Coastal walks: beautiful and scenic routes
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 friends and family. 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.
In this article:
- Follow a coastal trail with Lizzie Daly
- Find a coastal walk near you
- Top walking tips
- Help us care for walking trails by the sea
In our four-part series, wildlife presenter Lizzie Daly explores how we look after the countryside so walkers can enjoy the view and nature can thrive. Throughout the series, she joins our rangers on a wide variety of walking trails that take in mountain summits, coastal landscapes, urban areas and accessible routes suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility aids.
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.
" 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."
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.
What equipment do I need?
A sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots, lightweight clothing, a waterproof jacket and something warm to wear in case it gets cold. 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.
Please take litter home with you
Litter not only damages the landscape it also poses a threat to wildlife. It can also 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.
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.
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.
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.