Beach adventures and coastal refreshers

The beauty and variety of our coast offers endless activities and adventure. Here are just a few highlights.

Beach on the western side of Brownsea Island, Dorset
Wander along the beach National Trust Images / Nick Meers

Brownsea Island, Dorset 

Seek out adventure at Brownsea Island, a car-free haven with rare wildlife, an exciting history and terrific views of the Purbeck Hills.

The rope bridge over Carrick-a-Rede
Carrick-a-Rede is a separate island off of the North Antrim coastal Walk National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Carrick-a-Rede, Co. Antrim 

Carrick-a-Rede, Co. Antrim is a small island reached by rope bridge over a 98 feet (30m) drop. Discover your favourite coastal walk and spot some rare wildlife.

Family on the beach at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight
Enjoy a day out at the beach National Trust Images / John Millar

Compton Bay and Downs, Isle of Wight 

Compton Bay and Downs on the Isle of Wight was once roamed by dinosaurs, making it a great place to go fossil hunting. You can also walk across the open downland or enjoy a classic day at the beach.

View along the grass covered dunes of Minsmere Beach looking North towards Dunwich coastguard cottages
Explore the dunes at Dunwich Dunwich Heath / Paul Wakefied

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk 

Dunwich Heath and Beach in Suffolk Escape is a rare and precious habitat. Discover unique wildlife, find sunken treasure and experience a riot of colour on the heath.

National Trust Surf Ambassadors at Godrevy, Cornwall
Get in the water at Godrevy, Cornwall National Trust Images / Ben Selway

Godrevy, Cornwall 

Visit Godrevy, Cornwall to surf the perfect wave or explore its sandy beaches and hidden coves.

 View of Burton Cliff and Beach, Dorset, looking East taken in late winter sunlight
Burton Beach at Burton Bradstock is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Jurassic Coast, Dorset  

Explore the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. There's plenty of fossil hunting to be done and National Trust places to discover along the way.

Looking north across Rhossili Bay
Enjoy a quintessential day out at the beach on Rhossili Bay National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Rhossili Bay and South Gower Coast, Gower 

Rhossili Bay and South Gower Coast, Gower is a scenic spot for coastal walks, watersports and wildlife. Climb Rhossili Down, the highest point on Gower, for views to West Wales, Lundy Island and the north Devon coast.

A view across the beach to St Michael's Mount, with a medieval castle atop the island which is connected to the mainland by a causeway, Cornwall
Catch the tide at the right time and you can walk over to St Michael's Mount National Trust Images / John Millar

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall  

Visit St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall for a unique day out. This tiny, rocky island is home to the St Aubyn family and a small community of islanders. Tour the castle at its peak and discover its fascinating past.

Visitors enjoying a game of beach volleyball at Shell Bay, Studland, Dorset
Why not give beach volleyball a go on your next visit to Studland? National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Studland Beach, Dorset 

Studland Beach, Dorset is an idyllic sandy beach in Purbeck stretching for four miles from South Haven Point to Old Harry Rocks. Take a day out to discover its shallow bathing waters and sandy beaches. Ideal for all kinds of watersports too.