Coast & beaches

As an island nation, we all feel a strong connection to the coast. We look after more than 780 miles of coastline, all year round

Rockpooling on the beach at Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland
Walker on the coast path at East Soar, Devon

Coastal walks: beautiful and scenic routes 

Head out on a coastal walks to feel revitalised by the sea air and open space. You'll see different wildlife and a rainbow of changing colours through the seasons.

Visitors on the beach at Rhosili and South Gower Coast, Wales

Beautiful beaches near you 

We look after sandy coves, rocky bays and beaches with uninterrupted views of the sea along the hundreds of miles of coastline we care for. Here's a selection of the most beautiful ones.

Plas Newydd with the Menai Strait and Snowdonia in the background

Gardens by the sea 

There’s something magical about a garden by the sea. Enjoy the warmer climate, tropical plants and winding coastal paths framed by lush vegetation and sea views. From the palm trees at Overbeck's, Salcombe, to the colours in the Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lindisfarne, you're sure to find a memorable spot.

Bossington Hill above Porlock Bay, on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset.

Help keep the coast alive 

Building sandcastles and paddling in the sea — what if all we had left of the coast were memories? As seas rise and storms rage, our shifting shores are transformed. Each coastal mile costs £3,000 a year to maintain and we need your help to keep the coast alive for everyone.

Your shores...

A boy rock pooling with a starfish in a net Yorkshire Coast

Top 50 things to do at the beach 

Catch a crab, fly a kite, skim a stone. Our '50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾' activities list has inspiring ways to help your children get close to nature on the beach.

Evening dog walk on beach at Godrevy, Cornwall

Make the most of dog walking in the great outdoors with help from Forthglade 

We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade so you and your dog can get even more out of the special places we care for. Find out how our new three pawprint rating system makes it easier for you to plan a visit with your four-legged friend.

The exterior of Chapel Cottage, Ravenscar, Yorkshire

Coastal holiday cottages 

Spend your summer by the coast at one of our unique coastal cottages. With cottages by the beach, sea view apartments and cliff-top retreats, you can holiday to some of the nation's best coastline.

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