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A rocky cove with sandy beach and waves crashing on the shore - from above
Carnewas at Bedruthan, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole


There's always something new and special to discover on the UK's coast, whether it's a secret cove or a habitat for rare wildlife. With more than 780 miles of coastline in our care, we look after many such places for all to enjoy. 

Visitors rockpooling at Wembury Beach, Wembury, Devon

No. 37 Explore the wonders of a rock pool 

As the tide goes out, the secrets of the sea are revealed in rock pools left behind. Exploring the wonders of a rock pool is no. 37 of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

Walkers on the South West coast path to Old Harry, Studland Bay, Dorset

Sounds of our shores 

We worked with the British Library and the National Trust for Scotland to create the UK’s first ever coastal sound map. Find out about the project and top tips for making your own recording of the sounds of our shores.

Visitors kayaking on the sea past the Old Harry Rocks, Purbeck Countryside, Dorset

Staying safe while canoeing 

While canoeing and kayaking are great ways to experience nature and keep fit, they can be dangerous if you don't follow the guidelines. Learn how to stay safe with our advice and guidance.

Close view of fossils at the disused Loftus Alum Works, North Yorkshire

Common fossils to find at the coast 

Do you know your ammonites from your devil’s toenails? Discover how to identify some of the fossils commonly found around the UK coast and where you might see them.

A bumblebee on blackthorn blossom

Explore the natural world

From learning how to identify trees to discovering the underwater world of rockpools, pick up some top tips to help you get closer to nature.