Walk to the lights

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

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

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