Coastal walks: beautiful and scenic routes

 Visitors on the coastal path at Ravenscar and Peak Alum Works, Yorkshire

A bracing sea breeze, waves crashing against the rocks and soaring seabirds are just some of the reasons we love to walk by the sea. This unforgettable selection of coastal walking trails has it all – golden sands, clifftop views, dazzling wildlife and fascinating historical stories.

A walk by the sea is special in all sorts of ways. Coastal places often remind us of childhood and are where we make new memories with loved ones. Your efforts are always rewarded with an incredible view, a wildlife sighting or the discovery of an unusual rock formation. 

We've teamed up with our partner Cotswold Outdoor to create a new mini-series to get you inspired and prepared for your next coastal adventure.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

Find a coastal walk near you

Smugglers, shipwrecks, battles, storms – our shores have so many stories to tell. Whether you’re looking for a clifftop hike, or gentle ramble along the beach, here are some of the best routes to explore.

East of England

North of England

Northern Ireland
A famiy exploring Strangford Lough at Castle Ward

Coastal walks in Northern Ireland 

For dramatic coastal views, it’s hard to beat Northern Ireland. You could head to Murlough beach, which stretches out at the foot of the looming Mourne Mountains or head north to Giant’s Causeway with its other-worldly rock formations. Listen to the crashing waves and feel revived.

South of England

Wales
Two small rounded islands, Dinas Fawr and Dinas Bach

Coastal walks in Wales 

It’s possible to walk along the entire coast of Wales, so where better to go for a seaside stroll? With your help we look after a tenth of the 870-mile coast path, including the heath-covered Marloes Peninsula with its resident seals, and Rhossili Bay.

" It’s clear that there is something special about the coast. It's a place to escape, that can allow people to boost their mood, relax and sleep longer."
- Eleanor Ratcliffe, environmental psychologist
Video

Go on a coastal walk with Lizzie Daly

You're invited to join us and wildlife presenter Lizzie Daly on a refreshing coastal walk at Sandymouth in Cornwall. Our video will transport you to this wild stretch of coastline, where you’ll enjoy clifftop views, spot seabirds and discover how we work to stem the tide of plastic pollution.

Want to take the same trail as Lizzie? Sandymouth to Duckpool coastal walk

Top tips for a coastal walk

We've teamed up with our exclusive walking partner Cotswold Outdoor to make sure you're well prepared for a day of walking near the sea. Darren Johns, assistant store manager of the Cotswold Outdoor store in Truro, shares his top tips for getting the most out of walking at coastal places. 

Our work with Cotswold Outdoor

As our exclusive walking partner, Cotswold Outdoor supports our work to look 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. A proportion of the discount they offer our members and supporters also goes back into vital conservation work.

Plastic pollution threatens coastal wildlife

Keeping the coast clean 

We all love escaping to the sea. But the nature that coastal places connect us with is constantly under threat from plastic pollution. A swathe of plastic rubbish gets washed up on the shores of Sandymouth beach in Cornwall every week. Thanks to our friends at Keep Britain Tidy, running this year's Great British September Clean, a large amount of this waste is taken away from the beach and recycled. Members of the local community also help us move the litter to the top of the beach so it’s easier to collect. Would you like to do your bit for the coastal places you love? Join thousands of others by making a promise to help nature and wildlife thrive.

We need your support

Footpaths allow us to access the landscapes we love but looking after them is tough and costly work. Remote locations, rough terrain and poor weather conditions often mean that it can take a full day to repair about two metres of stone-pitched footpath in an upland area. And at a cost of up to £180 per metre, it's expensive too. 

  • £4 could repair and maintain one metre of a coastal path
  • £25 could buy a tonne of stone needed to surface paths and prevent erosion from rainfall
  • £50 could pay for two minutes of helicopter flying time to move bags of stones to the paths that need fixing

Your support is more important than ever as we come to terms with the impact of the coronavirus - thank you.

Sunset over the beach at Dunwich Heath

Help look after the places you love 

With your help, we can continue carrying out vital work to restore footpaths and make sure future generations can enjoy the beauty of coastal places. Your support means more now than ever.