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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
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
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
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
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
STUDLAND BAY

Studland Bay is best known for its 4-mile stretch of sandy beach, popular with people of all ages. It sits between Poole Harbour and Old Harry Rocks, to the east of Swanage. There are actually five beaches - Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach - all but the last managed by the National Trust. There is a naturists (nudist) beach in the middle. Studland allegedly was the inspiration for Enid Blyton's Toytown ("Noddy, put your clothes back on at once").  The heathland behind the beaches is full of wildlife, including all six native British reptiles.

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Location/Address: Studland
County: Dorset
Post Code: BH19 3AX
Main Historic Period: N/A
Tip/Nearby: Poole, Swanage, Corfe
Primary Management: National Trust
Turnberry Aviation Memorial

A WW1 airfield was built in 1917 amidst a golf course that was laid out in 1902, with a luxury hotel being built in 1906. The airfield was initially an aerial gunnery school for the Royal Flying Corps, later the Royal Air Force. The RAF left after the war, but RAF Turnberry was reinstated for WW2, this time for coastal command and torpedo training. The hotel was used as a hospital during both wars. The memorial, standing lonely in the golf course, commemorates aircrew from the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. Park by the entrance to Turnberry Lighthouse and walk across the golf course toward the lighthouse - where you will also find the remains of Robert the Bruce's castle and fabulous views across to Ailsa Craig.

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Location/Address: Maidens Road
Turnberry
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA26 9PD
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Turnberry Lighthouse and Castle, Culzean Castle & Country Park
Primary Management: Unknown
Turnberry Lighthouse & Castle

The barely recognisable remains of one of the castles of Robert the Bruce - and possibly his birthplace - lie under and around a restored 19th century lighthouse, on a golf course, on a dramatic headland with views across to Ailsa Craig. The castle was probably 13th century and is believed to have been wrecked on Bruce's orders, to prevent the English using it. The lighthouse was built in 1873 to warn ships of the treacherous Bistro Rock. The light is now automated and in 2016 part of the lighthouse was converted into golf cafe and a luxurious two-bedroom apartment by the Trump Organisation. There's not much to see or do - unless you can afford to stay at the lighthouse or are playing golf - but it is a fascinating walk.  Park by the entrance to Turnberry Lighthouse and walk across the golf course. Also see the aviation memorial and the remains of RAF Turnberry's runways.

Location/Address: Maidens Road
Turnberry
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA26 9PD
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Trump Turnberry website
Tip/Nearby: Culzean Castle & Country Park
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
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.

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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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