Ground-breaking mapping project reveals 50 years of land use change along the coast

A view of the coastline from the summit of Golden Cap, at dawn.

A view of the coastline from the summit of Golden Cap, at dawn.

  • Original survey carried out in 1965 to highlight the impact of development on our coastline has been updated to reveal land use changes
  • 94% of coastline considered to be ‘pristine’ 50 years ago is now protected through the National Trust or through the planning system
  • While three quarters (76%) of the coast remains undeveloped, urban/built-up areas have increased by 42% (17,557 hectares), adding the equivalent of a city the size of Manchester to our coastline

One of the biggest mapping projects of the 20th century has been repeated fifty years on by the National Trust to understand how the way that land is used along the coast has changed since 1965.

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Walk the South West Coast Path this October (and be in with the chance to win a Go Pro Camera)

Hikers on the South West Coast path near Polzeath, Cornwall.

Did you know it costs at least £1000 to look after just one mile of coast path? As part of this year’s coastal celebrations the National Trust is raising much needed funds to maintain the coastal scenery enjoyed by millions of visitors every year.

Join us this October for the South West Coast Path Challenge and walk from just one to the full 630 miles (or anything in between). Pledge your miles, invite friends, get sponsored and help conserve the coast path for generates to come. Continue reading…

Competitors world-wide make annual pilgrimage for the World Bellyboard Championships

Excitement is building at the spiritual home of the World Bellyboard Championships at Chapel Porth, nr St Agnes in Cornwall.

Organised and hosted by the National Trust, Chapel Porth is the venue for the annual vintage event which this year takes place on Sunday 6th September, and entry numbers are, as ever, in their hundreds.

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Neptune’s trident heralds South West Coast Path Challenge

Bill Morris of the National Trust (Lead Ranger, Leigh Woods) and Hayley Partridge of the South West Coast Path Association, receive the Neptune trident from National Trust Wales volunteer Bob Smith (in background) in Chepstow, at the end of the Welsh Coast Path. Credit: National Trust/Athena Picture Agency

Bill Morris of the National Trust (Lead Ranger, Leigh Woods) and Hayley Partridge of the South West Coast Path Association, receive the Neptune trident from National Trust Wales volunteer Bob Smith (in background) in Chepstow, at the end of the Welsh Coast Path.
Credit: National Trust/Athena Picture Agency

After an epic 870-mile trek round the Welsh coast, the National Trust in Wales handed over the ‘baton’ – a specially carved trident inspired by Neptune –– to the South West, to take up the next big coastal challenge. Continue reading…

Mystery of a burnt mound investigated by National Trust

Nancy Grace, National Trust archaeologist, examining a patch of burnt stone which is likely to be either a hearth or a kiln

A mysterious mound of burnt material, eroding out of a Dorset cliff near Seatown, is being investigated by archaeologists in the hope of better understanding the 3000 year old feature.

The mound, probably from the Bronze Age, was spotted eroding from the cliff face by local archaeologist Anthony Pasmore who alerted the National Trust. It is disappearing fast as the sea cuts into the soft sands and clays at the cliff edge. Continue reading…

Come and ‘toast the coast’ with us

 

Toast The Coast at the Big Beach PicnicIt’s less than seven days to go to the biggest mass participation event the National Trust in the South West has ever organised.

The Big Beach Picnic, taking place from 12 noon this Saturday (4 July), is happening at fifteen different locations across the South West.  From Polzeath and Towan beach in Cornwall to Woolacombe and Branscombe beach in Devon to Studland and Weymouth beach in Dorset to Bossington and Brean Down beach in Somerset.

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7 questions tag – coast facts

North Cornwall

This year we’re celebrating 50 years of caring for the coast with the Coastal Festival. We’ve been collecting stories from many people who love the coast.

Take part now with 7 questions tag – coast facts. Post with answers on your blog or facebook page and then tag 7 friends or bloggers.

We tag Beach Muser, The Beach Life, Surfers Against Sewage, South West Coast PathEverywhere You Look, North Devon National TrustWild Running and South Devon National Trust.

  1. What’s your favourite beach?
  2. Sea or sand?
  3. Tell a memory of being by the sea.
  4. What’s your favourite seaside food?
  5. Favourite ice cream flavour?
  6. Have you lived by the sea?
  7. Favourite place on the coast?

Let us know in the comments about your blog post and we’ll share via social media and the blog. Thanks for sharing your love of the coast.

Neptune sand sculpture commemorates 50th anniversary of coastline fundraising campaign.

Neptune on display at Sand World in Weymouth

Neptune on display at Sand World in Weymouth

Mark Anderson, an internationally recognised and world class sand artist who creates intricate sculptures out of sand has just revealed his latest creation, that of Neptune, Greek god of the sea and also the figure-head for the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline fundraising campaign.

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Embracing my love of the coast by Daniel Fields

image1‘My fascination and love of the Cornish coastline began, as is the case with so many people, as a child whilst on family holidays.

We stayed in Youth Hostels long before they became family orientated. In these places there were always people to meet and stories to listen to – students walking the length of the coast path, cycle tourists nearing their journeys’ end and wardens who lived for the surf. I lapped it all up, desperate to be a part of the adventure.

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