in Cornwall and a centre of copper mining and smelting. The Path also follows part of the ancient pilgrim route called St Michael’s Way which led pilgrims across Cornwall from Lelant to Marazion, near Penzance, where they would then travel on to the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. Follow the railway line to St Ives, passing Carbis Bay and through the wooded outskirts of the town before arriving at the large, sheltered expanse of golden sand that is Porthminster Beach.
A fairly gentle walk out of St Ives to Clodgy Point soon becomes a strenuous journey of roller coaster climbs as the Coast Path plunges down towering cliffs into beautiful coves and back up again. This is a particularly difficult section and there is a real feeling of remoteness here, unlike any other part of the Coast Path. The landscape is beautifully wild and rugged and the area around the parish of Zennor is designated both an Environmentally Sensitive Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many Bronze and Iron Age field systems along this part of the coast, with cliffs rising to nearly 100 metres at Zennor Head.
The landscape is beautifully wild and rugged and the area around the parish of Zennor is designated both an Environmentally Sensitive Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many Bronze and Iron Age field systems along this part of the coast, with cliffs rising to nearly 100 metres at Zennor Head. The path can be narrow and rough in places and all amenities require inland detours, so it is advisable to allow plenty of time and stock up on provisions at the beginning of the day. Pendeen Watch lighthouse has been guiding ships through this area for over a hundred years, its fairly squat white tower measuring 17 metres.
The Coast Path takes you from the remote, gleaming lighthouse at Pendeen Watch along the rugged paths of the Granite Coast to the beautiful sweep of golden sand at Sennen Cove. Taking in part of Cornwall’s oldest mining district and leading around Cape Cornwall where the Atlantic currents split, the path is a mixture of easy open walking along the high cliff tops and short, rough ascents and descents. There are many attractive spots for a picnic with spectacular views, especially as you approach Whitesand Bay. You may spot seals, as well as a variety of seabirds, as you walk beside the banks of seasonal pink thrift and carpets of purple heather and look out to the Atlantic crashing on the rocks below.
This particularly beautiful section of Coast Path certainly feels like it begins at the very edge of the land, as the Path leads you along high cliffs and exposed, windswept heath. Once past the Land’s End complex, forget the tourists and enjoy the rugged peace and seclusion of the South Cornwall coast. There is much to see here, so do allow plenty of time
On a clear day, there are fantastic views across the sea out to Bishop’s Rock Lighthouse and the Isles of Scilly. Birds such as fulmars, shags, rock pipits and occasional peregrine falcons can be seen along this stretch and the incredible geological formations, including offshore rock stacks and rippling cliffs. The Merry Maidens Stone Circle is a mile inland from Lamorna. There is a well-known tradition that the stones represent maidens who were turned into stone for dancing on the Sabbath. The Lamorna Wink, once an illegal beer house is now a recommended pub.
Beginning in the sub-tropical cove of Lamorna and passing through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Path changes quite dramatically as it crosses rugged cliffs, with some difficult ascents and descents, and then turns to easy walking on tarmac through Newlyn to Penzance. Mousehole, known for its tiny harbour and narrow streets of granite cottages, is a good place for a relatively quiet refreshment stop before you begin the more bustling stretch around Mount’s Bay. Newlyn is not just the third largest fishing harbour in Britain - here you may even find the house with the smallest window in the UK! Following part of the National Cycle Network route round the edge of Mount’s Bay allows you to concentrate more on the facilities and sights of Penzance, rather than watching for uneven ground as you may well have been doing earlier on in the day. The majestic sight of St Michael’s Mount dominates as you continue on to the ancient town of Marazion, passing Marazion Marsh with its rich wildlife.
Much of this walk through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers fantastic views of Mounts Bay and the magical island and castle of St Michael’s Mount. Fairly easy, level walking allows time to enjoy the views, until the Path begins to narrow and rollercoaster over the cliffs up to and beyond Praa Sands. Travelling through a landscape with clear evidence of a mining history, especially around Perranuthnoe, the Path passes tempting sandy beaches, followed by rugged scenery beyond Rinsey Head where there are some tiring climbs. The granite then turns to slate resulting in dramatic vertical cliffs. The stretch on the approach to the pretty fishing village of Porthleven is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
This stretch of the South West Coast Path is, without a doubt, unique and exceptionally beautiful. The path is fairly level and easy beyond Porthleven, but then becomes narrow in places with some steep ascents and descents. There is a special sense of wildness and isolation on the Peninsula, notably along Mullion and Predannack Cliffs which are part of the Lizard National Nature Reserve. Cormorants, shags, kittiwakes and black-backed gulls nest on Mullion Island. The island is made of lava which is 350 million years old.
There is a special sense of wildness and isolation on the Peninsula, notably along Mullion and Predannack Cliffs which are part of the Lizard National Nature Reserve. Here rare heathers and wildflowers grow, adding to the colour and drama of the spectacular views. It is no surprise that the white sand and turquoise sea of Kynance Cove has been recognised as being part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the seas are particularly dramatic at high tide, and even more so on a windy day. The Lizard Peninsula is also known for its banks of pink and yellow flowered Hottentot Fig and its serpentine granite, which is a dark green rock veined with red and white, and, of course, the symbol of Cornwall: the chough.
A walk through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty awaits as you set off from the most southerly point of Great Britain. There are a few relatively short steep ascents and descents as you leave Lizard Point, followed by some more strenuous climbs, until you pass Cadgwith and begin the approach to Coverack, which is a lot easier. You will see some extraordinary geology along this stretch as the Path crosses serpentine, granite and schist. Serpentine is a dark green rock veined with red and white which is easily carved and can be polished to a really beautiful sheen. It was very popular in the 19th century when it was used for shop fronts and fireplaces. Some of the stiles along this stretch have been built of serpentine: beautiful but slippery when wet. Kennack Sands, once famous for shipwrecks, is a National Nature Reserve with beautiful cliffs of layered rock, with veins of talc, and lovely displays of wildflowers. A steep climb up to join the seabirds around Beagles Point marks the beginning of a stretch with particularly far-reaching views of the Coast Path ahead.
This walk follows the South West Coast Path through a huge variety of different landscapes, involving dramatic cliffs, fishing villages by the sea, lush woodland, beaches, heathland, a working quarry, pastures and a creek crossing. As you leave Coverack the Path crosses fairly flat heathland which is not much above sea level, as this is in fact a raised beach and the original cliffs are a few hundred yards inland. Easy walking leads you around the edge of the Bronze Age field systems of Lowland Point. It is important to follow the signs from here as you will be passing through active quarry workings between Lowland Point and Dean Point. A steep climb out of Porthoustock begins the inland route to Porthallow, where you then join the sea again and walk round Nare Point to the beautiful Gillan Creek. At Gillan Creek there is a feeling of shelter and peace in contrast to the exposed cliffs of the Lizard peninsula. From here on some sections of the Path are wooded and others offer fine views ahead extending to the lighthouse at St. Anthony Head, the Roseland and the headland of Dodman Point
The day begins with a journey across the Helford River, once favoured by pirates and smugglers. The river supports many different types of fish, birds and plantlife and at the other side you will cross the openings of lush valleys with subtropical gardens. After the river crossing, the journey consists of fairly gentle, easy walking through fields and along wooded clifftop paths, passing many attractive little coves, offering fantastic views across the Fal to St Anthony Lighthouse and Zone Point. The Masons Arms, the Seven Stars, and the Quayside Inn at Falmouth and the Victory and Rising Sun at St Mawes are recommended.
You set off across the Fal to another of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: The Roseland Peninsula. There are magnificent views back to Falmouth and the River Fal from the windswept stretches around Carricknath Point and St Anthony Head.
The Path offers fairly easy walking until the approach to Nare Head and Portloe beyond, where you will find several steep ascents and descents and walking becomes a lot more strenuous. The Path twists and plummets in places through wooded areas and across high open fields until the welcome descent into Portloe.
A bit of a clamber across rocks along a rather rugged Path out of Portloe eases around the more pastoral landscape of Caerhays Castle, before becoming tougher again on the approach to Hemmick Beach. From here the high cliffs to the windswept, 375 foot headland of Dodman Point looms ahead. Views from here are fantastic, especially on a clear day when you may even be able to make out Berry Head in Devon. The landscape of the Path varies between a mixture of wild scrub and soft pastures and some road walking around Gorran Haven. The Path then really opens up on the approach to Chapel Point and walking is easy with rewarding views in all directions. Mevagissey, with its double walled harbour, is a busy fishing port and offers a good range of refreshments after a day of walking the South West Coast Path.
