Coastal walks

The coastline we look after has so many stories to tell. Smugglers, shipwrecks, battles, storms – our shores have seen it all.

Whether you’re looking for a bracing clifftop ramble, a gentle stroll on the beach or a fun day out with family and friends, we’ve got some great walks along the coastline for you to enjoy.

Yellow and golden sunset views over the Seven Sisters cliffs
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Belle Tout walk, Birling Gap, East Sussex 

Starting from Birling Gap, where you can see first-hand how dramatically the coastline is changing, this short walk takes you along the Seven Sisters cliffs to Belle Tout lighthouse before returning via the Horseshoe Plantation woodland and remains of ancient settlements on the downland.

Waves breaking on the long beach at Craster looking towards Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
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Craster to Low Newton coastal walk, Northumberland 

Taking you from one historic fishing village to another, this route from Craster to Low Newton and back offers views of the ruined Dunstanburgh Castle and the vast expanse of Embleton Bay. The route also takes in sand dunes and the Newton Pool Nature Reserve, both rich in wildlife.

The dunes at Formby
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Formby walk, Liverpool 

This short walk at Formby combines fantastic sea views with fascinating wildlife. Explore the pine woodlands, home to red squirrels, sand dunes, where natterjack toads breed, and beach, where you can look out towards North Wales, the Wirral peninsula and Blackpool.

View of the Giant's Causeway
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Runkerry trail near Giant's Causeway, County Antrim  

View the Giant’s Causeway from the tranquillity of Runkerry Head, just next door to the world-famous stones. See waves roll in from the Atlantic, enjoy views towards the Inishowen Peninsula and Scotland and keep an eye out for skylarks, stonechats, linnets and choughs on this walk.

People walking towards Marloes Sands
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Marloes Peninsula coastal walk, Pembrokeshire 

This walk on the Marloes Peninsula has amazing views over the Pembrokeshire Coast including Skomer Island and Marloes Sands. Look out for Welsh mountain ponies at Martin’s Haven, seabirds overhead and Atlantic grey seals on the beaches as well as an Iron Age fort and sedimentary rock formations.

A peaceful autumn scene by Newtown Creek
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Newtown Estuary walk, Isle of Wight 

Meander through the varied habitats of the Newtown National Nature Reserve, a sheltered section of the Isle of Wight coast, which is made up of salt marshes, mud flats, meadows and coppiced woodland. The route emerges on the edge of the estuary in several places.

Walking towards Old Harry Rocks
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Old Harry Rocks walk, Dorset 

One of the most famous landmarks on the Jurassic Coast, the Old Harry Rocks chalk stacks are unarguably the highlight of this walk. You can also enjoy views towards the Needles on the Isle of Wight, along the Dorset coastline and inland over the Purbeck Countryside.

Woolacombe Beach at sunset
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Potters Hill and Woolacombe Down walk, North Devon 

This walk takes you up onto Woolacombe Down on the North Devon Coast from where you’ll be afforded views of Woolacombe beach and dunes and Baggy Point and Morte Point at either end of the bay. You’ll also climb Potters Hill, Woolacombe Down’s ‘mini mountain’.

Remains of the Guibal Fanhouse on the cliff edge at Warsett
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Old Saltburn to Warsett Hill walk, North Yorkshire 

From the seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, with its Victorian pier and cliff lift, this walk takes you up to the summit of Warsett Hill where you can admire the Yorkshire Coast and surrounding countryside and discover some of the industrial heritage of the area, once used for mining iron stone.