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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
Arnside, Cumbria

Arnside was a tiny fishing village until it grew as a holiday destination in Victorian times. It is located on the estuary of the River Kent on the north-eastern corner of Morecambe Bay, within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is predominantly residential. There's a small pier, a collection of shops and cafes, a couple of pubs and easy walks along a modest promenade with lovely views of the Cumbrian mountains. The tides at Arnside go out a long way, and turn very quickly creating a tidal bore when the water floods back. It is also highly dangerous to venture onto the sands. Nearby Arnside Knott, a limestone hill, provides woodland and open hillside walks and is famous for its views over Morecambe Bay - and its butterflies and flowers. On the Silverdale side of Arnside Knott is Arnside Tower, a Pele tower built as a defence against border (Scottish) raiders. The railway (Furness Line) between Lancaster and Carlisle via Barrow-in-Furness crosses the River Kent via the Arnside viaduct.

Location/Address: Arnside
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA5 0HE
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Arnside online website
Tip/Nearby: Arnside Knott, Levens Hall, Carnforth, Kendal
Primary Management: Local Authority
Arnside Knott

A limestone/sandstone hill offering grassland, meadow and woodland walks, with great views over the Kent estuary and Morecambe Bay. Famous for wildflowers and butterflies. Nearby Jack Scout's cliffs are good for bird watching and sun sets. Limited parking. Signposted from Arnside.

Location/Address: Arnside
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA5 0BP
Main Historic Period: N/A
Tip/Nearby: Arnside, Sizergh Castle, Morecambe
Primary Management: National Trust
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.

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Location/Address: Poole Harbour
Poole
County: Dorset
Post Code: BH13 7EE
Main Historic Period: N/A
Primary Management: National Trust
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!

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Location/Address: Stonebarrow Hill
Located off the A35 between Lyme Regis and Bridport
County: Dorset
Post Code: DT6 7RA
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Between Golden Cap and Charmouth
Tip/Nearby: Charmouth, Bridport
Primary Management: National Trust
HIVE BEACH

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

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Location/Address: Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock
County: Dorset
Post Code: DT6 4RF
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock
Tip/Nearby: Bridport
Primary Management: National Trust
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).

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Location/Address: Main Road
Lulworth
County: Dorset
Post Code: BH20 5RQ
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Lulworth & Durdle
Tip/Nearby: Tyneham, Corfe Castle
Primary Management: Unknown
OLD HARRY ROCKS

Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack and a stump, located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck, about 1 mile from Studland. They mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are various walks nearby.

Post code is for Studland.

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Location/Address: Handfast Point
Studland
County: Dorset
Post Code: BH19 3AX
Main Historic Period: N/A
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.

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