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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tenby perches on a rocky promontory between two sandy bays overlooking the Bristol Channel. It is a picturesque walled town with cobbled streets, a 15th C Merchant’s House and an interesting history. Famously, Henry Tudor sailed into exile from the town, returning later to defeat Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth and found a new dynasty as Henry VII. It’s a popular resort. As well as the usual beach stuff, cafes and so forth, there are boat trips to nearby islands, water sports and walking on offer along the coastal path.