The day begins in the fishing town of Mevagissey, but try not to spend too long wandering the streets and waterfront as a Path of roller coaster climbs awaits! High cliffs pass rocky coves between Pentewan and Charlestown produces dramatic scenery, but tiring walking. The inland china clay works around St Austell come in and out of view. The clay industry boomed in the 19th century, resulting in the formation of the ‘Cornish Alps’, and continues today with 80% used to make paper. There are many steps to climb along this stretch as the Path continues to rise and fall past Phoebe’s Point and Silvermine Point. Charlestown, with its beautiful historic harbour and quay, provides a welcome spot for rest.
A diversion around china clay works at Par, leads you to the pubs and cafes and large expanse of beach at Par Sands. The Coast Path follows part of the National Cycle Network round Par Sands where the views to Gribbin Head contrast dramatically with the china clay works of Par. After a fairly easy stretch from Polkerris to the daymark of Gribbin Head, follow the Path along high cliffs passing coves and walking out to headlands with fantastic views. Fowey sits on a beautiful estuary with tidal creeks full of families of birds such as herons, curlews, redshanks and little egret.
The wild beauty of this area of the Cornish coast was inspiration for Daphne du Maurier, Kenneth Grahame and many other writers and artists. Much of the next stretch from Polruan to Polperro is owned by the National Trust and the Path climbs and zig zags over towering, rugged cliffs and dips down to small rocky coves, providing fantastic scenery but strenuous walking. You can rest and take in the views on one of the seats found on the seaward Path which leads down to the village of Polperro.
The South West Coast Path leads you along a fantastically varied journey of high cliff paths, urban landscapes, shady woodland, passing rocky coves and through wide open fields, resulting in a mixture of easy strolling and some more strenuous walking. St George’s, or Looe, Island was mistaken for a British warship during World War II and attacked by German bombs. Looe is connected to main line rail services at Liskeard through a scenic branch line and has full town facilities. It has a thriving fishing industry, harbour and tourist facilities The Old Salutation in East Looe is recommended
The Path passes through the holiday village of Millendreath and opens up again on Bodigga Cliffs, where the views open out to the Path ahead and Rame Head in the distance. In some places the Path twists and climbs to heights with spectacular views, especially on the approach to Battern Cliffs, which is one of the highest points on the south coast of Cornwall at 462 ft (141 m). From here you enjoy some truly fantastic cliff walking to the fishing village of Portwrinkle with views of the 4 mile expanse of Whitsand Bay beyond.
Walking along the final stretch of the South Cornwall Coast Path is mainly fairly easy, although there are some short, steep ascents and descents in places. The Path passes a military firing range at Tregantle Fort. Here you may take the seaward permissive path or if the red flags are flying you will need to take the route that follows the B3247. Follow the rugged cliffs of Freathy, which is dotted with holiday cabins, to the impressive promontory of Rame Head and take in views enjoyed here for centuries. The urban landscape of Plymouth is not far away, yet as you set off for Penlee Point the Path becomes rather surprisingly wild. It changes once again as you take the easy Paths through sheltered woodland to the twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand. After following the sweep of Cawsand Bay, you reach the tamed landscape of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, with many interesting Grade II listed features and fantastic views of Plymouth Sound opening up ahead. The Edgecumbe Arms at Cremyll is recommended and is a just a few yards from the passenger ferry to Stonehouse in Plymouth. The last ferry is at 9.00p.m during the summer.
The Cremyll Ferry runs every half an hour and there is a ferry from the Barbican to Mountbatten. The first part of this journey follows the new Waterfront Walkway along some of the vibrant, historic streets of the largest city on the South West Coast Path. The Path offers fantastic views over Plymouth Sound and has many extraordinary artistic features to look out for, all celebrating the rich history of this important city. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was in medical practice in Durnford Street. Look out for the quotations from Sherlock Holmes set into the pavement. Francis Drake is commemorated on Plymouth Hoe and the Pilgrim Fathers set sail in the Mayflower from the Barbican!
There have been significant improvements to the coast path along this stretch and there are splendid views across Plymouth Sound. Fort Bovisand is a training school for underwater activities. At Wembury Beach there is a Marine Conservation Area and a great spot for rockpooling.
The Path passes out of Noss Mayo the ancient oaks of the Brakehill Plantation and along the wide, sweeping track known as Lord Revelstoke’s Drive, built in the 1880s to provide an impressive carriageway for his visitors. On clear days you can see the Eddystone Lighthouse which is 14 miles away. This undeveloped stretch of coast is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of the South Devon Heritage Coast. The path provides a mixture of easy, high open walking and some fairly strenuous climbs up and down steep slopes and steps to reach beautiful coves. The difficult walking is certainly worth the effort as the views are truly spectacular, and thought to be some of the best on the entire Coast Path. You need to plan this day in advance as you have two river crossings; the River Yealm crossed by a seasonal ferry and the River Erme which normally can be easily forded one hour either side of low tide
Erme may relate to a man called ‘Earma’. The village of Kingston, a short walk from Wonwell Beach, provides a good starting point for this section. The village of Ringmore is where R.C.Sherriff wrote his play Journey’s End. Burgh Island is well worth a visit, the hotel being a supreme example of Art Deco. The island is believed to have originally been occupied by monks who fished for pilchards and brewed mead. There is a seasonal ferry from Cockleridge at Bigbury to Bantham (01548 561196). Alternatively there a number of local taxi firms. The Sloop Inn at Bantham is recommended
There are a string of sandy coves along this stretch of path, the coast here being one of the most popular and easily accessible in the South Hams. Your journey begins on a boat across the Avon to Bantham and from here the Path offers fairly easy walking past Thurlestone (watch out for golf balls!), until it begins to dip up and down to the sea on its way to the beautifully sheltered Hope Cove. Nearby small towns of Kingsbridge, the Crabshell and the Kings Arms, and Salcombe, the Fortescue, provide opportunities for post-walk refreshment.
The following section from Hope to Salcombe is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful sections of the entire 630 miles of the South West Coast Path. Look out for kestrels and peregrine falcons around Bolt Tail and take a rest to look at the extraordinary mica schist rock formations around Soar Mill Cove. The Path is quite rugged and difficult in places, but becomes easier as you join the Courtney Walk and look down on the steep rocky slopes which lead down to the sea along the final stretch into Salcombe.
This section of the South West Coast Path is particularly tough, but the spectacular views are certainly very rewarding. Passing out of the shelter of the Salcombe Estuary, you emerge onto a rugged, undeveloped section of coast, much of which is managed by the National Trust. The path crosses high cliffs to Prawle Point, passing beautiful sandy beaches below, which may tempt you down for a swim. From here you pass extraordinary geological formations. This stretch of coast has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and supports a variety of rare flowers and breeding birds, as well as being one of the few sites in the UK used by the very rare cuckoo bee Nomada sexfasciata. On windy days the sea crashes wildly against the rugged rocks and these cliffs have claimed many wrecks over the centuries, including the Demetrios in 1992 and one near Moor Sands which is believed to date from the Bronze Age. After a fairly rocky, exposed stretch to Start Point, the Path becomes more level on its journey to Torcross, with just one steep climb near the end. At Torcross your efforts are rewarded with some good restaurants and pubs close to the sea
From Torcross it is an an easy start along the shingle alongside Slapton Ley, leading to more difficult walking around rugged headlands as you approach Dartmouth. The Path is sheltered at times as it meanders through woodland, contrasting with the enormous sense of space and light when it later passes along steep, grassy slopes which lead down to the sea. There is a lot to see in the attractive boating town of Dartmouth. As well as the well-known Regatta and Royal Naval College, Dartmouth has much to offer a walker by way of cafes and restaurants offering the catch of the day and galleries and unusual shops in the interesting buildings of Foss Street. Dartmouth has a wide range of services with the Cherub Inn and Windjammer Inn recommended along with the Royal Castle Hotel, the Dolphin and the George and Dragon.
The journey begins with a ferry trip across the river Dart from the town of Dartmouth to Kingswear. The Path then climbs through wooded areas containing Monterey and Corsican Pines, with fantastic views glimpsed back over the Dart to the spectacularly sited 15th century castle. Much of the first section is managed by the National Trust, who take great care to ensure a safe habitat for birds. A good place to spot many different species is along the stretch of cliffs around Froward Point, where you may see linnets, skylarks and the rare cirl bunting. The path goes through Berry Head National Nature Reserve where the cliffs are home to the largest guillemot colony to be found along the south coast of England. The limestone cliffs also support a number of nationally rare plants and are full of beautiful wildflowers from May to August. From the tip of Berry Head you may see harbour porpoises and seals, although you are unlikely to spot any of the threatened Greater Horseshoe Bats who live in caves in this area.
