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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.

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 Brecon Beacons in south-mid Wales is predominantly a mountainous area, famed for its use by Britain's elite forces for training, as well as for its peaks, waterfalls, forests and heritage sites. This is serious walking and climbing country.

Location/Address: Plas y Ffynnon
Cambrian Way
County: Powys
Post Code: LD3 7HP
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park

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.

Location/Address: Broads Authority
Yare House
62-64 Thorpe Road
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR1 1RY
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Useful Website Address: Broads Authority website
Primary Management: National Park
BROCKHOLE on Windermere

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.

Location/Address: Windermere
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA23 1LJ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Brockhole's website
Tip/Nearby: Windermere
Primary Management: National Park

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.

Location/Address: Cairngorms National Park Authority
14 The Square
County: Moray
Post Code: PH26 3HG
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park

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.

Location/Address: Glentruim Road
3 miles south of Newtonmore
County: Highland
Post Code: PH20 1BE
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: In the middle of Scotland
Useful Website Address: Newtonmore Community website
Tip/Nearby: Highland Folk Museum, Macpherson Clan Museum, Ruthven Barracks
Primary Management: National Park

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.

Location/Address: Above Kingsdale
Nr Masongill
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: LA6 3JH
Main Historic Period: N/A
Tip/Nearby: Kingsdale
Primary Management: National Park

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.

Location/Address: Dartmoor National Park Authority
Bovey Tracey
Newton Abbot
County: Devon
Post Code: TQ13 9JQ
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park

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
Great Gable

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.

Image credit: DJ Biles

Location/Address: Various start points - Seathwaite or Wasdale probably being the most popular
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA12 5XJ
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Missing Great Gable
Useful Website Address: Information from Go Lakes
Tip/Nearby: The post code is for Seathwaite; post code for Wasdale is CA20 1EX. England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, is nearby. Camping nearby. Limited parking.
Primary Management: National Park
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