Coastal walks near our properties

We look after castles, forts, country houses and other historic buildings on or near the coast where you can incorporate an invigorating walk with your visit.

We’ve chosen some of our favourite places to combine a splash of heritage with sea views and fresh air.

Interior of Bembridge Windmill

Bembridge Fort, Isle of Wight 

Discover the Isle of Wight’s rich military history on a walk on Bembridge and Culver Downs. The circular route visits Culver Battery and Bembridge Fort, two of several Victorian Palmerston Forts built on the island to protect the Solent from the threat of French invasion. Along the way you’ll have spectacular clifftop views into the channel, towards Sandown and back over the island. Visits to Bembridge Fort are by pre-booked guided tour.

Lapwings flying over a misty Strangford Lough
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Castle Ward and Strangford Lough, County Down 

Castle Ward is one of Northern Ireland’s finest demesnes, or country estates, and occupies an enviable position overlooking Strangford Lough. After exploring the 18th-century mansion, a mixture of classical and gothic architecture, head to the old farmyard for a walk along the shores of Strangford Lough, a large sea loch which is home to seals and birds including oystercatchers.

Corfe Castle in the mist
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Corfe Castle, Dorset 

The history of Corfe Castle stretches back over a thousand years. The keep was home to Henry I, William the Conqueror’s son, and the castle was the site of two Civil War sieges. Walk to the Jurassic coast from the castle following the ridge over the Purbeck countryside. The route takes in views over Poole Harbour and Old Harry rocks before following the coast from Ballard Down to Swanage.

Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demesne
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Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry 

Downhill Demesne in County Londonderry includes the 17th-century cottage Hezlett House and the ruins of the 18th-century Downhill House. Go on a walk around the demesne and stop to admire the dramatic views of the Inishowen Peninsula from the clifftop at Mussenden Temple, a folly based on the Temple of Vesta in Rome.

The colourful top garden border in the garden at Greenway, Devon
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Greenway, Devon 

Born in nearby Torquay, Agatha Christie was enchanted by Greenway high on the banks above the River Dart and bought the house in 1938. Greenway’s boathouse even inspired a scene in her novel Dead Man’s Folly. A walk around Greenway’s garden affords views of the river and towards Dartmouth on the coast.

Lindisfarne Castle shown beyond the remains of two jetties
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Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland 

Perched on a volcanic mound and separated from the Northumberland coast by a tidal causeway, Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island occupies a dramatic setting which can be appreciated on a walk around the castle. Its history is equally fascinating; Edward Hudson asked Edwin Lutyens to transform the fort into a house and commissioned Gertrude Jekyll to create the walled garden.

Plas Newydd, Anglesey, with the Menai Strait and Snowdonia seen from beneath a large sycamore tree
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Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

Set on the shores of the Menai Strait, a narrow stretch of tidal water separating Anglesey from mainland Wales, Plas Newydd is home to Rex Whistler’s largest ever painting and a Waterloo Museum. Take a walk along the Menai Strait where you can see wading birds including little egrets and herons. The sheltered waters also attract terns, gulls, cormorants and shags.

Boats near the River Mersey, seen from the Speke Garston Coastal Reserve
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Speke Hall 

Speke Hall on the banks of the River Mersey combines Tudor architecture with Arts and Crafts interiors including several different designs of William Morris wallpaper. Stretch your legs on a walk to the Mersey shoreline where you can discover the birds that call the estuary home, including redshanks, dunlins, curlews, and the plants such as fleabane and lousewort that thrive there.

Lydstep Head from the air
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Tudor Merchant's House, Pembrokeshire 

Step back in time at the Tudor Merchant’s House, Tenby’s oldest house, and discover what life was like for the merchant, his family and their servants in 1500. Combine your visit with a walk on Lydstep Head just along the Pembrokeshire coast. The headland is a haven for wildflowers, butterflies and seabirds. Take in views towards Caldey Island, Lundy Island and the Somerset coast.

The back garden of Tintagel Old Post Office, Cornwall
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Tintagel Old Post Office, Cornwall 

Tintagel Old Post Office has a curious history. A 14th-century yeoman's farmhouse, it briefly held a licence to be the letter receiving station for the district in the Victorian period. Walk from the village to Barras Nose headland and admire views of the dramatic ruins of Tintagel Castle. Alternatively a short drive away you can follow the Rocky Valley walk from Venn Down to the shore near Bossiney.