If you are expecting the walk through the English Riviera to be a trudge along pavements, you are in for a pleasant surprise. You may not actually spot any of the famous coral fossils of Hope’s Nose, but you cannot fail to notice the extraordinary geology along this stretch of coast. The Path passes around the limestone peninsula of Berry Head and wave cut platforms of red sandstone at Shoalstone into the thriving fishing port of Brixham where your walk begins. The hustle and bustle of Brixham’s port is soon left behind as you head through woodland and past some lovely beaches to emerge on the edge of Paignton. The Path along Paignton and Torquay sea fronts is very easy as it runs along promenades, from which you can easily find refreshments and other distractions
The Path along Paignton and Torquay sea fronts is very easy as it runs along promenades, from which you can easily find refreshments and other distractions. From here on, views of the rich red Devon sandstone rocks towering above the sea draw you through the urban landscapes with a promise of exhilarating cliff walks ahead. Leaving bustling Torquay harbour behind, the Path becomes surprisingly rural and rugged, passing golden beaches and headlands on its way to the gardens of Babbacombe Downs. A truly varied walk awaits as you set off from the hustle and bustle of Torbay and pass into a more rural, rugged landscape which then leads to more urban areas ahead. The twisting Path between Torquay and Shaldon has several tiring ascents and descents.
The twisting Path between Torquay and Shaldon has several tiring ascents and descents as it passes through open fields and high, thick woodland before easing on the descent to the mouth of the Teign. After a short ferry crossing you can enjoy easy walking along Teignmouth’s promenade, which offers a rest after the more strenuous stretches earlier in the day. The Path follows part of the National Cycle Network on the way to Dawlish Warren, which includes some road walking. Train enthusiasts will particularly enjoy this section. Take time to look out for the wildlife of Dawlish Warren’s National Nature Reserve. From Starcross, the walk can be extended up river and along the banks of the Exeter Canal into the heart of the City passing two well known pubs, the Turf Locks and the Double Locks.
The South West Coast Path offers gentle walking out of Exmouth as it enters the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Geoneedle at Orcombe Point marks the beginning of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. This beautiful and dramatic stretch of coast is of international importance and provides walkers with an incredibly special sense of time: endurance as well as transience. The Path avoids Straight Point, which is used as a Royal Marine firing range, and soon becomes quite rugged on the cliff top approach to Budleigh Salterton. The Salterton Arms at Budleigh is recommended as is the Sir Walter Raleigh, inland at East Budleigh.
An easy walk along the promenade sets you up for more variety ahead, including crossing the River Otter at the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve (a good place for bird watching), open field walking, woodland and high cliffs, culminating in a descent to the Regency town of Sidmouth, with its attractive Esplanade, shops and restaurants. The Anchor and the Old Ship pubs in Sidmouth are recommended together with the Blue Ball at Sidford, a mile inland.
Leave the red cliffs of Sidmouth as you set off along this rugged section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, crossing 200 million year old rocks. The red Triassic earth gives way to striking white chalk around Beer. There has been significant cliff erosion towards Salcombe Hill and the path has been subject to a detour. The path rises to over 150 metres with a number of severe switchbacks. The Dunscombe Humps are the remains of lime burning in earlier times. The landslips between Branscombe and Beer are now a wildlife reserve.
The red Triassic earth gives way to striking white chalk around Beer before you arrive at the mouth of the River Axe and the rich red cliffs of the village of Seaton. A walk of contrast awaits as you leave the town of Seaton behind and embark on a journey along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site through rich vegetation, over wild, crumbling cliffs and through pretty seaside settlements. The Coast Path descends into the dense woodland of the Undercliff National Nature Reserve, which has some uneven terrain in parts. You will be enclosed for some hours with only occasional glimpses of the sea, but there is still plenty to look out for. The Undercliff, which is actually entirely formed from active coastal landslides, is humid and sheltered, providing a perfect habitat for ferns, fungi, orchids, wild clematis and many different insects. After emerging into open fields, the Path enters the county of Dorset at Lyme Regis where you will find an attractive harbour, interesting shops and refreshments
At Lyme Regis you will find an attractive harbour, interesting shops and refreshments. Continue inland slightly before dropping back to the sea at Charmouth where you pick up the Monarch’s Way along the cliff top and over the spectacular Golden Cap to Seatown. The Anchor at Seatown by the beach is recommended. West Bay is the harbour of Bridport and has recently benefited from major sea defence improvements. The Bridport Arms and The George at West Bay are recommended.
Enjoy the magnificent views and keep a look out for peregrines from Burton Cliff! Continue as the Path drops to pick up the spectacular, long pebbly sweep of Chesil Beach. It is no wonder that this truly breathtaking place is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and it is especially beautiful in the spring and summer months when there are many colourful flowers to enjoy. The hundreds of mute swans of Abbotsbury Swannery make for an extraordinary sight at the end of your day and there is a small selection of welcome refreshments in the fascinating, historic village of Abbotsbury.
The South West Coast Path climbs inland slightly from the historic village of Abbotsbury, passing woodland and open, rolling fields until dropping to follow the West Dorset Heritage Coast along the shores of the Fleet Lagoon to Ferry Bridge. This section of the Jurassic Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the views of Chesil Beach and the Fleet are truly unique. Stories of a past of smuggling and wrecking add another level to the rich history of the area, and a reference to this is seen in the Moonfleet Manor Hotel (a good spot for refreshments) named after. Continue on a peaceful walk along the edge of the Fleet, passing a couple of areas of MOD land, until finally reaching urban landscapes on the edge of Weymouth and Ferry Bridge.
This is a walk of dramatic, rugged cliffs, nationally rare plants, hidden coves and stunning views. The Isle of Portland is a large mass of limestone which is linked to the mainland by the shingle ridge of Chesil Beach. Centuries of quarrying and military presence have altered the natural landscape, leaving visible records of the history of this important part of Dorset. The Isle’s white limestone has been used for construction since Roman times. Nature has reclaimed some of the disused quarries, which become a stunning mass of grasses and wildflowers in the spring and summer months. Follow either the road and cycle way from Ferry Bridge, or the shingle ridge of Chesil Beach, to join the Coast Path as it climbs to the top of the cliff providing stunning views. The Path then offers fairly easy walking around the Isle along old quarry tracks, with some short, steep ascents and descents in places. Take time to enjoy the impressive views from Portland Bill before walking the east coast back round to Ferry Bridge.
This fantastic section of the South West Coast Path crosses a diverse landscape from the rugged rocks of Portland, to the hustle and bustle of urban life in the seaside resort of Weymouth, followed by quiet rural paths leading to high, undulating chalk cliffs on the way to Lulworth Cove. Walking becomes progressively harder as you leave Weymouth and set off along the impressive cliffs of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. There are some particularly steep ascents and descents on the way to Lulworth Cove, but your efforts are certainly rewarded. As you approach Lulworth be sure to look back to the breathtaking views of the limestone arch of Durdle Door, the high cliffs of White Nothe and Weymouth Bay and Portland beyond. A good selection of restaurants and pubs also await your arrival after a long day on the Coast Path
This isolated stretch of the South West Coast Path offers some spectacular views, but be prepared for some difficult walking right from the beginning. The Path roller-coasters along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, rewarding walkers with staggering views of sweeping bays, folded cliffs and richly coloured limestone-loving wildflowers and butterflies. The path across the Lulworth Ranges is one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, but can only be used when the range is not in use. To avoid missing out on this it is recommended you plan your walk to get here when the ranges are open – most weekends and holidays (see here for details). As live ammunition is used, you must not stray off the paths which are clearly marked by yellow posts, and do not pick up any metal objects lying on the ground. If firing is taking place, red flags are flown and the gates are locked. The alternatives are either a 13 mile detour around the ranges (partly on roads) or a more attractive option is to catch a bus (see Traveline) from West Lulworth to Corfe Castle and then walk along the ridge (which has great views) to the road near Great Wood and then descend down to rejoin the Coast Path at Kimmeridge
After keeping a look out for fossils on the beach of Kimmeridge Bay, continue carefully along the Kimmeridge Ledges and prepare for more strenuous walking ahead. The Path continues its roller coaster journey and then climbs steeply to the top of Houns-tout Cliff, which stands at 490 feet (150 m) above sea level, before leading you out to St Aldhelm’s Head to enjoy the views, look for seabirds and the occasional dolphin, and breathe in the sea air. Take the short walk inland to the pretty village of Worth Matravers, where you can find refreshments. Leave the pretty village of Worth Matravers and the breathtaking views from St Aldhelm’s Head to set off along the final stretch of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and what is actually the last leg of the 630 mile South West Coast Path. High, level cliff walking between St Aldhelm’s Head and Durlston Head is followed by fairly easy walking along the promenade of the seaside town of Swanage.
