The coastline we love is under increasing threat. With over 775 miles of it under our care, we're making sure it's well protected

A ranger looking out to sea on the Farne Islands
Walking on the South West coast path near Pencarrow Head, Cornwall

Caring for coastal footpaths 

Find out how we've been looking after the hundreds of miles of coastal paths in our care.

View to the Mourne Mountains from Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down, Northern Ireland

A few facts about the coastline we care for 

The National Trust cares for over 775 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Here are a few interesting facts about our work on the coast.

View of White Cliffs of Dover

Urgent White Cliffs appeal 

The White Cliffs appeal succeeded in helping us secure 700,000 square metres of land immediately behind the clifftop - reaching our target of £1 million in just three weeks. Thanks to all for their amazing generosity. Any future donations will go to restoring the land.

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Leaving a gift to save our coastline 

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters and 50 years of the Neptune Coastline Campaign, the National Trust manages more than 775 miles of UK coastline. Gifts in wills have been fundamental to our success.

" I have a deep love of the coast. Formby where I'm based means a lot to me, a place where generations of my family have been visiting."
- Kate Martin, lead ranger, Formby
Two of the outboard motor boats available to hire at Crom

Places to stay by the water 

Fancy a watery break? Discover our range of campsites, outdoor centres and holiday cottages, all within a throw of the water’s edge.

Looking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at Stackpole.

A vision for our coastline 

Our Neptune campaign has been working to preserve the UK's coastline for 50 years. Now we've announced our plans for the next 50.

The storms battering the dunes

Living with change: Our shifting shores 

We're tackling the threats of a changing coastline to safeguard the coastline you love.

Image of the Mapping our shores website

Spot the difference 

Use our Land use mapping website to discover the differences fifty years has made in coastal land use.


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