- Heritage Coast
A Heritage Coast is a strip of UK
coastline designated by the Countryside Agencyin Englandand the Countryside Council for Walesas having notable natural beauty or scientific significance.
1,027 km of the English coastline and 500 km of the Welsh coastline, in both cases approximately one-third of the total length, have been designated as Heritage Coast. These coastlines are managed to conserve their natural beauty and improve accessibility for visitors.
Unlike National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), the Heritage Coast designation is non-statutory, and designations can only be made with the agreement of local authorities and land owners, however the majority of Heritage Coast falls within National Parks, AONBs or the
Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. South Wales, Devonand Cornwallhave more heritage coastline per mile than any other regions: over 50% of the coast between Cardiffand St Davidsis heritage coast, while about 55%–60% of all Cornwall's coast is designated heritage coast, while around 60-65% of Devon is heritage coast. This contrasts with the coasts of North West Englandor the south-east stretch of the English Channel which have only very sporadic patches of heritage coast. This is somewhat conclusive that the best UK coastline is found in Walesand the West Country.
The first Heritage Coast was
Beachy Headwith its famous white cliffs.
Full list of Heritage Coasts
Dalepeninsula, West Pembrokeshire
Polperro, also part of South Devon AONB
Isle of Wight
*Hartland peninsula (
*Hartland peninsula (
Isles of Scilly
* Marloes peninsula, West Pembrokeshire
Devona.k.a Bideford Bay, part of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
North Yorkshireand Cleveland
Pentire Point- Widemouth
Purbeck Heritage Coast
St. Bees Head
St. Brides Bayheritage coast, West Pembrokeshire
St. Davidspeninsula, West Pembrokeshire
Tennyson Heritage Coast, Isle of Wight
West Dorset Heritage Coast
* [http://www.countryside.gov.uk/LivingLandscapes/finest_countryside/heritage_coasts/index.asp Countryside Agency Heritage Coasts site]
* [http://www.eastcoastline.co.uk/index.asp?Action=ResourceMore&ResourceID=33&Subject=ProtectedSites Heritage Coasts site]
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