Coast: Our Island Story: A Journey of Discovery Around Britain and Ireland

Coast: Our Island Story: A Journey of Discovery Around Britain and Ireland

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1849900361

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Coast is one of Britain's best-loved TV series, regularly attracting a viewership of over 3.5 million. It is also a best-selling book series, but this is the first book to be written by a Coast presenter and offering stories from every series and more, to create the definitive guide to our coastline. Nicholas Crane brings his geographer's eye and love of the British landscape to take you on an enthralling journey along our coastline. Both a celebration of and reference guide to the the coast, Nick draws on all the elements that have made the series such a success, from local history to national defense, forts and ports, fishermen and artists, sacred buildings and detailed cartography, as well as taking in iconic landmarks, seaside holidays and, of course, wildlife. Nick's evocative prose and extensive knowledge infuse this book, which combined with two color plate sections, make this an unmissable purchase for all fans of the British coast.

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prominent lettering. Wittie’s book went into a second edition, and health tourists began diverting to North Yorkshire. Scarborough became the first coastal health resort in the country. Celia Fiennes was probably fairly typical of the well-connected class of leisure-travellers who made the long ride to Scarborough. For at least a decade, Fiennes had been riding to and fro across southern England, visiting spas and mineral springs. But she had never travelled this far from home. Viewed from

transportation added to the sense of being ‘moved’ to another place. The Victorian aversion to walking, and the challenge of overcoming the geography of resorts, led to new kinds of coastal vehicles. Narrow-gauge railways were built along promenades, and funiculars up cliffs. Some of these contraptions were more successful than others. Magnus Volk, the Brighton-born son of a German clockmaker, produced a work of genius in the electric railway he built along Brighton’s seafront in 1883. He was

deserts 16–17, 18, 38 Desroy, Graham 1–4 Dingle Bay 30, 133 dinosaur shores 17, 19 Doe, Helen 138 ‘Doggerland’ 5–8, 53, 63, 81, 115, 178, 202, 203, 261, 262 Domesday Book 43, 70, 81, 115, 220 Donegal Bay 134 Douglass, James 183, 186 Dour, River 62 Dover 61–3, 64–5, 80, 101–2, 117, 163–4, 180, 187, 199 ‘Dover boat’ 62–3 Quad 117 Straits 26, 187 White Cliffs of 3, 19–20, 21, 61–3 Downes, Richard 147–8 DP World 89–90 Drake, Mr 192 ‘Dream of White Horses’ climb 2 dredging 87–9,

adjacent to the coast ‘ought to be aiding and assisting to the said distressed merchants or mariners, in saving their shipwrecked goods, and that without the least embezzlement, or taking any part thereof from the right owners.’ Clearly, by the 12th century, the appropriation of ‘shipwrecked goods’ was not uncommon. By this time, boats had been in continuous use around Britain’s coast for at least 5,000 years. Together with the gradual increase of ships being used for trading and fishing, there

of a 250-million-year-old desert … when the tide’s out. There’s a marvellous, red sea arch, too, and on a hot day it doesn’t take too much imagination to slip away to a land of searing winds and a few, blinking reptiles. Until recently, Tyne and Wear had its own fabulous sea arch from the era of the Big Heat, a stunning, creamy-coloured monolith of limestone which looked as if it had been built to commemorate the warry deeds of a Roman emperor. But in 1996 the top of Marsden Bay’s arch collapsed,

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