Coastal walks: beautiful and scenic routes

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.

Sun sets over the shingle sweep of Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey
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Cemlyn, Anglesey 

On this two-mile (3.2km) walk you step out of the car park onto a fantastic shingle ridge. Watch a host of water birds on the lagoon and walk back along the lane. You'll also pass the home of the first person to fly from Wales to Ireland, Captain Vivian Hewitt, who also created the lagoon.

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, wander among the sand dunes where natterjack toads breed, and walk along the beach where you can look out towards North Wales, the Wirral peninsula and Blackpool.

Higher Bal engine house, Levant
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Levant to Botallack and Higher Bal walk, Cornwall 

An easy circular walk along the South West Coast Path from Levant to the Crown Mines of Botallack which are perched precariously on cliffs next to the Atlantic. Carry on through a landscape of Cornish mining remains until you reach the ruined engine house that is Higher Bal.

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.

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.

Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula, Wales
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Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula 

Explore this gem of a walk on the Llyn Peninsula. It will reward you with stunning views in all directions as you follow it along a splinter of land that's an outstanding wildlife haven.

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.

Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland
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The Souter Saunter, Sunderland 

Take The Souter Saunter and explore the coast at a relaxed pace. Discover the site of a lost village, take in a nature reserve and do some wildlife watching along the way.

Pathway with poppies onto Whitehaven Coast, Cumbria
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Whitehaven's colourful coastal walk, Cumbria 

Experience wild, secluded beaches on this dramatic cliff-top walk from Whitehaven's historic 17th-century harbour. Explore the town's industrial archaeology and join Wainwright's Coast to Coast path.

Coast and beaches we recommend

near Kingsbridge, Devon

A long sweep of golden sand and rock pools, with crystal clear waters and iconic rock archway

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Rhossili, Swansea

Beautiful and breathtaking views on the Gower peninsula

near Formby, Liverpool

Glorious beach with dramatic sand dunes, surrounded by sweeping coastal pinewoods.

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