As you walk through open grassland and woodland around Studland, keep a look out for bottlenose dolphins and take time to enjoy the beautiful seasonal wildflowers and butterflies and the spectacular views of the chalk stacks of Old Harry. Three miles of sandy beaches running all the way to South Haven Point offer plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the views across Poole Bay to Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight. Note the last ½ mile of beach is popular with naturists. if you wish to avoid seeing naked people, either come in chilly weather, or walk inland and follow the coast road Just before the ferry to Sandbanks a steel sculpture marks the end of your journey and the end of the South West Coast Path.
This is the extension of the Dorset Coast Path section of the South West Coast Path which ends at South Haven Point. Sandbanks can be reached by the chain ferry from South Haven Point. The path generally follows the promenade through Bournemouth towards Christchurch. Hengistbury Head is a sandspit protecting Christchurch Harbour, is a site of special scientific interest and a national nature reserve. There is parking and refreshment available. People watch the locals, visitors and tourists you meet whilst striding along the prom to Bournemouth. Plenty of seats to sit on for a quick sandwich break.
The name Cardigan is named after the 5th century ruler Ceredig. The welsh name is Aberteifi which means mouth of the River Teifi. This section runs through farmland to the north of the River Teifi before following a roadside path along the side of the estuary. Heading away from Cardigan the estuary gradually reveals itself. The first 4 miles is road walking awaiting conclusion of negotiations for a new coast path link. The path between Mwnt and Aberporth is primarily cliff walking. Mwnt is a popular sheltered sandy cove owned by the National Trust and safe for swimming. Parking, toilets and café are available at Aberporth which has two sheltered sandy beaches
Characterised by high cliffs and secluded beaches, much of this section is heritage coast. The waterfall at Tresaith beach (left) is a particularly unusual feature and was created when glacial activity diverted the river Saith. The first part of the path between Aberporth and Tresaith is wheelchair friendly with an all weather surfaced cliff top path. From Penbryn the path involves a number of steep ascents and is considered one of the toughest sections of the coast path. Penbryn beach is about one mile long. There is a National Trust car park with a café and shop about 400 metres from the beach. The large rock at Llangrannog beach is called ‘Carreg Bica’ which legend says was once a giants tooth.
Arguably the most spectacular part of the Ceredigion Coast Path this section is Heritage Coast and includes the iconic Ynys Lochtyn the outline of which is used on the Coast Path logo. There is some fine geological features and opportunities for spotting marine wildlife and seabirds. Not only does this section run past Ynys Lochtyn but it also includes a stunning path cut directly into the coastal slope (top right). An alternative inland route which runs through a beautiful wooded cwm has also been provided and this also serves to provide an excellent circular walk. New Quay is a popular holiday resort with a full range of facilities and strong connections to Dylan Thomas.
New Quay is a small holiday resort with a full range of facilities. At low tide you have the option of some beach walking but at high tide it may be necessary to follow the road for a mile; both options are waymarked. Watch out for the waterfall at Cwm Buwch plunging onto an inaccessible beach. Aberaeron is a small thriving Georgian town and port with a full range of facilities. It is a popular centre for yachting and for setting out to explore the wildlife of the Ceredigion’s Maritime Heritage Coast, the first offshore conservation area of its kind in the UK
The easiest stretch of coastpath in Ceredigion runs mostly along the top of soft cliffs on the coastal flats. Although these cliffs are low, care should be taken as they are subject to rapid erosion and may be undercut. There are two route options through Llanon with the foreshore route impassable when the river is in full flow. Both are well waymarked. Watch out for the four lime kilns at Craig-las
With no settlements between these locations and with 'feeder paths' being few and far between, this is one of the least walked sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path. Despite being challenging this section of Heritage Coast is dramatic, lonely and extremely worthwhile. Watch out for the hanging oak woodlands of Penderi Cliffs, a wide variety of sea birds and grey seals basking on the rocks below. The University town of Aberystwyth is the principal town of Ceredigion, with its famous electric Cliff Railway, the Camera Obscura, the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge Steam Railway, the Ceredigion Museum and the National Library of Wales. Aberystwyth has direct rail links to Shrewbury and Birmingham.
This is a section of two distinct halves with Aberystwyth to Borth being a challenging yet popular section of Heritage Coast while the section between Borth and Ynys-las is completely flat, with much of it running along the edge of Cors Fochno - Borth Bog. Admire the view over Cardigan Bay from Constitution Hill with its café and the worlds largest camera obscura. At Wallog the causeway of Sarn Cynfelin can be seen stretching out to sea at low tide. Ynys Las is a national nature reserve with pear bogs, extensive sand dunes and abundant wildlife.
This section follows the Suffolk Coastal Path through the outskirts of Felixstowe from Cobbold’s Point, along the shoreline to Felixstowe Ferry, across the River Debden via the Bawdsey Ferry, and further along the beach until the car park at Shingle Street. Along the route are the remains of six Martello Towers, small cylindrical fortifications built along the East and South coast between 1805-1812 against a threatened Napoleonic invasion. Bawdsey Ferry is a small foot ferry across the Debden between the hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey. It operates between 10am and 6pm on weekends from May to the end of September. http://www.suffolktouristguide.com/Ferries.asp . The walk passes the site of RAF Bawdsey, the first of a chain of radar stations built in 1937 to detect incoming enemy aircraft. The site is now maintained by volunteers http://www.bawdseyradar.org.uk/
This section follows the Suffolk Coastal Path from the car park at Shingle Street, along the edge of the River Ore and the Butley River, before heading inland over the small Burrow Hill and to Chillesford, through the edge of Tunstall Forest, before reaching the upper end of the Alde River estuary at Snape Bridge. Shortly after leaving Shingle Street, the path passes the Young Offender’s institution known as Hollesley Bay Colony. It began as a colonial college in 1887, training those intending to emigrate abroad. It was purchased as a borstal in 1938, and became a young offender’s institution in 1988. One of its more notable inmates was Jeffrey Archer. The path crosses Burrow Hill, which may or may not be a burial mound. Beneath it is said to lie a ship and a Danish king, with all his weapons and treasures about him. 1978 excavations before gravel was dug from the hill found evidence of 8th century iron working and a cemetery. Butley Priory was founded in 1171 by Ranulph de Glanville, a courtier of Henry II, following the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket. Only the gatehouse remains, converted into an upmarket B&B and wedding venue. Snape Maltings were originally built in the 19th Century for the malting of barley for brewing into beer. The buildings have since been converted into shops, galleries, and an 832-seat Concert Hall.
This section leaves Snape Bridge and follows the northern bank of the River Ore towards Aldeburgh, before bypassing the edge of the town and heading back to the sea, which it follows until reaching the village of Thorpeness. Be sure on this section to avoid the Sandling Way, which runs alongside the Coast Path for some, but not all of the way. The village of Thorpeness was inherited by the Scottish playwright Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie in the early 1900s, who set about rebuilding a model seaside village of mock-Tudor and Jacobean buildings, inspired by the writings of J.M.Barrie, author of Peter Pan. He even created an artificial lake, the ‘Meare’, by flooding open fields in 1910
This section runs along the shingle beach for almost the entire section, with a slight diversion inland before entering Dunwich. 2 miles north of Thorpeness lies Sizewell Nuclear Power Station. There are two sites; Sizewell A, which is in the process of being decommissioned, and Sizewell B, the newest nuclear station in the UK. Be sure on this section to avoid the Sandling Way, which runs alongside the Coast Path for some, but not all of the way. The path runs along a section of beach bordering the Minsmere RSPB reserve. Facilities in the visitor’s centre are free, but there is a charge to explore the reserve itself. http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/minsmere/index.aspx . Just north of Minsmere is the National Trust’s Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre, complete with tea room and gift shop. The heath is home to many rare bird and plant species, including the Dartford Warbler, Nightjar and Woodlark. Dunwich was once a bustling town, home to more than 4000 people, and with a history dating back to the 11th Century. However, a series of severe floods in the 13th and 14th centuries began a process of destruction that led to its almost complete abandonment by the 19th century. There is a small museum revealing the history of this “decayed and disfranchised borough".
This section runs along the edge of the Dingle and Westwood Marshes, and through the village of Walberswick, before crossing the River Blyth, and entering the town of Southwold. Walberswick became a major trading port from the 13th Century. The British Open Crabbing Championships are held every August, with the winner being the person who catches the heaviest crab within 90 minutes. Almost half the properties in the village are holiday homes. Southwold was an important fishing port in the Domesday book. It was badly damaged in a fire in 1659, and many of the buildings were not rebuilt, leaving open spaces or greens that remain to this day. The town contains a popular pier, has a lighthouse in the centre, and is home to Adnams Brewery.
