Walk the Coastline of Great Britain ...

Did you know that England will soon have the longest managed coastal footpath in the world?!  Find our more at the end of this post.

If you follow Love to Wander, you will already know that coastal walking is my favourite sort and that I have set myself the task of walking the coastline of Great Britain – well all the nice parts at least – a chunk at a time. 

There is a lot to explore – it’s going to take me quite  a while, but I think the journey will be a lot of fun?

Sandymouth Beach Cornwall - Let's Walk the Coastline of Great Britain

Take a look at some of the coastal walking trips we have enjoyed so far  and discover detailed walking itineraries for Great Britain’s beautiful coastline on the interactive map below.

I hope you find some inspiration to lace up your own walking boots and wander along the beaches and clifftops of Great Britain’s beautiful coastline yourself.  

Let's Walk the Coast of Great Britain - Interactive Map

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Links to Detailed Walking Itineraries

England

If you thought the English Lake District was just about the Lakes – then think again!  The little visited Western Lake District – where Cumbria falls into the Irish Sea has  so much to entertain you.  Deserted beaches, remote wild landscapes and an enchanting history all await you – away from the tourists crowds of the more traditional honeypot destinations.

Beautiful Northumberland is relatively quieter than many parts of the UK coastline and all the more inviting for it.  There are beaches here to rival the best in the UK and beyond and if you travel out of season, you may well have them all to yourself.  Add to that the wildlife spotting opportunities and you have all the ingredients for a lovely short break.

Spend 2 Days in Durham.  Discover dreaming spires, Turkish Delight and a haul of buried treasure – sea glass (from nearby Seaham).  Riverside, woodland and coastal walks keep you fit enough to sample award winning fish and chips and ice cream.  What are you waiting for?

Norfolk – where the sea meets the sky.  So calm, so peaceful – a trip to Norfolk is always guaranteed to leave you more relaxed and refreshed than when you set out.  There are some delicious  foodie treats to enjoy here too – so – what are you waiting for?

There are few places more quintessentially British than the pretty Suffolk coast.  Base yourself in Southwold to explore the best of what this coastline has to offer.   Discover some ideas for planning your own itinerary

Swanage – The Great British Seaside like it used to be. Take a trip down memory lane, a stroll along the prom and don’t forget to pack your bucket and spade!

f you are looking for a short break by the UK coast without the crowds, Dorset is a good choice.  Walking offers the perfect opportunity to explore this peaceful part of the world at a slow, relaxed pace.  You can travel a long way and not find views to rival those you can find on the Jurassic Coast.  

Cornwall is popular with tourists for good reason.  Visiting out of season is the best way to find some peace and quiet and enjoy the beautiful beaches without the crowds.  

If you are able to pick your time to visit so that you can enjoy reasonable weather, then there is nowhere better to be in Spring/Autumn. We spent 6 days travelling around Falmouth and Mullion Cove.

Wales

The Gorgeous Gower (you shouldn’t ever call it “The” Gower, apparently) was the first area to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  Spend three days walking along the gloriously varied landscape crammed into its 73 square miles and you will soon see why it should be top of your own travel wish list.

St. David’s is the perfect base for a short break exploring the dramatically rugged coastline of North Pembrokeshire.  The “city” itself (only a city because it has a rather splendid cathedral) is a lovely place to visit, but lace up your hiking boots and walk the surrounding coastline to discover the real beauty of wild North Pembrokeshire

Anglesey – unspoilt and peaceful.  Easy on the eye and gentle on the mind.  20 miles in diameter – small enough that you could contemplate walking all the way around its coast – but large enough to lose yourself in happily for four days.

Scotland

Driving the North Coast 500 across the top of the Scottish coast had been on our Wishlist for a long time, so it was great to finally be able to book it up and go.  We chose October – after the crowds and the midges had evaporated.  Read more to see what we discovered en route

Fascinating Facts - King Charles III Coast Path

The Longest Managed Coastpath in the World!

The King Charles III England Coast Path is the newest (and will be the longest) National Trail when it is complete. Some sections are now open and more will be opening over the coming months. When complete, it will go all around the coast of England – making it the longest managed coastal trail in the world.

Come on - what are you waiting for?  Let's walk the coast of Great Britain!