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National Trust appeal for £2.56m to buy 'magical' coast

An urgent public appeal to raise £2.6 million has been launched by The National Trust to help it buy a "magical" stretch of coastline for the nation.

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National Trust appeal for £2.56m to buy 'magical' coast

An urgent public appeal to raise £2.6 million has been launched by The National Trust to help it buy a "magical" stretch of coastline for the nation.

National Trust launches appeal for £2.56m to buy 'magical' coast. Credit: James Dobson/National Trust Images/PA Wire

The trust wants to buy Bantham beach and the Avon estuary in south Devon, to maintain quality access to the sandy beach for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit each year and to protect the landscape along the unspoilt coastal site for nature.

A surfer on Bantham beach. Credit: Steven Haywood/National Trust/PA Wire

The beach, nestling in the South Hams, has panoramic views over Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island which, with its Art Deco hotel and access by "sea tractor" at high tide, is the famous setting for Agatha Christie novels and TV adaptations.

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