Five coastal walks to enjoy this summer

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Can anything beat the stunning views, fresh air, and natural beauty of a walk along the coast? While the British weather is sometimes lacking, there’s no denying we have wonderful trails along our coastline.

Perhaps you’re looking for simple ways to get out and about during summer weekends? Or, you could be planning for what to do during your UK staycation? Either way, here’s some inspiration to get you started.

Cornwall: Fowey Harbour to Polkerris Bay

A popular tourist destination, you’re spoilt for choice along Cornish shores. The walk from Fowey Harbour to Polkerris Bay comes in at just under five miles, which you can extend by taking the circular route back to your starting point.

Pack a towel, and perhaps a swimsuit if you feel like braving the water! There are secret beaches to be discovered enroute, offering beautiful views, as well as the Wreck of Romanie at Polridmouth Cove.

East Yorkshire: Holderness Coast

From Bridlington, the walk begins along Belvedere Parade and continues south along past Wilsthorpe, before opening out onto a cliff edge path. If you’re lucky, and the season’s right, keep an eye out for butterflies as you make your way towards Fraisthorpe beach. Once there, why not enjoy a coffee or cake at The Cow Shed café, while you enjoy the views of the bay?

You can walk along the beach back, and look out for seabirds and waders, as well as World War II sea defences; a mixture of nature, history and varying paths to keep you entertained along this 6 mile walk.

Devon: Baggy Point

This North Devon route is perfect for families, or those who need an accessible route. It’s a circular route, just east of Croyde beach, and bar a few rocky patches, is an easy path.

And as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to its geological features, there’s no shortage of jaw-dropping scenery, and seabirds and wildflowers to spot. If you need to keep little ones engaged, it’s a great path to try a nature treasure trail.

Kent: Hythe to Folkestone

Make your way along the picturesque Royal Military canal before crossing to the Hythe seafront to enjoy the boardwalk and dramatic sea towards Sandgate. Here you can wander through the village’s quirky shops, before continuing on to Folkestone.

If you’re enjoying a family walk, there’s a free adventure park; Lower Leas. But it’s a wonderful, vibrant walk sure to please anyone.

Norfolk: Clifftop

With the Norfolk Coast Path, you’re spoilt for choice. But one section in particular climbs from the pretty fishing village of Weybourne, stretching along clifftops overlooking the North Sea.

Norfolk has a reputation for being flat, but this walk gives you views of rolling fields and woodland, as well as glimpses of the steam trains making their way along the Poppy Line to Holt. Follow the path up to the lifeguard lookout point, then head into Sheringham. From here, you can catch the Coasthopper bus back to Weybourne.

And if you’re after even more coastal adventures, take a look at the National Trust’s recommendations.

Top tips for your coastal walk

During your walk along the shore, there’s plenty to enjoy. But it’s also important that you’re prepared, and know how to stay safe on your journey.

Weather conditions

Check the weather forecast before you head out. It’s always handy to have an extra layer, as it can get windy on top of high points, or in case of a classic British summer downpour – a waterproof. A sunhat, and SPF if it’s going to be a hot one are essential, to prevent sunstroke.

It goes without saying, but a good pair of shoes are a must. For tarmac and flat routes, something comfortable will be fine, but more advanced trails call for trainers, or even walking boots.

Let friends and family know

This is especially important if you’re heading out alone or in a small group. Informing your trusted friends and family about your plans is a handy back-up, should the worst-case scenario occur, and you get injured or have an accident.

Yes, nine times out of ten, everything will be fine. But just a simple message once you set off and get back home is good practise. Plus you can always share your best snaps from the route!

Pack water and snacks

Just like cars, humans need fuel too – and while you’ll often find pubs, cafés and kiosks enroute, you might be in a more isolated area, or find them closed in quieter seasons.

A water bottle or two, plus some nutritious, calorie-dense snacks like trail mix, cereal bars or dried fruit are essential. And remember to take your litter home with you!

Be aware of potential dangers

Coastal walks often cover clifftop paths, which offer amazing views – but can come with risks. Steep drops, loose terrain can all pose a danger. Always watch your footing, don’t get too close to the edge, and take extra care in wind, rain, and going downhill.

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Sources: Ramblers Org, National Trust, The Guardian, Country Living

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