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SOUTH DOWNS (The)

The gentle chalk downlands of Hampshire and Sussex along the south coast of England are close to some of the most populous parts of the country. It is a rich area of mixed farming, woodland, pretty villages, good pubs and walking without much altitude. The slopes will still test the muscles, though. It is also a grand place to meander on bike or by car and there is a multitude of attractions to visit.

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Location/Address: South Downs National Park Authority
South Downs Centre
North Street
Midhurst
County: West Sussex
Post Code: GU29 9DH
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
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.

Location/Address: Coast Road
South Shields
County: Tyne and Wear
Post Code: NE34 7BS
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Marsden Bay isn't quite the Algarve
Tip/Nearby: Souter Lighthouse
Primary Management: Local Authority
St MARY’S LIGHTHOUSE

Victorian lighthouse operational from 1898 until 1984. It and the keeper's cottage are open to visitors - access is between tides over a causeway. It is surrounded by rock pools and something of a nature reserve. The closest dry mainland is called Curry's Point, named for a Michael Curry who was hung from a gibbet on the spot in 1739.

Location/Address: St Mary's Island
Whitley Bay
County: Tyne and Wear
Post Code: NE26 4RS
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Seaton Delavil Hall. Close to Newcastle upon Tyne.
Primary Management: Local Authority
SOUTER LIGHTHOUSE

The first purpose built lighthouse to be lit by electricity. There are cracking views from the top, you can get up close and personal with a rather large light bulb and there is a fascinating museum. On the adjacent grass-covered wind-swept cliff top used to be a mining village - not a trace of it can be seen now. All about are the cries of hundreds of seabirds and the grassland - the Leas - is home to a variety of wildflowers.

Location/Address: Coast Road
Whitburn
Sunderland
County: Tyne & Wear
Post Code: SR6 7NH
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Souter lighthouse
Primary Management: National Trust
ORFORD NESS

Orford Ness is Europe's largest shingle spit, approximately 10 miles long running between the River Alde and the North Sea in Suffolk. It is an internationally important area of shingle habitat, home to a huge variety of wildlife, much of it fragile and precious. It was also used for secret military testing and experimentation, including for aircraft, radio, radar, ballistics and atomic weapons, since the First World War until after the Cold War. Limited access is available via National Trust Ferry from Orford.

Location/Address: Orford Quay
Orford
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP12 2NU
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: What really happened at Orford Ness?
Tip/Nearby: Orford Castle, Havergate Island (RSPB)
Primary Management: National Trust
Southwold from the pier

A charming, small, seaside town, famous for its colourful beach huts and home to Adnams Brewery. It has a pier, with some quirky slot machines, a boating lake and putting green. Most importantly, there's a decent beach, a mixture of shingle and sand. There's also a lighthouse, museum, other attractions and associations with George Orwell, whose parents lived in the town.  he Battle of Solebay took place off-shore in 1672.

Location/Address: Southwold
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP18 6DS
Main Historic Period: All
Link to featured article: A short visit to Southwold
Useful Website Address: Visit Southwold website
Tip/Nearby: Aldeburgh, Thorpeness
Primary Management: Local Authority
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.

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Location/Address: Exmoor National Park Authority
Exmoor House
Dulverton
County: Somerset
Post Code: TA22 9HL
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, as its name suggests, is predominantly coastal.   and has been likened to Cornwall without the crowds.  It offers a 260-mile coastline in south-west Wales, but in addition to high cliffs, dramatic seascapes and beautiful sandy beaches, it also has inland hills to explore.  It is renowned for its wildlife, including seals and dolphins, and prehistoric sites.

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Location/Address: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Llanion Park
Pembroke Dock
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA72 6DY
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
St DAVID’S HEAD

St David's Head, or St David's Peninsula, is a dramatic coastal headland where can be found the site of St Patrick's Chapel, the remains of an Iron Age settlement and defensive wall (Warriors' Dyke), field systems and a Neolithic tomb (Arthur's Quoit). Also renowned for its flora and fauna, including dolphins, seals and peregrine falcons. Take the coastal path heading north from the car park.

The car park can get full at peak times; buses are available from St Davids, 2 miles away.

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Location/Address: Park at Whitesands Bay
End of B4583
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA62 6PS
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: St David's Head
Tip/Nearby: St Davids
Primary Management: National Trust
WHITESANDS BAY, Pembrokeshire

Wide, sandy, beach popular with surfers, canoeists and body-boarders - particularly the northern end closest to St David's Head. At very low tides, the remains of an ancient forest have been seen and the remains of animals found.

The car park can get full at peak times; buses are available from St Davids, 2 miles away.

Region:
Location/Address: End of B4583
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA62 6PS
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Visit Pembrokeshire website
Tip/Nearby: St Davids Head
Primary Management: National Park
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