Clifftops and Coastlines

 

There's something refreshing about walking along the coast - the salted sea air filling your lungs; the glimpse of sea birds swooping to and from the cliffs; the temptation to pull off your walking boots and feel the sand between your toes.

The following holidays encounter some of the finest coastline of the UK, giving you the chance to experience wonderful sea views, coastal wildlife and pretty coastal towns and villages.

The South West Coast Path


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The The South West Coast Path encapsulates everything that you could want or need from a coastal walk. At 630 miles long, it is Britain's longest National Trail and is regarded as one of the world's finest, yet most challenging coastal routes. Yet, you do not need to be an elite athlete to experience the trail. Divided into ten sections, you can experience the parts that interest you most - from the popular seaside towns of North Devon; the dramatic Atlantic Coast with its Arthurian legend; Land's End; the almost tropical coast of South Cornwall to the 185 million years of earth's history along the Jurassic Coastline.

 

Norfolk Coast Path


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Sandy beaches and soft dunes dominate the Norfolk Coast Path, offering a gentle coastal walk where the emphasis is not on the challenging ups and downs of many coastal routes, but on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches the whole way along the trail. Roman forts, golden sands, salt marshes and pine woodland combines perfectly with the charming tile and flint cottages along the trail. The nature reserve at Blakeney Point also offers the chance to see one of the largest colonies of common and grey seals.

 

Ayrshire Coastal Path


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The Ayrshire Coastal Path is as varied as even the most diverse inland trails. With countless prehistoric cairns, a string of atmospheric castles, pretty harbours, golf courses, beaches and curious caves, there is much to explore. All of this, set against a backdrop of superb coastal scenery and with views to the nearby islands of Arran, Bute and Little Cumbrae, makes the Ayrshire Coastal Path a wonderfully atmospheric walk that will leave you wanting more.

 

Pembrokeshire Coast Path


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The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a feast of remarkable coastal views, with rugged limestone cliffs that give way to romantic coves and soft, thriving dunes that offset the crashing of the waves and intriguing rock formations that grow out of the sea. Though the ascents and descents can be challenging, the views offer the biggest of rewards and with traces of Wales' history and beautiful fishing villages scattered along the trail, it is difficult not to become mesmerised by the beauty of Pembrokeshire's coast.

 

Ceredigion Coast Path


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The Ceredigion Coast Path is famed for its wild beauty of towering cliffs, secluded caves, quaint villages and wide sandy beaches. Capturing the Wales Heritage Coast between Cardigan and Ynys-las, the trail is alive with coastal wildlife and the sparkling water of Cardigan Bay regularly treats walkers to tantalising glimpses of resident bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and grey seals.

 

Northumberland Coastal Path


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The turbulent history of Northumberland has left behind a series of moody castles that seem to watch over the treasures scattered along the Northumberland coastline. Delightful fishing villages such as Craster; golden sands that stretch far into the distance and unspoilt headlands teeming with birdlife. All of this links to the astonishing Holy Island of Lindisfarne, home to the Lindisfarne Gospels and a place of pilgrimage for thousands of Christians. It is easy to see why the area was fought over so fiercely, but thankfully, the Northumberland Coast can be enjoyed by all and any walk along the coastline is sure to leave you with memories that you will cherish forever.

 

Arran Coastal Way


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Well known as 'Scotland in miniature', the Isle of Arran offers a wonderful taste of rugged Scottish terrain and the coastal path circles all of it, taking in a series of chambered cairns, prehistoric standing stones, traditional coastal villages and rocky beaches frequented by seals and even the charismatic sea otter. From the majestic grounds of Brodick Castle to the roaming red deer of Lochranza or the delightful views of Pladda lighthouse to the unmistakable shape of Ailsa Craig on the horizon, the Arran Coastal Way is a superb way to experience Scotland.

 

Isle of Wight Coast Path


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The fossil-rich coves, towering white cliffs and sparkling rock pools of the Isle of Wight make it a popular destination for holidaymakers. However, as you circumnavigate the island along the coast path, the spectacular coastal scenery, with chalk stacks, golden beaches, sleepy thatched villages and sites rich in maritime history, contrast perfectly with the lively seaside towns and bustling harbours. Over half of the island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while much of the remainder is designated heritage coast, offering a varied, yet stunningly beautiful trail.

 

The Isle of Anglesey Coast Path


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Just off the coast of the Welsh mainland lies an island brimming with expansive sandy beaches, dramatic sea cliffs and soft dunes. The Isle of Anglesey sports some of the most diverse coastal landscape, from bustling towns close to the Menai Bridge; ancient castles and priories; special protection areas home to puffins, cormorants and razorbills; to peaceful coastal towns and some of the cleanest beaches in the UK. The Isle of Anglesey Coast Path encounters everything that the island has to offer, as well as giving you the wonderful sense of satisfaction at having circumnavigated an island.

 

Fife Coastal Path


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Scattered along the Fife Coastal Path are a string of tiny harbours and traditional fishing villages. With lobster creels and fishing boats awaiting their next use, there is an immediate sense of time gone by as you walk from place to place, observing quaint cottages and soaking up the tranquil atmosphere. The locations never fail to impress, with the ancient university of St Andrews, the stunning church at Leuchars and caves, chapels, churches and watch houses guiding you from one stop to the next.