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Heritage Coasts

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph our Heritage Coasts within the UK.

There are 32 protected Heritage Coasts in England and this accounts for about 33% of Englandís coastline. Under this scheme the designated coastlines are conserved as Heritage Coasts. They are coastlines which are managed to protect their natural beauty and where appropriate to allow access for visitors. The first Heritage Coastline was the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head in Sussex and the latest to be added was the Durham Coastline in 2001. Some of the coastline that has been protected such as Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs, have been so as to protect their seabird colonies.

Most of them are a part of a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for this reason they are not legally protected but have been defined by agreement of the relevant maritime local authorities and Natural England.

Most of them are accessible by a network of public footpaths and bridleways and some are designated as National Trails.   To find a walk that may involve part of our coast or runs through one of these Heritage Coasts take a look at our Walks Section.

As well as protecting a specific section of our coastline, there are also many items of interest such as heritage buildings situated along many of them. For example a tool which mariners have used for hundreds of years to make sure they don't run into our coast or get themselves into a wreck situation are Lighthouses, and we have over 250 detailed within our Lighthouse Section. Some of those listed below are on some of the many Islands we have around our coast, check out our Islands Section for more.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Heritage Coast

County

Website Link

Notes

North Northumberland

Northumberland

North Northumberland

 

Durham

Durham

Durham  

North Yorkshire & Cleveland

Yorkshire

North Yorkshire & Cleveland  

Flamborough Headland

Yorkshire

Flamborough Headland  

Spurn

Yorkshire

Spurn  

North Norfolk

Norfolk

North Norfolk  

Suffolk

Suffolk

Suffolk  

South Foreland

Kent

South Foreland  

Dover-Folkestone

Kent

Dover-Folkestone  

Sussex

Sussex

Sussex  

Tennyson

Isle of Wight

Tennyson  

Hamstead

Hampshire

Hamstead  

Purbeck

Dorset

Purbeck  

West Dorset

Dorset

West Dorset  

East Devon

Devon

East Devon  

South Devon

Devon

South Devon  

Rame Head

Cornwall

Rame Head

 

Gribbin Head-Polperro

Cornwall

Gribbin Head-Polperro  

The Roseland

Cornwall

The Roseland  

The Lizard

Cornwall

The Lizard  

Isles of Scilly

Cornwall

Isles of Scilly  

Penwith

Cornwall

Penwith  

Godrevy-Portreath

Cornwall

Godrevy-Portreath  

St Agnes

Cornwall

St Agnes  

Trevose Head

Cornwall

Trevose Head  

Pentire Point-Widemouth

Cornwall

Pentire Point-Widemouth  

Hartland

Cornwall

Hartland  

Hartland

Devon

Hartland (Devon)  

Lundy

Devon

Lundy  

North Devon

Devon

North Devon  

Exmoor

Somerset

Exmoor  

St Bees Head, Cumbria

Cumberland

St Bees Head  

 


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