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- Shanklin Chine is a wooded coastal ravine reaching the sea at the end of the esplanade. Chine is a word for a stream cutting back into a soft cliff. Shanklin chine contains waterfalls, trees and rare plants, with footpaths and walkways allowing paid access for visitors. A heritage centre explains the Chines long history.
- The Connemara National Park features 2,000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests. Activities include Diamond Hill Trails, Nature Trails, Picnic Areas, Children’s Playground and Tea Room. Dogs that are under control are welcome in the National Park, but owners must at all times be conscious of their responsibility to other visitors and wildlife. Opening:Visitor Centre – Open daily, 9am to 5.30pm from March to November, admission free Park Grounds – Open daily 9.00am-5.30pm all year round, admission free Tea Room – Open daily March – November 9.30am – 5.30pm; Weekends Only December – February Camping allowed although some strict rules do apply
- Coniston Water is the third largest lake in the English Lake District, Cumbria. The lake is five miles long by half a mile wide, has a maximum depth of 184 feet, and covers an area of 1.89 square miles. The lake has an elevation of 143 feet above sea level and it drains to the sea via the River Crake. There are boat hire and sailing centres on Coniston Water so you can experience your own ‘Swallows and Amazons’ as this is where Arthur Ransome based his book.
- Noup Cliffs sit over 76 metres above the sea on the north-west coast of Westray in the Orkney islands. This is home to Orkney’s largest seabird colony with guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and a chance of puffins. A great place to walk along the cliff path with spectacular coastal scenery, wildflowers and of course the birds.
- Sherkin Island is 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) long by 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) wide. The island includes 3 beaches, Silver Strand (Green Coast Award), Cow Strand and Trabawn. You also have a Franciscan friary and Sherkin also has camp facilities. Please be aware that it is expected you take away everything you came with as there is no rubbish collection points.
- Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park cover more than 128 acres the park is made up of rolling meadows, copses, woodland and gardens and is home to a wide range of plants and animals. The park in south Belfast is one of our most popular parks. It is home to the City of Belfast International Rose Garden, which attracts thousands of visitors to our Rose Week celebrations, which take place in July each year.
- Ards forest park is situated on the small Ards Peninsula, on the shores of Sheephaven Bay on the northern coastline of County Donegal. Ards Forest Park has many features of historical and archaeological interest, the remains of four ringforts and a number of megalithic tombs are to be seen in the park. Ards Forest Park has signposted forest walks, these include the Ards Heritage Trail, which is around 3.5 km long, the Nature Trail and the Green Trail, which are both approximately 3 km long, and the Red Trail, which is 13 km long, though this walk does give provisions for a shortcut back to the starting point should it be needed. There are various viewing points on the walks and trails with views of the surrounding countryside.
- Skomer Island lies off the coast of Pembrokeshire in south-western Wales. Covering 1.13 square miles in area, the island is renowned for its amazing wildlife and is a National Nature Reserve as well as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. A third of the population of Manx Shearwaters nest here, with Atlantic puffins and many other seabirds also congregating in their thousands every year. Ferries sail between Martins Haven, on the mainland, and Skomer during the Easter to October period. There is a maximum number of visitors allowed on the island every day but you can either get on a day boat trip to Skomer or book to stay in some of the island’s self-catering accommodation during the spring and summer months.
- Cape Cornwall (Cornish: “Pen Kernow”) is a small headland four miles north of Land’s End near the town of St Just. Cape Cornwall was once thought to be the most westerly point in mainland England, however following accurate surveying Land’s End was found to be the most westerly point instead. Cape Cornwall is the approximate point at which Atlantic currents split, either going south up the English Channel or north into the Bristol Channel and the Irish Sea. The Brisons, two offshore rocks, are located approximately one mile southwest of Cape Cornwall and mark the start of the annual swim to Priest’s Cove. Most of the headland is owned by the National Trust and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. There is also a National Coastwatch look out on the seaward side.