Heritage Coast (England and Wales)
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. The goal is 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 and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
South Wales, Devon and Cornwall have more heritage coastline per mile than other regions, including over 50% of the coast between Cardiff and St Davids, about 55%–60% of Cornwall's coast, and around 60-65% of Devon's coast. This contrasts with the coasts of North West England, where St Bees Head is the only Heritage coast, or the south-east stretch of the English Channel which has only very sporadic stretches.
The first Heritage Coast was Beachy Head with its famous white cliffs.
List of Heritage Coasts
- East Devon
- Flamborough Headland
- Gribbin Head-Polperro, also part of South Devon AONB
- Hamstead, Isle of Wight
- Hartland peninsula (Cornwall)
- Hartland peninsula (Devon)
- Isles of Scilly
- North Devon, part of the North Devon AONB
- North Norfolk
- North Northumberland
- North Yorkshire and Cleveland
- Pentire Point-Widemouth
- Rame Head
- St Agnes
- St. Bees Head
- South Devon
- South Foreland
- Tennyson, Isle of Wight, named after Alfred Lord Tennyson
- The Lizard
- The Roseland
- Trevose Head
- West Dorset