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"The freedom to roam on Brownsea Island, feeling like a child again, climing down onto the beach, feeling like you are a member of Enid Blyton's Famous Five letting your mind break free and when you think it can't get better sighting a red squirrel. Late Summer Early Autumn 2008."
Carol Noble, Brownsea Island
"During a weeks holiday in North Cornwall at the mid to end of June this year, when incidently the weather was fantastic, we happened upon 2 NT coastal sites, namely Bedruthan Steps (wonderful views) and Godrevy Point (peaceful/quiet with superb beaches) both sites beautifully kept and a real joy. Spend a few hours or a whole day at either and visitors will not be disappointed."
Christopher Osborne, Bedruthan
"My late husband and our 2 sons from 1956 onwards did the cliff walk to Baggy Point (at Croyde) often. Once the cliff at the Point look so sunny and glorious that one son and I felt in such awe of it that each of us had a fantasy of lying at its foot - so humbled were we by its sheet Glory!"
Mrs Zinkin, Baggy Point
"Crantock Beach late afternoon in August 2004. We took four grandchildren ages 7-10 for a walk on the beach after a long journey from Sussez. No towels/swimming costumes. They started paddling and gradually got wetter and wetter ending up in their underpants. They had a marvellous time jumping in and out of the waves. The sun was shining, the children laughing and enjoying themselves and crantock beach was as usual beautiful. It was a glorious hour or so which I shall always remember."
Mrs Birch, Crantock Beach
"The Needles Old Battery is very special place. All that sea and sky is so uplifting. Going down into the tunnel and actually being inside the famous cliff, then seeing the Needles rocks so close is exciting. On one visit we noticed some boring looking steps alongside an equally boring wall and an uninspiring walkway. We thought may as well see everything but when the steps reached the walkway and the wall gave way to a wire netting fence we were stopped in our tracks. There was no land behind the fence just a breathtaking view hundreds of feet down into the turquoise waters of Scrachels Bay with the big hallow in the high chalk cliff echoing the sea birds call and the tiny heach far far below. I now take great pleasure in dragging visitors up the steps and watching their faces being transformed by this beautiful and breathtaking scene, hoping it will give them a priceless moment too."
Mrs Duncan, Needles old battery
"My last great National Trust memory is walking along Rhossil bay Beach on a wet day. In spite of getting soaked it was a memorable afternoon for a townie."
Miss Mansfield, Rhossili
"As I walked along the cliffs above the sea from Stackpole Quay with my partner, we encountered at the end , a most beautiful site. There below us was Barafundle beach. A reall haven on the Pembrokeshire coast. Long will it remain in my memory."
Mrs Swayne, Stackpole Quay
"I have visited many mansions owned by the National trust and admired the beautiful furniture and painting. I have walked through formal gardens attached to their great houses, and the parkland surrounding them such as Stafford Park Gardnes. But my own priceless experiences have been gained from the beach at Birling Gap, E Sussex descending the steps in a howling gale and then finding peace on the sheltered beach, dabbling feet and hands in the sea. Ah bliss."
Mrs Scott, Birling gap
"50 years ago the family holidayed at St Agnes. Chapel Porth was our favourite beach. When the tide went out pools were left for the youngsters to play and splash about. We would dig a trench across the beach to bring water from the stream to the pools to keep them filled. Well betide anyone who broke the frence, dad's patrol was organised to repair when necessary."
Mr Hicks, St Agnes
"Many years ago, as a young man, enjoying the NT manged sand dunes of North Cornwall, sun bathing and lazily reading. Then, as the sun became too hot, running across the sands and swimming in the crystal waters of the Atlantic ocean!"
Rev David Hare, Cornwall
"My memories lay mainly in the Coastal Areas of GB South East, South and South West and a rather cold and misty September in the Lake District, where I signed up to become a member of the National Trust. Sadly I am now too disabled to visit NT houses or difficult terrain, but the memories are always there and for future generations too I hope."
Mrs Keeble, General coast
"Sitting overlooking the Boscastle blow hole and watching seals in the water. Peace. Other visitors were oblivious they were not seeing what they were looking at."
Mrs Watts, Boscastle
"I am seldom able to visit National trust palces these days, as I am 87, widowed and disabled, but I have just returned from a lovely weekend in Cornwall with my daughter and son-in-law, amongst other things they took me to National Trust grounds up on the cliffs where we could look down on a small cove where many seals were enjoying the beautiful weather. A lovely memory."
"The coastal path from Ilfracombe to Morte Hoe holds many happy memories for me. It started as newly weds in 1950's continuing with our son children in the 1960's and 1970's and our grandchildren in 1980's and 2000's culminating in a wonderful moment with my youngest ten year old grandson. He was holding my hand looking down on Lee Bawy and said 'Nana I shall bring my own children to this beautiful happy place'"
Mrs Fellows, Ilfracombe
"Having been a member for a great many years there are so many wonderful memories of beautiful places looked after by the Natinal trust indluding twenty two years of walking the coastline when I lived in devon and visiting friends in Cornwall, still my favourite I think."
Audrey Covey, Devon
"The coastline in Cornwall and Devon, where I have spent many wonderful days exploring with my family as a child, and then as an adult with my own children. Beautiful beaches and coves, sand and rock pools, cliff walks with breathtaking views. Wembury is very dear in our hearts as my Mum lived there, and I am so glad the NT has purchased the extra land."
Mrs Blowers, Cornwall
"For me to know that much of our wonderful coastline will be protected forever by the National trust is a priceless gift. Sunset over Kynance Cove is an unforgettable and spine tingling experience."
Mrs Towndrow, Kynance Cove