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- The Cliffs of Moher rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head and reach a maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower. the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is built into a hillside approaching the cliffs to be sympathetic to the environment. Charges apply and include parking with money helping conservation of the cliffs. An alternative is to take a ferry trip to view the cliffs from sea level.
- Trewithen is a private estate that has been home to the same family for more than 300 years boasting one of the loveliest gardens in England. An International Camellia Garden of Excellence, Trewithen’s horticulture, trees, intriguing pathways and unexpected treasures are both memorable and exceptional. The Gardens and House are open from March 1st to June 30th plus August Bank Holiday Monday. Due to the limited opening prior booking is recommended.
- Duncansby Head is the most northeasterly part of the British mainland, including the famous John o’ Groats and marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, built by David Alan Stevenson in 1924. The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south. The Duncansby Head Site of Special Scientific Interest includes the 6.5 km stretch of coast south to Skirza Head, and the Duncansby Stacks just off the coast. A minor public road leads from John o’ Groats to Duncansby Head, which makes Duncansby Head the farthest point by road from Land’s End.
- Smugglers Adventure, underground caverns to explore Hastings smuggling, bootlegging and gangland past, a themed experience with life-size figures, you’ll walk through a tunnel once used by smugglers. Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle and 1066 Story are located on the West Hill. Although limited Pay and Display parking is available on the hill, we advise customers to park in a more easily accessible car park on the seafront.
- Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve runs for about three miles from Skegness to The Wash and covers around 430 hectares of sea shore, an extensive complex of sand dunes, marshes and freshwater habitats. It is a totally unspoilt stretch of coastline important for its international scientific interest and managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust The public is welcome here and there are pathways that lead you easily through the different habitats and keep the intrusion on nature to a minimum. An observation platform for the public to view the Mere and the lagoon is at Mill Hill and gives you a wide panoramic view of the area. Designated as a site of international wetland importance, the reserve is an area of geomorphological importance. There’s a great visitors centre where you can explore the habitats through the multi media and interactive displays. We’ve heard The Point Cafe is good too with scrumptious food being served while you kick back and soak up Mother Nature at her best. The reserve staff offer guided walks, children’s activities, day and residential training courses. The reserve is open from 10am to 4pm daily but may close early in bad weather conditions. Admission is free but car parking charges apply and they ask that groups book in advance.
- Cairn na Burgh Mòr is the larger of the two “Carnburgs” at the northeastern end of the Treshnish Isles, with the other being Cairn na Burgh Beag. Cairnburgh Castle, which guards the entrance to Loch Tuath on the west coast of Mull is primarily located on this island. However, an unusual feature of the castle its that its defences straddle both islands, Cairn na Burgh Beag having a small guard-house and a well. These grassy islands are both remnants of ancient lava flows and have a distinctive profile: flat-topped and trimmed with cliffs.
- Hound Tor is a good example of a heavily weathered granite outcrop. Thought to derive its name from the shape assumed by the blocks on the summit that have been weathered into forms resembling the heads of dogs peering over the natural battlements. To the south-east of the tor, on a north-eastern-facing slope are the remains of Hundatora, a deserted medieval village, which was excavated between 1961 and 1975. It has four Dartmoor longhouses, many with a central drainage channel, and several smaller houses and barns. The three grain storage barns appear to have been adapted to include corn dryers, indicative of the deteriorating climate which led to the abandonment of the settlement by 1350.
- Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a beautiful sheltered valley near Penzance, surrounded by woods, streams and dramatic 22-acre exotic and sub-tropical garden. The gardens provide the perfect backdrop to art, with internationally renowned artists creating permanent works, all harmonising with their garden setting. Facilities include a cafe, design shop, toilets, car parking and well-behaved dogs are welcome on a lead throughout the gardens. Unfortunately, due to the steep nature of the valley, access to the gardens is severely limited for those with physical disabilities and is unsuitable for mobility scooters, wheelchair users and prams.
- The Sidlesham Ferry Nature Trail is via a level path from the Visitor Centre car park. The trail passes Ferry Pool Hide which is approached by a hard path and has an adapted viewing place. Beyond the hide, paths remain flat and wide, and wheelchair users can follow the trail around the Harbour’s edge before returning to the Visitor Centre. The accessible trail takes around 30 minutes to complete at a relaxed pace. The route is waymarked and a leaflet provides extra information. There are several benches offering resting points with views across the Harbour. O.S. Landranger 197, O.S. Explorer 120, a map of the Nature Reserve and Sidlesham Ferry self-guided trail map are on sale in the Visitor Centre at Sidlesham.