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Top tips for coastal walks

Two walkers and one person using an all-terrain mobility vehicle look out from a grassy hill, across the sea and to a coastal town
Visitors at Countisbury Hill, near Lynmouth, Exmoor | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

We've teamed up with our exclusive walking partner Cotswold Outdoor to make sure you're well prepared for a day of walking by the coast. Darren Johns, assistant manager of the Cotswold Outdoor store in Truro, shares his top tips for a safe and enjoyable visit.

What equipment do I need?

A sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots, lightweight clothing, a waterproof jacket and some warm layers like a fleece or thermals to keep out the cold. Also take some snacks and a water bottle or hydration pack.

How should I prepare?

Check the weather forecast, but always be aware that conditions can change rapidly by the sea. Let someone know where you’re going and make sure you’re back before dark. Tackle steep descents and ascents slowly.

A close-up of a pair of walking boots with walkers and a mountain view in the background
The right footwear is essential for a safe coastal walk | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Please take litter home with you

Litter not only damages the landscape, it also poses a threat to wildlife and can fuel wildfires. That’s why we’re asking you to keep hold of your litter until you find a bin, or please take it home with you.

Stay safe

Enjoy your time at the coastal places in our care. But please be alert and follow these guidelines to keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible.

A dramatic view of Giant's Causeway from the water, with a dark sky above, waves crashing into the rocks and visitors exploring the mainland
Be prepared for changes to the weather | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Our work with Cotswold Outdoor

As our exclusive walking partner, Cotswold Outdoor supports our work looking after special outdoor places for everyone to enjoy. Cotswold Outdoor gives us funding to help care for walking trails so more people can access the countryside.

As our official outdoor retail partner, Cotswold Outdoor supports us in safeguarding coast and countryside.

Discount for National Trust supporters

National Trust supporters receive a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, in store and online when you sign up to Cotswold Outdoor’s free Explore More benefits scheme. This offer expires on 30 September 2026 but may be extended. Details on how to claim the offer are below.

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Coast and beaches

From wild cliffs and open seas to tranquil beaches and hidden coves, there are endless beautiful places along the coastline we look after to explore.

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

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