Coast & countryside

Revitalise your senses when you explore our beaches and coves, hills and valleys, woodlands or rivers.

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Dr. John Cooper Clarke at Ringstead Bay © National Trust

Dr. John Cooper Clarke at Ringstead Bay

Love the coast

Dr John Cooper Clarke has created a coastal poem for the nation to help us celebrate all that's special about the sea. Clarke created the first verses of the poem and over the summer you helped him finish it by sharing your memories and love of the coast.

Be inspired to plan your next trip to the coast by reading the Nation's Ode to the Coast.



Discover our different landscapes

  • Beaches

    Whether you're a surfer, enthusiastic sandcastle maker or someone who just wants to get away from it all, our beaches are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life all year round.

  • Dark skies

    The big, open skies of the countryside let you see thousands of stars sparkling at night. Enjoy star gazing at our suggested spots, and download our Dark Skies walking guides for details of all the key constellations to be seen.

  • Estuaries

    Estuaries are often havens for wildlife, especially birds - the perfect destination for naturalists. Relaxing places in which you can enjoy a walk accompanied by the spectacular sights and sounds of nature.

  • Grassland

    Grassy meadows are a great place to pause in, to enjoy a picnic and the benefits that wide open space can give you. They're also important habitats for lots of species including butterflies and moths and of course wild flowers and herbs.

  • Hills and mountains

    If you long for adventure, dramatic scenery, or just to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, why not escape to the hills? We care for some amazing places for walking and climbing, including areas of Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Moors.

  • Rivers & lakes

    Rivers and lakes have helped to create some of Britain's most iconic and breathtaking scenery. They offer great wildlife watching potential, but are also amazing playgrounds for those who enjoy a spot of watersports. We welcome canoeing, windsurfing and sailing on many of the rivers and lakes that we care for.

  • Woodland

    A visit to the woods is almost guaranteed to satisfy anyone interested in spotting wildlife. From large mammals to the elusive red squirrel, all manner of birds, and of course amazing trees and flowers, woods are the perfect place to start an outdoor adventure.

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