Coastal walks with cafes

What could be better than combining a refreshing walk by the sea with a tasty tea-room treat? We’ve chosen some inspiring coastal walks featuring cafés where you can fuel up before you hit the trail, make a pit stop along the way or reward your tired legs.

Enjoy a freshly baked scone or a reviving cuppa, warm your cockles with a hot soup or taste locally sourced and seasonal produce. Our seaside cafés are also great place to take in inspiring sea views and discover more about our coastal heritage.

View of Down from beach
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Brean Down, Somerset 

A natural pier jutting out from the Somerset Coast, Brean Down features Iron Age remains and a Victorian fort, built to protect against the threat of a French invasion, which was rearmed during the Second World War. Starting from the Brean Down Cove Café (Trust-licenced cafe), explore the history of the headland on a circular coastal walk, enjoying views over the Bristol Channel.

Castle Ward Mansion House, Down
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Castle Ward, County Down 

Take the shore trail at Castle Ward along Strangford Lough and back and enjoy the peaceful waters of the sea loch, the largest in County Down. Just a short stroll from the walk’s start point, the Coach House tea-room in the stableyard serves soups, sandwiches made to order, chocolate brownies and spiced carrot cake amongst other homemade delights.

Dunwich scones
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Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

Scones are taken seriously at the Dunwich Heath tea-room and it’s also an ideal spot to take in views of the beach and colourful heather and gorse heathland, particularly from the lookout tower. Head out from the tea-room on a loop of Dunwich Heath, home to Dartford warblers, nightjars and woodlarks, and savour your scones before or after your walk – or both.

View of the Needles rocks, Isle of Wight
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Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight 

Take an invigorating figure of eight walk along Tennyson Down and enjoy the views from the Tennyson Monument, the highest point on the chalk cliffs of West Wight. The route takes you past the Needles Old Battery and New Battery, where you can stop for a bite to eat at the Needles Old Battery tea-room. The former Port War Signal Station, the tea-room has panoramic views overlooking the Needles rocks.

Visitors enjoying refreshments in the Courtyard Café
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Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Admire the north Norfolk landscape on a circular walk from Sheringham Park to the coast. You’ll meet the sea at Weybourne, following the sandy path along the cliff edge above the beach before heading back inland. Reward your efforts with a hearty bacon roll and chips or a tasty cake, two popular options at Sheringham Park’s Courtyard Café.

A man holds a little girl up to see the view from Souter's Lantern Room
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Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, Tyne and Wear 

Call into the Lighthouse Cafe at the beginning or end of a circular walk from Souter Lighthouse taking in the Whitburn Coastal Park and Nature Reserve. Local dishes such as panackelty or singin’ hinnies can be found on the menu alongside delicious homemade cakes, just what you’ll need to climb the 76 steps to the top of the lighthouse.

Visitors at the Boathouse tea room, Stackpole Quay
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Stackpole, Pembrokeshire 

Starting from Stackpole Quay, enjoy a circular walk exploring Stackpole’s wildlife habitats including Barafundle Bay, Stackpole Head and the Bosherton Lily Ponds. The Boathouse tea-room is just a few steps from Stackpole Quay. As well as lovely views from the tea-room’s orchard you’ll find seasonal ingredients from the Stackpole walled garden and local Pembrokeshire produce being used.

Whitehaven Harbour and Candlestick
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Whitehaven, Cumbria 

Explore the industrial heritage of the Whitehaven Coast on a walk from Whitehaven to St Bees and back. Combine your walk with a visit to the Haig Colliery Mining Museum and café – the museum is one of several partners we’re working with to improve access and conservation along the Whitehaven Coast as part of the Colourful Coast project.