Guidebook

Hike Britain’s Wild Coastlines

From multi-day odysseys to short circular loops, these 5 coastal walks will put the wind in your sails!

Description

Perhaps the biggest perk of living on an island is the sheer amount of coastline you have easy access to. With four bordering oceans—The Atlantic, North Sea, Irish Sea, and the English Channel—there’s much to be discovered on Britain’s beaches, cliffs, and ports. Feel the wild force of blustery gales on the cliffs of Dover, be wowed by the big skies of North Norfolk’s sandy beaches, and spot the castles and lighthouses dotted along Devon’s coastline.

As well as all of the natural delights—pebbly beaches, the sound of seagulls, and the splash of waves—there’s also a lot of extra charms to Britain’s seaside destinations—fish and chips, cosy pubs, crabbing, and colourful beach huts, to name just a few. Walkers especially have a great time of it, with well developed and maintained walking trails along pretty much all of the coastlines.

This guidebook contains some inspirational long-distance coastal routes, which can, of course, be enjoyed in smaller chunks, and also shorter walks in some of Britain’s most stunning seaside spots. So grab your windbreakers, perhaps prepare yourself for a bit of mud, and hit the trails!

North Norfolk Coastal Path
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

North Norfolk Coastal Path

1 day +
126.1 km
558 m
574 m
An absolute odyssey of a walk along one of Britain's most wild and rugged coastlines.
Moderate
Private
Brighton to Eastbourne Coastal Hike
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Brighton to Eastbourne Coastal Hike

41.4 km
949 m
952 m
Discover the South Down’s spectacular cliff tops and pretty pebbled beaches.
Difficult
Private
Benfleet to Leigh-on-Sea Circular
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Benfleet to Leigh-on-Sea Circular

12.1 km
87 m
87 m
Explore the Essex coastline, castle ruins, and a beautiful country park.
Moderate
Private
Wales Coast Path
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Wales Coast Path

1 day +
1394.0 km
5,525 m
5,525 m
A long-distance walking path around the entire coast of Wales.
Moderate
Private
South West Coast Path
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

South West Coast Path

1 day +
1016.8 km
7,647 m
7,655 m
A UK National Trail along sea cliffs, across coastal moors, and through harbour towns of England's South West Peninsula.
Moderate
Private