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Discovering Britain
Setting

Seaside

Discover what physical processes produce beaches, dunes, cliffs, spits and saltmarshes. Find out how humans have adapted to living by the coast. Explore historic British seaside resorts. Spot different species of plants, birds and insects that thrive in the coastal landscape. Learn about coastal sites at the frontline of defending the country during war.

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Babbacombe

Coves and cliffs

Discover a changing coastal landscape in South Devon

Explore this dramatic coastline of steep cliffs and hidden coves. It’s a wonderful place to walk and uncover the stories of this ever-changing landscape. Discover evidence of dramatic earth movements and the powerful forces of nature. Find out why a red cliff collapsed into the sea while white cliffs were blasted apart with dynamite. Compare flaky black rocks with pink ‘Devon marble’. See where rocks were taken away by day and drugs were brought in by dead of night.

Distance:

3 miles

Level:
The paths and lanes are very steep in places

tooltipThe paths and lanes are very steep in places

Suitable for:
Dogs are only allowed on the beaches at particular times of year (check notices)

tooltipDogs are only allowed on the beaches at particular times of year (check notices)

Region:
South West England
Setting:
Seaside
Landscape:
Changing landscapes Shaping the landscape Exploiting the landscape
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Botallack

Feeding a revolution

Discover how the mines at Botallack transformed Britain and the world

Dramatically perched above the Atlantic Ocean on Crowns Rocks, Botallack is one of Cornwall’s most painted and photographed mines. Find out about the metals and minerals extracted from here that fed the Industrial Revolution and transformed mining worldwide. This walk was created by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

Distance:

1 mile

Level:
Strenuous in parts with a steep path to the Crowns

tooltipStrenuous in parts with a steep path to the Crowns

Suitable for:
Region:
South West England
Setting:
Seaside
Landscape:
Historic landscapes Exploiting the landscape
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tooltipOther recommended walk

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Species in the sand

Species in the sand

Discover the vast dune system of Braunton Burrows

This walk takes you through the vast dune system of Braunton Burrows, one of the largest in Britain. Its plant and animal life are of international scientific interest and over 400 different species of flowering plant have been recorded. We recommend this walk produced for the Explore Braunton project.

Distance:

2 miles (3 kms)

Level:
Moderate – there are no steps, stiles or gates but some gentle gradients and soft sand

tooltipModerate – there are no steps, stiles or gates but some gentle gradients and soft sand

Suitable for:
Children will enjoy the dunes and spotting plants and wildlife

tooltipChildren will enjoy the dunes and spotting plants and wildlife

Dogs are allowed but must be kept under close control, preferably on leads, at all times

tooltipDogs are allowed but must be kept under close control, preferably on leads, at all times

Region:
South West England
Setting:
Seaside
Landscape:
Shaping the landscape Preserving the landscape
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tooltipOther recommended walk

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