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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park offers the romance of Britain's largest lake (will you take the high road, or the low road?), sea lochs, Rob Roy's cave, mountains in excess of 3,000 feet, beautiful glens, forests and wildlife. And it's right on Glasgow's doorstep. The Trossachs is an area between Loch Lomond and Stirling, which includes lochs, hills, forests and villages. But the entire park covers an area of 720 square miles.

Location/Address: Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Headquarters
Carrochan Road
County: Dunbartonshire
Post Code: G83 8EG
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park

Beachy Head is a famous chalk headland and landmark, immediately to the west of the town of Eastbourne. There are fine views and walks along the cliffs, approx 500 feet above sea level. There is parking nearby and at Birling Gap further along the coast. Beachy Head has an interesting history and was used as a listening and lookout post during WW2. The cliffs are, however, extremely dangerous and the area has a high death-rate, through a combination of foolish accident and, unfortunately, suicide. Beachy Head lighthouse began operating in 1902.

The post code below is for the nearby pub.

Location/Address: Nr Eastbourne
County: East Sussex
Post Code: BN20 7YA
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Official Beachy Head website
Tip/Nearby: Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park
Primary Management: Local Authority

The Seven Sisters are famous chalk cliffs on England's south coast. Within Seven Sisters' Country Park are a series of trails, taking in local views and wildlife, and a variety of outdoor activities are undertaken too. A favourite walk is from the country park following the small Cuckmere River to the beach, or up onto the cliffs. To get the famous view, you need to visit Seaford Head, accessed through the town of Seaford.

Location/Address: Exceat
County: East Sussex
Post Code: BN25 4AD
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: On top of Seven Sisters
Tip/Nearby: Beachy Head
Primary Management: Local Authority

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

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

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

One of Britain's largest colonies of common and grey seals is at Blakeney Pont, a 4 mile spit that sticks out into the North Sea. It is a national nature reserve, and a favourite spot for birds, native and foreign, as well as seals. Various companies run boat trips to see the seals. The trips last about an hour and tend to depart from Morston Quay.

The link below will take you to one operator - but there are others - no recommendation is implied.

Location/Address: Morston Quay
Nr Blakeney
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7BH
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Seals at Blakeney
Tip/Nearby: Blakeney village, Cley
Primary Management: Other

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

The dramatic ruined castle of Thomas of Lancaster, executed for treason in 1322, stands on a rocky headland jutting into the North Sea. The castle went on to witness fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, but now the predominant sound is the shrieking of seabirds. A short, sometimes bracing, walk from either Craster or Embleton.

Location/Address: Craster
County: Northumberland
Post Code: NE66 3TT
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Craster to Dunstanburgh
Tip/Nearby: About 8 miles north east of Alnwick.
Primary Management: English Heritage
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
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