This long section runs inland from the sea north of Southwold, before rejoining the beach at Kessingland. It enters Lowestoft along the A12 before a final run along the seafront, to finish at the Tourist Information Centre. The path double’s back on itself just before entering the hamlet of Covehithe. This village was once a small town in the Middle Ages, before falling victim, like Dunwich further south, to coastal erosion. The ruins of the large church of St Andrew show just how prosperous the village used to be. Kessingland is a large village and a popular holiday destination. It has also been the site of Palaeolithic and Neolithic discoveries, and the remains of an ancient forest lie buried on the seabed just offshore. Lowestoft is the most easterly town in the United Kingdom, with Ness Point, just north of the end of this final section of the path, the most easterly point in the British Isles.
The name Cowes is derived from two former sandbanks called Estcowe and Westcowe so called after their resemblance to cows. Cowes has a full range of facilties with The Anchor Inn and The Duke of York recommended in the CAMRA Real Ale Pub Guide. A coastal walk in name, but on this long walk you also go inland around the Newton River estuary, passing along cliff tops through villages and woodlands, with fine views of the Solent and mainland beyond
A downland walk passing through Freshwater and taking in the Needles with its 33 metres lighthouse. The walk passes by many chines, which are steep sided river valleys which flow through the cliffs to the sea. Brighstone has a full range of facilties with a church dating back to 1190 and in past centuries was associated with brandy smuggling. CAMRA recommend the Bugle Coaching Inn and The Wheatsheaf at Yarmouth and the Countryman at Brighstone.
This is relatively easy walking with a couple of ups and downs. Starting at Grange Chine, this walk ambles over cliff tops giving superb views of the crumbling coastline. The chines are a special coastal features of this particular area. As you meander along the cliff top route it is easy to imagine the smuggling trade of old going on along this relatively remote stretch of coast. CAMRA recommend the Countryman at Brighstone and the Buddle Inn and White Lion Inn at Niton. This part of the coast is susceptible to cliff erosion and you should be aware of potential dangers and possible path diversions
A coastal walk that starts high above the seashore and passes through Ventnor and areas of National Trust land before walking along Victorian promenades next to the sandy beaches of Shanklin and Sandown. Generally easy cliff top walking with a few ups and downs. CAMRA recommend the Buddle Inn and White Lion Inn at Niton and the Castle Inn at Sandown
This is a relatively level walk passing over chalk cliffs at Culver Down with plenty of opportunity to visit small seaside resorts. A coastal walk beginning on Victorian promenades, then rising over the chalk cliffs of Culver Down, and passing around the more tranquil Bembridge Harbour, before returning to the promenades again.
This coastal path links the two historic towns of Ryde and Cowes meandering past abbey ruins, a former royal residence and a modern day vineyard. Cowes has a full range of facilities with The Anchor Inn and The Duke of York recommended in the CAMRA Real Ale Pub Guide.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. This is classed as a moderate/difficult walk, as it has ascends over rough estate roads, grassy cliff tops and through livestock farms. Starting point is a roadside cottage next to Glenapp Kirk. For 1.5km after Currarie Glen, there is a good cliff-top walk, with the possibility of seeing Ravens, Buzzards, Linnets and Whinchats. Downanhill and Langdale Farms use electric fences to manage their cattle – please take care not to touch the wires. Look left over the fence at Holm Park farm and entrance shaft and ventilators of an underground nuclear fallout observation post are visible. Passing the clachan of Garleffin, take care when crossing the busy A77, south of the new bridge over the River Stinchar. Before reaching the end point of Ballantrae, Ardstinchar Castle is a historical point of interest
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. There are car parks at The Vennel and Foreland at Ballantrae. At Lendalfoot there is a good car oart at Varyag Memorial. Do not use Lendalfoot Hall. There is also a good, hourly bus service. This is classed as a moderate/difficult walk with a trunk road verge path and a rocky beach. The route starts at Foreland car park. Take the Stinchar bridge following the main road down the Vennel to the beach. To the south there is a gravel spit which is protected by its nature reserve status – it should not be walked upon. Bennane Cliffs offer spectacular views of Antrim Coast, Ailsa Craig, Kintyre and Arran.This section of coast shows several large named cliff-caves – all walkers tempted to visit should be warned they do so at their own risk. The approach paths or caves themselves could be dangerous. Keep between the fence and the seaward side of the crash barrier lining the west side of the A77 – it is safer than the narrow pavement. Fast vehicles will be passing by here, so take care. Along the narrowly compressed coastal strips avoid trampling on patches of shingle above the tide-line. This is to minimise the risk of standing on nests of oyster catchers and ringed plovers. Approximately 2km from Lendalfoot, there is a choice of a roadside footpath along to Lendalfoot itself for those who don’t want to scramble along the shore. The path ends at Varyag Memorial, Lendalfoot.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. There are car parks at Varyag Memorial, South of Lendalfoot and Girvan Promenade/Harbour. There is also a good, hourly bus service. The route is classed as moderate/difficult, with sandy and rocky outcrops, a 100m ascent, livestock and a rocky shoreline. The route starts at the Varyag Memorial in Lendalfoot. A few hundred metres north of Lendalfoot there is a shipwreck memorial, for a crew who died in 1711.Please be considerate when passing Ardwell farm. This is a working livestock farm and the animals should not be disturbed. Magnificant views of Ailsa Craig from old 18th Century coach road high about Kennedy’s pass, on Ardwell farm land. Do not disturb livestock, but always report to farmer if you find animals in trouble. When descending the steep road after Kilranny Cottage, please be aware that there may be bulls grazing on the open fields at Ardwell farm. Please take care- if in doubt stick close to the roadside fence. The route ends at Girvan Harbour. Girvan boasts a beautiful harbour area that you can walk along and take a glimpse at the many boats often moored there, including at times lifeboats from all over Scotland that travel to Girvan to be refurbished
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. The route starts at Girvan Harbour car park. This is classed as a moderate/difficult walk with farm tracks, wrack roads and three short tidal stretches. Girvan Mains is a busy working farm. Please pass through the farm yard quickly and quietly, look out for working vehicles, and avoid any disturbance to animals. After the quarries at Chapeldonan, the foreshore below the cottages may be impassable at high tide – an alternate route along a field edge path is available. 24 metres high, with 76 steps to the top, the Turnberry Lighthouse has marked the coastline in these parts since 1873. Rising out of the mists to greet ships for over a hundred years, this quintessential icon is one of Turnberry's most powerful charms.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. This route is classed as moderate/difficult and contains rocky outcrops, livestock and one short tidal stretch. The route starts at Maidens Green car park and after Long Avenue, walkers can visit Culzean Castle, Country Park and Visitors Centre. At Isle Port, just north of Croyfootburn Leisure Park, the path may be impassable for an hour or two at high Spring tide – check before setting off. Please note, walkers cannot cut through the Park, it is private property. There is a nice cliff top walk from the North end of Croy Bay to Dunure. Stepping stones across the small burn may be covered if in high spate, requiring a detour upstream to the nearest bridge. While passing through Dunure, it is recommended that walkers visit Dunure Castle and Doocote
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SENSITIVE FARMLAND AND DIFFICULT ROCKY COASTLINE, THIS ROUTE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR GROUPS OVER 10 PEOPLE, DOGS AND RUNNERS. The route itself starts at Kennedy Park in Dunure and has been given a moderate/difficult categorisation due to its rocky outcrops and four short tidal stretches. Near the north end of the bay beyond Drumbain, a shore cairn marks the start of a 70 step traverse path leading up to a fin cliff top route and the old railways track to Heads of Ayr Caravan Park. South of Greenan Castle, a 2.5 mile detour leads to the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Burns Cottage in Alloway.
