Walk to the lights
Spot the distant wave-lashed tower of Bell Rock lighthouse on a walk along the cliffs by Arbroath* or spy Eddystone from Cornwall’s Rame Head*, or another crag-top light, Bishop Rock, in the whirling seas off the Isles of Scilly as you circuit Bryher*. The candy-striped beacon below Beachy Head* is famed nationwide, but a second lighthouse perches – sometimes precariously – atop this stretch of Sussex cliff. Belle Tout had to be jacked up and pushed inland and away from the crumbling chalk edge in 1999 – and is now both safe and a boutique B&B. Britain’s shortest lighthouse hunkers on Berry Head near Brixham on Devon’s south coast, a dinky building with a lantern barely above head height. On the county’s north coast, the beacon at Hartland Point* rakes its light across the Bristol Channel from a wild section of the South West Coast Path, with Lundy on the horizon and waves crashing in all the way from Newfoundland. In Wales, it’s 400 steps down (and back up!) to the whitewashed lighthouse at South Stack*, on a tiny island off Holy Island off the Isle of Anglesey. Scotland’s Ardnamurchan Point* has the most westerly lighthouse on the British mainland, while the beacon at Cape Wrath marks the nation’s north-west corner – its name means turning point – doubledigit miles from the nearest road.
* Find step-by-step guides for these walks at www.lfto.com/bonusroutes