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Coast    by Joe Cornish, David Noton & Paul Wakefield order for
by Joe Cornish
Order:  USA  Can
National Trust, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I've always loved the coastline of Britain, ever since childhood trips clambering up and down the natural steps of the Giant's Causeway, a memorable drive on the Antrim Coast Road, and various hiking and horseriding excursions ranging from Cornwall to Scotland. Given that global warming is likely to make inroads on such coastal areas, we'd better enjoy them while we can, and here's a photographic guide - from the National Trust - to some of the loveliest spots.

A map at the beginning details towns and villages in the coastal areas covered in the book, while in her Introduction, journalist Libby Purves speaks of a 1988 family sailing holiday around the coast of mainland Britain, 'from the jagged, eternal western rocks and headlands to the low, shifting, mournful mudbanks of the east.' She also discusses efforts of the National Trust's Enterprise Neptune campaign, whose objective is to save the 'remaining fine coastline from pollution, destruction, and crass development.'

The pictures - including the White Cliffs of Dover at sunrise - are spectacular, making me want to book an airline ticket, lace up hiking boots and walk in each and every coastal area portrayed here. Historical and archaeological sites are mentioned, as well as bird habitats, sea creatures and rock pools, flora and fauna, fishing boats and lighthouses. Enjoy this vicarious 'Photographic Tour of England, Wales and Northern Ireland', and you too might be tempted to travel to some of these scenic coastal locations.

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