This is classed as an easy walk, with pavements, paths and sandy beaches. A suggested starting point is Wellington Square, as you will walk past St Johns Kirk (Robert the Bruce’s first parliament held there after Bannockburn) and Cromwell’s Citadel. Care should be taken at Newton esplanade – waves can break over the seawall. At the end of Newton Esplanade, follow the path and ACP signs alongside the golfcourse, then cut down to the beach at the marker post, and follow it round Bentfield Point. To avoid a rough stretch of shore, a path may be used next to St Nicholas Golf Course. If using this, please remember basic golfing etiquette. (Do not use the path beyond the marker post leading round the golf course inland of the houses, blind hole and flying golf balls!) If the tide is high, the winds too strong or the water too cold to paddle across the burn to Troon south beach there are other route options. First, cut in from the beach through a gap in the dunes at a large marker pole 600m short of Pow Burn to emerge at the north end of Prestwick gold course. Here follow a path over a large bridge leading towards a path skirting the west side of the caravan park. An option is to walk along the dune-top path parallel to the golf course from the end of Prestwick Esplanade to reach the Pow Burn Bridge. Walk along Troon South Beach, and cut up onto Esplanade at Royal Troon Clubhouse. Do not walk on the dunes parallel to the golf course as this area is ecologically fragile
This route starts at Troon Harbour/Marina and is classed as an easy walk with mainly pavements and paths. When walkers join the strand at the end of Barassie please walk along the sand rather than on the dunes in order to protect the sand dunes from erosion.If a strong wind is blowing while walking across the sand, there is a path identified by a large marker post at the northern boundary of Western Gailes golf course which will offer a windbreak all the way to Irvine. There is a sand stone look out shelter sculpted in the shape of a dragon at Beach Park in Irvine. This offers fine views over Ayr and Irvine Bays, as well as viewing Ailsa Craig, Arran, Jura and the Kintyre Peninsula. The Maritime Museum in Irvine is also well worth a visit, which showcases Scotland’s Maritime Heritage. When nearing the end of the route, a detour through Irvine’s town centre is highly recommended, the area is full of cultural and historical landmarks. This route ends at Harbourside, Irvine - perhaps at the Bridge of Scottish Invention, or the Carter and his Horse Statue
The route itself is categorised as easy, with promenades, well made paths, minor roads and sandy beaches. This route starts at Irvine Low Green, although it is suggested to start at Harbourside for easy parking. The route passes through Kilwinning which has various sites of historical importance such as Kilwinning Abbey. The seaside town of Saltcoats is also passed through. When walking along the sea wall towards the harbour, care should be taken when south westerly gales are blowing due to waves breaching the wall. Saltcoats itself is a small picturesque fishing village which has a beautiful yellow sanded South beach and it is also home to the North Ayrshire Local Museum. Going through Ardrossan, there are various war memorials as well as a (slightly neglected) Ardrossan Castle.The route ends at Ardrossan Cross, Harbour and Marina.
The route is categorised as easy, with promenades, pavements, cycle tracks, paths and sandy beaches. The route itself starts at Ardrossan Harbour and Marina, which serves as the ferry terminal to Arran.There are iron age dunes on the escarpment near Boydston Farm Work may be starting soon on redeveloping the North Beach old Shell Oil site, but it should still be possible to walk round the shoreside periphery. If not, there will be an alternative street route available round to North Beach. The footbridge over the Kilbride Burn provides a good view of the original Sea Mill (dating from 1790), which is in the aptly named village of Seamill. Seamill is a coastal suburb of the larger village of West Kilbride. West Kilbride has reinvented itself as a ‘Craft Town’ with various craft shops and galleries which you may wish to visit
The route itself is categorised as easy, with farm tracks, pavements, paths and cycle tracks. The route starts at Portencross Castle, which in itself is a historical point of interest. At Ardneil Hill, there is an impressive group of sandstone cliffs, the central rock buttresses being The Three Sisters and most northerly bluff called The Hawking Craig. Just after the Hawking Craig, Hunterson A Nuclear Power Station is visible. This route passes along the shorefront of Fairlie, a small village with wonderful views to Largs and to the Cowal hills above Dunoon as well as the historical Fairlie Castle.Nearing the end of the walk, at Largs Marina, there is a collection of ‘Anchors, Floats and Sinkers’ on loan from the Fairlie NATO base. The walk ends with a pleasant beach walk passing The Pencil (a memorial to the Battle of Largs), reaching the finish line of the public car park at Largs Marina
It is described as a moderate path way, with pavements, farm tracks, a 200m ascent and a trunk road crossing. There is car parking available at Largs Marina. There is no car parking at Station Road, Skelmorlie as it is a steep, narrow and winding road. There are also good train and bus services in the area, so the half hourly bus service to Largs would be advisable rather than taking a car.After crossing the A78, walkers have two route options. The High Road path over Knock Hill, with its magnificent views of the Firth of Clyde, is for more energetic walkers. If choosing this route, please note that Brisbane Mains is still a working farm therefore dogs are not advised to be on this route. The second choice is the Low (or Red) Road is slightly more gentle walk and ideal for the less experienced walker. In the unlikely event of the A78T being blocked by an accident or stormy waves, the Red Road may be used for diverted traffic and become busy and dangerous. At Meigle, cross the A78T with care to take advantage of 200m of pavement, then recross it to access Skelmorlie Castle road. The route ends in Skelmorlie. Here, Kelly Burn marks the Ayrshire-Renfrewshire boundary and therefore the end of the Ayrshire Rotary Coastal Path
Forres is one of Scotland's oldest small towns, and also one of its most attractive – the perfect place to start your coastal walk! From Forres railway station, turn left into the minor road to Waterford, Netherton and Kinloss between the banks of the River Findhorn and salt marsh on one side, and reclaimed productive farmland on the other. Admire views over the Reserve and at Kinloss turn left on the Findhorn road pass the Findhorn Foundation community using the roadside cycleway path, and follow the pavement to the village and the bayside. The Local Nature Reserve of Findhorn Bay is a bottle shaped estuary, 1,000 football pitches in size and a sheltered tidal haven for people and wildlife. The beach at Findhorn is ideal for a leisurely walk, and along the shore are relics of the past, old wartime pill boxes that now sit half submerged in the sand. If you are lucky you may see ospreys fishing in the bay or Dolphins swimming by offshore! The path runs through dunes, heath and pine woods from Findhorn’s backshore to the ancient pictish capital of Burghead, following the 5-mile stretch of Burghead Bay. The dunes form part of the largest dune system in Britain!m Toilets: Public toilets in Railway Station and on the west dunes road and dunes car park, Roseisle Forest car park and by Harbour Office in Burghead
Burghead is a peaceful coastal village steeped in history so a perfect walk for those wanting to learn about the local area or keep the little ones entertained! A visit to the the Burghead Visitor Centre to learn about the Pictish Burghead Fort is a must and can also act as a starting point for the coastal walk. After soaking up the ancient history, head along the coast to Hopeman via the old railway line which has great views over the cliffs and skerries of the coast. Curlews from fields visit the shoreline and fulmars glide past the sandstone cliffs. Between Hopeman and Covesea ‘fossil’ dunes can be seen in the cliffs, and exposed surfaces display the footprints of pre dinosaur reptiles that grubbed in the sand with twin tusks – definitely a picture opportunity! From there, follow the sandy beach towards the cliffs and the Covesea lighthouse. Then onwards to the beautiful harbour of Lossiemouth for some well earned food and drinks! Toilets: By the harbour next to the harbourmaster’s office in Burghead. Hopeman Harbour and Lossiemouth West Beach car park. In Station Park by Lossiemouth Harbour
A path with a variety of scenery to enjoy, from Lossiemouth the fine yellow sand of the east beach gives way to shingle and the dunes to the dense pinewood of Lossie Forest. Tank traps by the path and huge gun emplacements overlook the sea. Following the path inland, pass manmade pools full of freshwater life and nesting ducks. Binn Hill has on its seaward side a high fossil sea cliff now covered in trees and is well worth the climb to see its magnificent views. Waves of shingle in the forest mark the site of storm ridges, now high and dry. Passing the ridges, enter the Lein and into Kingston. In Kingston follow the path from Beach road to a farmyard and School Brae past an old 18th Century water tower. From Garmouth cross the viaduct over the Spey and carry on northwards to Spey Bay where you can try your hand at dolphin watching with help from the Moray Firth Wildlife Centre!
The mouth of the Spey at Tugnet is a great spectacle and is constantly being reshaped by the changing weather so one day can be completely different to the next! Follow the Speyside Way to Portgordon and onto a cycle path. The track at the mouth of the Gollachy Burn is an area rich with wild flowers and legend concerning German spies who landed there were arrested in Portgordon. Passing through Buckpool discover the Yardies conservation area, the perfect example of a seatown settlement. Buckie Harbour is alive with working fishing boats, shipbuilding, engineering and lifeboat station. Down the long flight of steps from Portknockie to Cullen Beach, the path leads to a lovely shoreline grassland. A low rock arch, the Whale’s Mou allows water to gush beneath a section of rock headland. In Cullen Bay, enjoy the sandy beach and look for the ‘Three Kings’, jagged stacks of gleaming white quartzite marching in line out of the sea. Cullen’s seatown next to the harbour is a beautiful terraced fishertown of low cottages. Toilets: Spey Bay Wildlife Centre and Buckie Harbour by wall of Fishmarket. Near ‘Mannie’ Statue in Findochty harbour. Portknockie has toilets at the harbour. Cullen Square and April to October at the beach.
