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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.

Location/Address: North York Moors National Park Authority
The Old Vicarage
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO62 5BP
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne – also known as Holy Island – is one of the most important centres of early English Christianity. King Oswald invited Celtic monks from Iona to spread Christianity in Northumbria and St Aidan founded a monastery on Lindisfarne in 635 AD. A monk named Cuthbert joined the monastery sometime in the 670s - he went on to became Lindisfarne’s greatest monk-bishop and the most venerated saint in northern England in the Middle Ages. The whole place is packed with history. The Lindisfarne Gospels were created here in the early 8th century. The monks left following violent Viking attacks in and today's visible ruins date from the early 12th century.

NB Holy Island is only accessible at certain times via a causeway across the sea that is covered twice a day. The tides come in very quickly; check carefully before setting out and be sure you have time to cross.

Location/Address: Holy Island
County: Northumberland
Post Code: TD15 2RX
Main Historic Period: Dark Ages
Useful Website Address: Entry on English Heritage's website
Tip/Nearby: Church of Mary the Virgin, Lindisfarne Castle, museums and mead shop and walking all on the island.
Primary Management: English Heritage

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.

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

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
County: Tyne & Wear
Post Code: SR6 7NH
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Souter lighthouse
Primary Management: National Trust

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.

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, 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.

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.

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

The Needles is an iconic image of the Isle of Wight, a set of jagged chalk pillars disappearing into the sea with a lighthouse at the western end of the island. And the easiest way to see them from the land is to visit the Needles Old Battery, a fascinating Victorian fort built in 1862 re-used during both World Wars. The nearby New Battery was used for secret rocket tests during the Cold War and contains an intriguing exhibition.

VERY limited parking nearby - best walk from the Alum Bay car park about a mile away. It can get very windy too.

Location/Address: West High Down
Alum Bay
County: Isle of Wight
Post Code: PO39 0JH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Tennyson Down for walkers, Alum Bay, Yarmouth Castle
Primary Management: National Trust

Coastal stretch running along the B8008 road between Arisaig and Morar, part of the old Road to the Isles to Mallaig and famous for its stunning beaches. There are also wonderful views across to the Isles of Muck, Eigg and Rum. The Silver Sands of Morar were featured in the movie, Local Hero (1983).

The post code is for a local golf club.

Location/Address: Arisaig
County: Highland
Post Code: PH39 4NT
Link to featured article: The Silver Sands of Morar
Tip/Nearby: The A830 Road to the Isles from Fort William is known for its scenery and takes in the Glenfinnan Monument.
Primary Management: Local Authority

In the Middle Ages, the small village of Blakeney was a thriving port handling exotic products like spices. Silting of the harbour changed its fortunes and it’s now an attractive tourist destination and a good base for exploring north Norfolk. It is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Norfolk Coastal Path passes through the village and the whole area is a magnet for walkers and wildlife lovers. The harbour and surrounding marshes are owned by the National Trust and is a nature reserve. Within the village are the remains of the medieval Blakeney Guildhall, the twin-towered medieval St Nicholas church as well as pubs and restaurants. The largest seal colony in England can be visited by boat to Blakeney Point, which (with restrictions to protect wildlife) can also be walked to from nearby Cley-next-the-Sea. Samphire is grown on the point and, as well as seals, ringed plovers, oystercatchers, brent geese and common teal can also be spotted.

County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7NE
Main Historic Period: All
Useful Website Address: Norfolk tourist site
Tip/Nearby: Nature reserve, seal spotting, Holkham Hall, Castle Acre...
Primary Management: Local Authority
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