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All at sea: five great UK coastal walks

From East Sussex to the Isle of Skye, spectacular coastal scenery and pretty seaside towns are only a walk away in Britain
• Walking the new England Coast Path

This gently undulating 18 mile amble along the Wales Coast Path links Pembrokeshire’s liveliest seaside resort with the small town where Dylan Thomas lived – and which this year has been celebrating the centenary of his birth. Along the way are picnic-friendly clifftops as well as small resorts such as Amroth and Wiseman’s Bridge, and the usually empty Marros Sands (where you might see petrified trees and the half-buried skeleton of a boat). Pendine, thanks to its wide, shallow tide, has some of the warmest waves in the UK. At weekends, the MoD allows walkers to do the final Pendine-Laugharne stretch via the beach; at other times you have to follow the WCP “dragon shell” signs into Laugharne and toast your arrival with a pint of Felinfoel Double Dragon – Wales’s oldest beer; the brewery owner is a local – at Brown’s Hotel. Laugharne hosts two Dylan Thomas-themed festivals on the last two weekends of September (details at thedylanweekends.com).
walescoastpath.gov.uk

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Six of the best cave hotels

From the set of Star Wars to a former silver mine …

Restored from abandoned ancient caves in the Basilicata village of Matera by the Sextantio Group, Le Grotte della Civita has taken great care to preserve the atmosphere of a medieval settlement, with minimalist furnishings. Breakfast (and dinner on request) is served in a former 13th-century cave church.
Doubles from €200, sextantio.it/grotte-civita

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