This route starts at the small village of Clynnog Fawr and follows the stunning coastal path to Trefor. Despite its small size, Cynnog Fawr has a lot to see and experience so why not make a weekend of it! Take the time to stroll along the expansive beach, sip a refreshing pint of Welsh ale and a hearty home-cooked meal at the village’s 19th century coaching inn – named, appropriately enough, Y Beuno or visit Saint Beuno’s church to discover its striking architecture and fascinating history. Saint Beuno is to be credited with turning this place into a holy shrine since he established the first church here in the 7th century and this beautiful building is definitely worth a visit. Once you have sampled the sights and sounds of Clynnog Fawr, continue along the coast to Gyrn Goch and join a path that leads you along the Gyrn Goch and Gyrn Ddu mountains to the village of Trefor. Along this section you are surrounded by evidence of the granite quarrying of earlier years
Trefor is a peaceful seaside village and the small beack begins with glorious sands running into what eventually becomes a pebbled and shingled area. The beaches here are popular with both holidaymakers and wildlife, with seals often making the shoreline their home. From Trefor, after following the coast for a while you will begin to climb Yr Eifl. Yr Eifl is the tallest of a trio of hills known as The Rivals, an overlooked yet exciting range of hills that make up the backbone of the Llyn Peninsula. Rising to 564 metres above sea level, the Rivals offer rugged walking and great views. Despite some scars left by quarrying activity these hills are full of interest especially with the partly restored Tre'r Ceiri Hill Fort atop one of the summits. As you approach Pistyll you will see another church built by followers of Saint Beuno to give succour for travellers while on their pilgrimage to Bardsey Island. Shortly after leaving Pistill you will soon view Nefyn with its coat of arms of three herrings that reflects how important fishing was to this community. Despite the seemingly short distance of the walk, remember there is considerable ascent to be done and the terrain is hard going in places with large rocks submerged in knee deep heather.
Porth Dinllaen, one of the gems of the Llyn coastal path and this picture postcard village is only approachable by foot; across the sands from Morfa Nefyn, or by crossing the golf course on the headland. Any effort exerted, is amply rewarded however, with the magnificent views across the bay towards the Yr Eifl hills and the simple pleasure of just being in this idyllic paradise. Look out for the curious seals coming close to the shore to watch any activity! You then follow the path as it winds in a leisurely way along the coast. This is a land of coves, each one of which has its own unique character, such as Porth Ysgaden and Porth Colmon which are ideal for diving or launching and landing boats. At Porth Widlin you head inland for a while before rejoining the sea at Porth Oer which is a popular beach, backed by steep grassy cliffs. The beach is known as "Whistling Sands" because of the sound that occurs when you shuffle your feet! This does not happen all the time, but is a unique experience when it does! The noise is created by the unique shape of the sand particles and there is only one other such beach in Europe.
As you go around the headland you will be in the teeth of the wind and see how the rough seas have sculpted this landscape. The cliffs along this section of coast offer the best homes for interesting and rare wildlife. This is the stronghold of the emblem of the Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the chough, which you can recognise from its harsh call, red legs and beak. It's a bird-watchers' paradise anywhere at 'finisterre', Wales' 'land's end'. Look out for the chough, as well as the kittiwakes, kestrels, puffins, stone chats, guillemots, and manx shearwaters. From Uwchmynydd you will see Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) once a destination for pilgrims who according to legend made three visits to Bardsey which was equivalent to one pilgrimage to Rome. This small island is reputed to be the resting place for 20,000 saints! Turning eastwards you will arrive at the quiet village of Aberdaron, the last village west on the Llŷn Peninsula.
After leaving Aberdaron the route takes you away from the coast for a while before returning to the sea at Porth Ysgo. This small cove was once a hive of activity during the heyday of manganese mining. In 1945, mining came to an end and today it is only visited by walkers and climbers who love the boulders and cliffs the cove has to offer. After the gentle climb past the village of Y Rhiw you will arrive at Plas yn Rhiw. This small sixteenth century manor house was renovated by the Keating sisters during the twentieth century and bequeathed by them to the National Trust in 1949. The views from the grounds and gardens across Cardigan Bay are among the most spectacular in Britain so don’t miss out!
From Plas yn Rhiw you will see the wide and impressive expanse of Porth Neigwl or Hells Mouth. Walking along the beach for about 3 miles is possible when the tide is out, however, great care has to be taken, the inland route is recommended which takes you to the historic villages of Llangian and Llanengan. Porth Neigwl is a very popular rural beach, frequented by numerous surfers and kayakers due to the excellent conditions created by the relatively large waves that come ashore at times of strong westerly winds. If surfing is your thing, then this is the beach for you!
Abersoch is a popular seaside destination with great beaches, internationally recognised sailing waters, pleasant climate and beautiful scenery. so the perfect place to set up base will exploring the surrounding areas. This section of the coastal paths starts from Abersoch and follows the sandy beach “The Warren” to the former Tan y Mynydd quarry before climbing up to heath land on mynydd Tir- y -Cwmwd which will give you amazing views across most of the Llŷn Peninsular and across to Snowdonia. The mountains of Meirionnydd and Ceredigion can be seen to the south and east and on an exceptionally clear day even further to Pembrokeshire and across the Irish Sea to the Wicklow mountains! From Tir-y –Cwmwd the route takes you close to Oriel Glyn y Weddw and then along Llanbedrog beach past Carreg y Defaid and along Traeth Crugan. Here is an opportunity to comb the sands for drift wood and other treasures. You will soon reach Pwllheli and an opportunity to stop at a café and explore Llŷn’s largest town.
At the heart of the Llyn Peninsula, Pwllheli is known for its superb marina and some of the best sailing seas in the UK so why not make a weekend of it and try out your sea legs! From Pwllheli follow the beach to Morfa Abererch and on to Pen- ychain headland and pass the Hafan y Môr holiday centre. The route then takes you inland for a while along the roadside path to Llanystumdwy before again turning to the coast. Take advantage of this detour to visit the grave of one of Wales’s greatest statesmen, David Lloyd George. This section ends in Criccieth, “The Pearl Of Wales On The Shores Of Snowdonia” and owes its existence to Criccieth Castle, established by the Welsh Prince Llywelyn Fawr (Llewelyn the Great) and later enlarged by King Edward the First of England, is a landmark for miles around and dominates the small town – worth popping in on!
Bychan, or Black Rock Sands, a popular wide sandy beach with a rocky headland at the western end of the beach and a backdrop of sand dunes that are a site of special scientific interest. When the tide recedes you can explore the rock pools, exposed caverns and multi coloured rock face (the rocks are not black!). Moel y Gest mountain stands as a sentinel as you skirt its base before arriving at the end of your journey at Porthmadog. If you are feeling energetic then do head up Moel y Gest as the views over Porthmadog and Tremadog are splendid! Porthmadog is a bustling town, full of individual shops and places to eat. It has with a strong and proud heritage, culture and community. The Welsh language is a key part of its identity, commonly spoken here and its people are particularly warm and friendly. Perfect end to a day’s walk!
With pubs, shops and restaurants along the way, the route showcases plenty of attractions such as Whitley Bay, Tynemouth Priory, St Mary’s Lighthouse and beautiful views of the River Tyne. Blyth is a bustling port town with a rich history and a keen sense of its own identity. Famous for its wind turbines, located at both Blyth Harbour and offshore, there is also the popular South Beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand and home to the only beach huts in Northumberland! The route continues the coast down towards Tynemouth, passing Whitley Bay and its miles of clean golden sands. The sea is safe for bathing and there are plenty of the usual seaside amusements to keep the visitors entertained! You will finish your walk at Tynemouth where guarding the mouth of the River Tyne, the historic Tynemouth Priory and Castle are open to the visitor throughout the year, and are a great attraction for those interested in the past.
This route offers panoramic views of the coastline, taking in the many beautiful bays and coves that have been carved out of the cliff face by stormy seas over the years. Starting at South Shields pier on Sandhaven beach, this walk follows the coast south, passing The Leas, Marsden Rocks and Souter Lighthouse; there is plenty to see on this 8 mile walk! The Leas is 300 acres of grassy open space which backs onto the coastline and from here you will follow the continuous cliff top route all the way to Seaburn in Sunderland. Marsden Bay is home to one of England's most important seabird colonies with thousands of pairs of Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gulls and Cormorants. For an unusual lunch or refreshment stop take the lift or the cliff stairs to the Marsden Grotto pub, with its fantastic scenery and colourful history, it's the perfect location to while away an afternoon or summer evening. Continuing down the coast, you will then come across Souter Lighthouse located on cliff tops just south of the River Tyne. Opened in 1871 the lighthouse is famous as being the worlds first electric powered lighthouse and has a museum open to the public. NOTE: There is a firing range at Souter Point. Red flags will warn you when it is being used and so then follow the diversions indicated.
Teddington Lock is a complex of three locks and opened to river traffic here in 1811. The river downstream of the lock, known as the Tideway, is tidal, and so the locks are the end of the Tidal Thames. This section of the Thames Path has so much to see and do along the way! There is the chance for a spot of bird watching at the London Wetlands Centre and Kew Gardens beckons the green fingered! Following the river downstream, although the Putney Bridge is the starting point of the Cambridge – Oxford boat race, this bridge symbolises the end of this section, and is a great place to sit down, enjoy the river views and have a bite to eat.
