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BEACHY HEAD

Beachy Head is a famous chalk headland and landmark, immediately to the west of the town of Eastbourne. There are fine views and walks along the cliffs, approx 500 feet above sea level. There is parking nearby and at Birling Gap further along the coast. Beachy Head has an interesting history and was used as a listening and lookout post during WW2. The cliffs are, however, extremely dangerous and the area has a high death-rate, through a combination of foolish accident and, unfortunately, suicide. Beachy Head lighthouse began operating in 1902.

The post code below is for the nearby pub.

Nr Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN20 7YA
N/A
Official Beachy Head website
Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park
Local Authority
BROWNSEA ISLAND

Brownsea Island (aka 'Branksea') is the largest island in Poole Harbour (about 1 mile x 1/2 mile) and is primarily a wildlife area of woodland, heath and wetland, home to red squirrels and a variety birds. There are trails and events, including open air theatre and an annual round the island swim. Brownsea was chosen by Baden-Powell to try out his scouting ideas and is also said to have inspired Enid Blyton. Brownsea Castle, originally 16th century, is currently (August 2016) leased to the John Lewis Partnership as a staff hotel and not open to the public. Access to the island is by ferry from Poole.

Poole Harbour
Poole
Dorset
BH13 7EE
N/A
National Trust
DUNSTANBURGH CASTLE

The dramatic ruined castle of Thomas of Lancaster, executed for treason in 1322, stands on a rocky headland jutting into the North Sea. The castle went on to witness fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, but now the predominant sound is the shrieking of seabirds. A short, sometimes bracing, Walk from either Craster or Embleton.

Craster
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 3TT
Medieval
About 8 miles north east of Alnwick.
English Heritage
EXMOOR

Exmoor is a mixed area of moorland, farmland and coast in north Somerset and Devon, with picturesque villages, tiny hamlets, prehistoric remains and bubbling streams. It can be toured by road as well as providing wonderful hiking country.

Exmoor National Park Authority
Exmoor House
Dulverton
Somerset
TA22 9HL
N/A
Britain's National Parks
National Park
GOLDEN CAP

Golden Cap is a cliff and countryside estate on Dorset's Jurassic coast, with footpaths, views and access to the beach for fossil-hunting.

NB Particular care must be taken of tides and the high risk of cliff falls.

There are a variety of ways of getting to the estate. Stonebarrow Hill, where there is a car park and information centre with toilets and a small shop in an old radar station, is a good place to start. Post code below is approximate.  From the west, go through Charmouth and take the turning on right by Stonebarrow Manor into Stonebarrow Lane. NB this is extremely narrow. Head as far as you can until you're there!

Stonebarrow Hill
Located off the A35 between Lyme Regis and Bridport
Dorset
DT6 7RA
N/A
Between Golden Cap and Charmouth
Charmouth, Bridport
National Trust
HIVE BEACH

Lovely, and popular, beach on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.  National Trust car park.

Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock
Dorset
DT6 4RF
N/A
Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock
Bridport
National Trust
LOCH LOMOND and the TROSSACHS

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park offers the romance of Britain's largest lake (will you take the high road, or the low road?), sea lochs, Rob Roy's cave, mountains in excess of 3,000 feet, beautiful glens, forests and wildlife. And it's right on Glasgow's doorstep. The Trossachs is an area between Loch Lomond and Stirling, which includes lochs, hills, forests and villages. But the entire park covers an area of 720 square miles.

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Headquarters
Carrochan
Carrochan Road
Balloch
Dunbartonshire
G83 8EG
N/A
Britain's National Parks
National Park
LULWORTH COVE

Lulworth Cove is a beauty spot, part of Dorset's Jurassic Coast. It is a perfect horseshoe shape and a short(ish) walk from other local geological and scenic attractions, including Durdle Door - a natural limestone arch (pictured).

Main Road
Lulworth
Dorset
BH20 5RQ
N/A
Lulworth & Durdle
Tyneham, Corfe Castle
Unknown
MARSDEN BAY

Marsden Bay is part of a stunning limestone cliff coastline between South Shields and Sunderland. It is a favoured nesting place for seabirds, particularly cormorants, fulmars and kittiwakes, much frequented by families and dog-walkers and admired by geologists. There is a famous and historic cave bar and diner, Marsden Grotto, attached to the cliff, which gets mixed reviews.

Coast Road
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE34 7BS
N/A
Marsden Bay isn't quite the Algarve
Souter Lighthouse
Local Authority
NORTH YORK MOORS (The)

The North Yorkshire Moors National Park offers 554 square miles of moorland and valleys, including old, stone-built, hamlets, charming towns (like Helmsley), ancient ruins and a dramatic coastline. This is classic hiking or touring country, but it is also home to (allegedly) the world's most popular heritage steam railway, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which runs between Pickering and the bustling seaside town of Whitby.  The picture shows the tiny fishing port at Robin Hood's Bay.

North York Moors National Park Authority
The Old Vicarage
Bondgate
Helmsley
North Yorkshire
YO62 5BP
N/A
Britain's National Parks
National Park