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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.
The Broads covers an area of 117 square miles of East Anglia, where there is a network of navigable waterways and rivers, which meander through low countryside and past picturesque villages. It is a place for leisure boating and wildlife watching, particularly birds and invertebrates. The 'broads' themselves are formed from old flooded peat workings.
Brockhole was built in the late 19th century as a country house and estate for Manchester silk merchant, William Gaddum and his wife, Edith - a cousin of Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor. Since 1969, it has been a Lake District National Park Centre. It offers a range of family activities, including a treetop trek, zip wire, adventure playground, boat hire, mini-golf, woodland walks and gardens. It also includes a cafe, exhibition area and shop.
Named for the mountain Cairn Gorm, the Cairngorm National Park in North East Scotland is Britain’s largest - twice as big as the Lake District - and most remote. Though famed for its mountains, it is actually a diverse area of area of 1748 square miles which includes castles, distilleries and a whole lot more - as well as being home to some of Britain's rarest animals. And it is one of the few places in the UK that offers skiing on real snow.
A stone marks the spot claimed to be the centre of Scotland. It is on the Glen Truim road, between the A889 and the A9, part of the 250 mile network of military roads built for the Government by General Wade after the Jacobite rising of 1715. This section was built in 1719 and is a section of the road between Fort Augustus and Ruthven Barracks at Kingussie. The stone replaces an earlier marker and was unveiled on 5th June 2015.
Post code is approximate.
The Cheese Press Stone is a pair of limestone boulders, probably glacial erratics, situated on the western slopes of Kingsdale, in the Yorkshire Dales. There are great views of two of Yorkshire's Three Peaks, Ingleborough and Whernside, and it's interesting walking country, full of classic limestone features such as pavements and caves. Yordas Cave is further up the valley and the two can be combined in one walk. Access to the Cheese Press Stone is only possible on foot and it is a reasonably strenuous walk to reach it. The post code is obviously approximate.
Dartmoor is a place for walkers, geologists, history enthusiasts, campers – or anyone who likes being outside. It is a sometimes mysterious, sometimes beautiful, sometimes harsh landscape, an upland area of granite heather-covered moorland. Its most famous natural features are its tors - classic examples of exposed intrusive vulcanicity. It also boasts wild ponies and an extraordinary number of prehistoric remains – standing stones, stone circles, rows and settlements – such as those at Grimspound and Hound Tor. Remote Wistman’s Wood is a frankly weird oakwood, with stunted trees growing on a moss-covered landscape. There are pretty villages too, such as Lustleigh, Widecombe in the Moor and Postbridge (with its 13th century clapper bridge). Parts of Dartmoor are used by the armed forces for training, but there’s plenty of room for everyone else.
Great Gable is an iconic mountain in the English Lake District - height 2,960 feet (899 metres). Its shape, viewed from Wasdale, is an inverted 'V' - a perfect mountain shape - and features in the National Park's logo. From the summit on a clear day it is possible to see many of the lakes, like the spokes of a wheel, radiating outward, this illustrating the area's radial drainage. The views can be spectacular. The summit is also used for remembrance services. There are various routes, from Seathwaite, Wasdale or Honister, for example. Though suitable for fit and properly equipped walkers, as well as being used by serious climbers, great care needs to be taken on Great Gable, particularly in poor weather.
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