Top 5 coastal walks

July 24th, 2018 - By gshorter
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Now that school is offically over, it's time to head outside and explore the great outdoors. We've put together our top 5 coastal walks to check out this summer. Make sure you've got plenty of suncream and water, as it looks the sun isn't disappearing just yet.

1. Fife Coastal Path, east coast of Scotland

If you live in Scotland or visiting Scotland any time soon, then this walk is for you. The Fife Coastal Path is one of Scotland’s greatest trails and stretches for 117 miles from the Firth of Forth in the south, to the Firth of Tay in the north. The route offers a range of walking experiences, whether you’re looking for peace and tranquillity or action and adventure, it has something for everyone. Along the route is the cosmopolitan atmosphere of St. Andrews, the former coal mining towns of central Fife, the small fishing villages of the East Neuk, and rugged cliffs, award winning beaches and wildlife reserves.

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2. Rye Harbour to Camber Sands, south east England

This walk is a great escape for those of you living in London as you get there by train or car in around 2 hours. Starting in the beautiful village of Rye, this easy 9 mile walk takes you around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on the Sussex coast, all the way to the sweeping sands of Camber. The village of Rye is lined with cobbled lanes and medieval, half-timbered houses, with the tower of Norman St. Marys Church overlooking the town. The beach at Camber is one of the best sandy beaches in South East England and stretches across five miles of uninterrupted golden sand with beautiful grass fringed dunes.

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3. Wells-next-to-the-Sea, east England

This charming coastal walk begins in the picturesque village of Wells-next-to-the-sea, one of the most attractive towns on the North Norfolk Coast. The town has lost none of its historical character with its delightful network of narrow streets and impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture. There are various easy walking routes along the shore line that incorporate the harbour, miles of sandy beaches, pine woodlands and delightful beach huts. If you’re after a longer route, walk along the coast to the neighbouring village of Cley, known for its much-photographed windmill.

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4. Rhossili, south Wales

Starting at the National Trust Visitor Centre, this slightly more challenging walk takes you to the beacon at the top of Rhossili Down, with breath-taking 360 degree views stretching across the Gower and all the way to North Devon. Here you can see Worms Head, which is shaped like a giant sea serpent and marks the most westerly tip of the Gower. You can reach the worms head via it’s rocky, jagged causeway but its only exposed for two and a half hours before and after low tide, so you must always check the tide times before setting off. The walk takes you along Rhossili beach, which is one of the most iconic beaches in Wales, and despite that a quarter of a million people visit Rhossili every year, it still feels like you have it all to yourself.

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5. Old Harry Rocks, south west coast

This walk takes you to one of the most famous landmarks on the south coast, the Old Harry Rocks. The Old Harry Rocks are chalk formations standing tall at the southern end of Studland Bay. Thousands of years ago, these rocks and The Needles on the Isle of Wight were linked by a line of chalk hills that eroded away during the last ice age. You can access the rocks by walking along the South West Coast Path, starting in Studland village or the Sandbanks Ferry. On a good day there are far-ranging views over Swanage in one direction and Wareham and Bournemouth in the other. This walk offers a fantastic example of the British Coastline at its best.

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Happy walking!