The National Trust Book of the Coast

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A celebration of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK, complete with stunning photography. Publishing to coincide with the golden anniversary of the National Trust’s fundraising campaign, Enterprise Neptune, this is an informative handbook for exploring the coast, with walking routes, shorespotting guides, and things to do. In 1965, the Trust launched Enterprise Neptune, a nationwide fundraising campaign to highlight the importance and fragility of Britain’s coastline. The Trust now looks after and makes accessible over 700 miles of coastline across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In this book, evocative essays (on wild swimming, butterflies, and beach combing) and personal stories (including a day in the life of a National Trust ranger) capture the unique character of Britain’s shores, past, present, and future. As well as a homage to Britain’s best-loved beaches, this is an up-to-date practical guide for anyone keen to discover the coast, from the eerie romance of Northumberland’s dunes to the dramatic landscapes of Giant’s Causeway. Each location includes suggestions for local accommodation, walking, wildlife to spot, and local National Trust properties to head to once you’ve shaken the sand from your shoes. There’s nothing quite like a day by the sea—and it’s never been easier to plan the perfect coastal getaway.


Clare Gogerty is the former editor of Coast magazine and writes about UK travel, homes, and interiors.