Project Neptune




Enterprise Neptune - National Trust coastline project

Enterprise Neptune was launched in 1965 by The Nation Trust with the aim of protecting sections of the UK's unique coastal heritage and habitats. Now known as The Neptune Coastline Campaign the Trust manages around 700 miles of coastline and has plans to acquire more sites in the future. 

The National Trust was founded in 1895 by three Victorian philanthropists in response to the widespread industrialisation and development within the country at that time. As a result of development pressures many historic buildings and tracts of unspoilt countryside were coming under threat. The aim of the Trust was to protect these national assets for future generations. 

The first section of land that the trust acquired as at Barmouth in North Wales. Other well known sites that have been acquired include; Blakeney Point in Norfolk, The Farne Islands, the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland and Brownsea Island, situated in Poole Harbour. 


Acquisition has continued over the past forty years so that now the Trust has over 700 miles of coast under its stewardship. This includes many national landmarks such as the Needles Headland on the Isle of Wight, Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire, Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, 5 miles of the White Cliffs of Dover, much of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales and Lizard Point in Cornwall. The Trust has calculated that around 230 miles of the coastline of Britain has been developed for housing and industry over the last 35 years. However, as a quick tour of this website will reveal, there are still many miles of unspoilt coastline for you to enjoy - lets hope it stays that way!

The main aims of The Neptune Coastline Campaign are as follows 

  • To raise funds to help save coastline under threat 
  • To acquire and protect every type of fine coastline 
  • To increase public awareness of the dangers to the coastline 
  • To influence and to work in partnership with others to maintain sustainable coastal ownership and management practices

Lets hope they continue to be  successful in their efforts to protect this great national resource. 

The National Trust also has many inland rural locations and historic houses and other sites. In all they manage 612,000 acres of land, 700 miles of coastline and 200 historic buildings. All of which is accessible to the public - much of the coastal areas are accessible without charge - except for the odd parking fee. Which is a remarkable achievement and one that is all to easily taken for granted. Going to the beach is still one of the best 'value for money' experiences to be had in the UK today. OK - we complain about the price of parking or the cost of an ice cream but compared to visiting a theme park or taking the family to see a film - it is great value for money. A stroll on the prom or a walk on the beach is still one of the best forms of stress relief in our busy lives.

To find out more about the work of The National Trust or to look for locations to visit follow this link. 

The National Trust -





Ukcoastguide 2019