Teddington Lock is a complex of three locks and opened to river traffic here in 1811. The river downstream of the lock, known as the Tideway, is tidal, and so the locks are the end of the Tidal Thames. This section of the Thames Path has so much to see and do along the way! On this side of the river, the route passes Syon Park, home to the Duke of Northumberland, a wonderful home, full of beauty and magnificence, of great paintings and furniture, with perhaps the finest Robert Adam interior in the country. Surrounded by its own parkland, with Kew Gardens across the Thames, it is hard to believe that Syon is barely 10 miles from central London! Stand on the Green is a particularly picturesque part of London and is well known for its pubs and restaurants so a perfect place for a pit-stop. Following the river downstream, although the Putney Bridge is the starting point of the Cambridge – Oxford boat race, this bridge symbolises the end of this section, and is a great place to sit down, enjoy the river views and have a bite to eat.
Your walk starts in Wandsworth where there have been huge changes to the riverfront in the last 10 years. Much development has taken place providing wide, modern promenades for walkers alongside the river. Further developments have started, or are planned, but until they are complete the Thames Path in places has to divert away from the river. Battersea Park provides a welcome green space before the Path passes behind the old Power Station (due for development soon) and on to the real heart of the city between Vauxhall and Tower bridges. There's far too much along this stretch to list here, but some of the treats include: wonderful views of the Houses of Parliament, a chance to see the whole of the city from the London Eye, and a leisurely stroll along the 'South Bank' with all its theatres and galleries to enjoy.
After a short detour away from the river and through Hurlingham Park you soon come to elegant Chelsea, home previously to many famous literary and artistic people. The Embankment gives great views across the river and takes you through Westminster, around the Houses of Parliament and on towards the financial square mile of the City of London. This section culminates in front of the dramatic Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Feel free to switch between the North and South Banks to see both sides of this impressive stretch of river.
Enjoy a stroll along the Thames Path as it winds its way through some of the most evocative spots to the home of the Cutty Sark and the glorious Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The transformation of docklands sits cheek by jowl with the traditional and post war redevelopment of Deptford so there is a lovely variance in scenery. Heritage and history in abundance at Greenwich with plenty of watering holes to slake that thirst and settle the pangs of hunger; www.visitgreenwich.org.uk
Witness the transformation of London Docklands into a vibrant modern city landscape as you make your way downstream. Contemporary life has made its mark in the striking form of Canary Wharf's towers, the Thames Barrier and the Millennium Dome. On route, why not visit London’s largest city farm at Mudchute! To reach Greenwich, cross the Thames via the pedestrian tunnel at Island Gardens. Heritage and history in abundance at Greenwich with plenty of watering holes to slake that thirst and settle the pangs of hunger; www.visitgreenwich.org.uk
This walks starts at the impressive Thames Barrier, opened in 1984 to protect London from flooding. From the barrier, the walk passes the Millennium Done then on through industrial sites to Greenwich, where there is plenty to see and do! The perfect place to finish a lovely weekend walk with heritage, history and an abundance of watering holes!
This short 6 mile (9¾ km) section is along or beside sandy beaches This section starts from Skegness Lifeboat Station located 200 metres east of Skegness Clock Tower. There are basically two options, either walk along the beach or walk along the concrete sea defences. If walking along the sea defences, a local golf course has blocked off public access to a short section of the defences just north of Skegness and it is therefore necessary to walk along the beach for a distance of 1 km. From Vickers Point, Ingoldmells there is also the option of following a public bridleway on the west side of the sea defences. This can provide a more sheltered route on a cold windy day. This bridleway goes all the way to Chapel St Leonards. Public Transport Skegness and Chapel St Leonards are both served by the InterConnect 9 bus service which runs between Skegness and Mablethorpe and also by Stagecoach service 1.
This 9¼ mile (15 km) section is largely a beach walk with the option of walking along sea defences for part of its length. Chapel St Leonards and Mablethorpe are both served by the InterConnect 9 bus service which runs between Skegness and Louth. This section starts from Chapel St Leonards Pullover, grid reference TF56277217. It is possible to walk along concrete sea defences as far as Chapel Point, but beyond this, beach walking is the only option. The path to the shop and cafe at Anderby Creek lies on the northern side of the houses visible from the beach. From the car park opposite the shop, there is the option of following a public footpath northwards to the parish boundary before rejoining the beach. From the start of the Huttoft Car Terrace at approximately TF545780, it once again becomes possible to walk along concrete sea defences which are relatively clear of sand and these can be followed all the way to Mablethorpe. Upon reaching the building in the photograph on the right it will be necessary to decend to the beach or if high tide, pass to the left of the building and rejoin the sea wall at the other side. The 'Star of the East' monument on Mablethorpe seafront marks the end point of this section
This 12¾ mile (20½ km) section begins exactly on the edge of OS Explorer map 284. The walk passes along Cleethorpes sea front, through the streets of Grimsby and along sea defences to Immingham. A number of bus services operate in the Cleethorpes/Grimsby area. Immingham is served by Service 45 which runs from Grimsby and by Service 250 which runs between Grimsby and Barton-upon-Humber. Starting from a point 150 metres to the southeast of the Greenwich Meridian, grid reference TA32610673, continue along the cycleway/footpath past the Leisure Centre. Follow the promenade along the sea front, past the pier, to its end. Continue ahead along the sea wall until reaching a footbridge over the railway line on the left. Cross this bridge and turn right on to Harrington Street. Pass New Clee railway station and at the road junction turn left on to Humber Street and then right on to Cleethorpes Road. Cross Riby Square with great care to join Railway Place which runs parallel with Cleethorpes Road. Pass beneath Cleethorpes Road and climb a stairwell to reach the central reservation of Cleethorpes Road and cross the railway line. Descend down a second stairwell and continue alongside Cleethorpes Road. Cross a second bridge and at the next roundabout, turn right on to Moody Lane. After crossing New Cut Drain, just past the sewage works, turn right on to a signed public bridleway (depicted on the latest OS maps as a 'Other route with public access'). After just a few metres, this becomes a concrete sea wall and this is followed all the way to 'Long Strip' where the bridleway leaves the sea wall, heading west through a wooded area to reach a busy road. EXTREME CAUTION: Turn right along this road and then left at the next junction. Generally, there is no roadside path along this busy road between the western end of 'Long Strip' at TA210152 and TA205149. A roadside path across the railway line bridge exists on the southern side of the road. Shortly after crossing the railway bridge, a path appears on the northern side of the road, join this and follow it right then left to reach a roundabout. Turn right. Turn left on to Pelham Road and follow this to the County Hotel 250 metres ahead at grid reference TA18951515. This marks the end of this section.
Most of this 7½ mile (12 km) section is through the Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife. Please remain on the waymarked public footpaths and permissive paths at all times Mablethorpe is served by the InterConnect 9 service from Skegness and Louth and Grayscroft service 1 from Louth. Saltfleet is served by CallConnect service 9M from Mablethorpe, CallConnect service 51 from Louth and Amvale Travel service 50 from Grimsby. Starting from the 'Star of the East' monument on the sea front, TF50838525, walk north to the end of the promenade, at which point, climb a flight of steps and turn right. Pass through the Sea View car park and then descend towards a road and shop opposite. Loop round to the right before reaching the road and follow the path through the dunes towards the sea. With 'Jabba the (Beach) Hut' on the right, turn left along the beach for one kilometre, taking the second marked exit on the left. Follow a path across the dunes to reach North End with a car park and nature reserve notice board on the left. Turn right (north) and walk across the 'Ferryboat Inn' customer car park to reach the corner of a fence. A permissive path runs from this point, through the dunes of the Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve. After a short distance this path splits into two, with one path going east towards the beach and the other going west. Take the path heading west which soon turns to a northerly direction and follow one of its various strands to the Crook Bank car park at TF489882. At this point, continue north along a public footpath to reach Brickyard Lane car park at TF483892. The public footpath between Brickyard Lane and Churchill Lane at TF478901 is non existent on the ground so upon reaching Brickyard Lane it is necessary to walk east to the beach. Turn left and follow the dunes to reach the end of Churchill Lane which is marked by a flagpole and a military warning notice on the beach. Turn left at the flagpole on to Churchill Lane to reach a car park, at which point, turn right, pass through a gate and view a wildlife information board. Follow the public footpath northwards to the Rimac car park. Upon reaching the road at Sea View Farm, turn right for a short distance to reach a fence and car park. At this point, turn left through a gate and pass a pill box on the right. Pass through a second gate and take the path to the left. Continue on to the A1031 road at Saltfleet Haven and the end of this section.