A few facts about the coastline we care for

View to the Mourne Mountains from Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down, Northern Ireland
We are Britain’s largest coastal landowner and Europe’s largest conservation organisation National Trust / Joe Cornish

We look after a number of the best surfing spots in Britain, from Godrevy in Cornwall to Portstewart Strand in Northern Ireland.

Find out more about our magnificent coast and what it takes to look after more than 775 miles of it.
  • We're Britain’s largest coastal landowner and Europe’s largest conservation organisation. We were set up in 1895 to protect places of historic or natural beauty for the nation to enjoy. As a charity, we rely heavily on hundreds of volunteers every year who help to maintain coastal footpaths and take part in our beach-cleans.
  • The management and conservation of our coastal land costs approximately £3,000 per mile, per year.
  • Challenges such as climate change and rising sea levels, fisheries management and the need for a marine planning system, have led us to shift our focus beyond the limits of land ownership and get involved in issues affecting the broader coast.
  • We own hundreds of coastal car parks, income from which is ploughed straight back into the management and conservation of the surrounding area. Become a member and you get to use our car parks for free.
  • In 1965 we launched The Neptune Coastline Campaign in response to growing fears that development was slowly destroying the nation's natural coastline. Four decades on, the campaigning spirit and generosity of thousands of people has helped us raise £45 million. This has allowed us to open and maintain our coastline for the millions of people who enjoy it every year.