There are many famously picturesque places to visit in the UK – as well as many you may not know about.
Are there any places you would add to the list?
Situated on the slopes of Ingleborough at an altitude of 1300ft (400m) above sea level, Fell Beck ends its course abruptly and plunges 330ft(100m) down into the limestone plateau creating Britain’s highest unbroken waterfall. (Twice the height of Niagra Falls!) It lands on the floor of Gaping Gill, the largest cavern in Britain, known as the Main Chamber. The cavern is only open to the public twice a year, so get the date in your diary!
Garden of Cosmic Speculation
This is a garden with a twist that is certainly a feast for the eyes and the senses. It was designed by Charles Jencks, an architecture theorist, in 1989. Because this place is only open 1 day a year this is somewhere that i haven’t been yet, but is on the list of things to do!
Eilean Donan Castle
Chances are, you’ve probably seen a few pictures of this castle around. As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island about a mile away from the village of Dornie, at the point where three lochs meet and surrounded by some incredible scenery. The castle has been featured in a number of ad campaigns and films, such as Highlander and Entrapment. It is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.
The Fairy Pools are one of the most visited sites on the Isle of Skye of Scotland. Why? It’s an easy walk along a series of small waterfalls with the Cuillin Mountains as a backdrop. From the parking area, it is a leisurely walk along the River Brittle. What so many people come to see is the series of small waterfalls, each flowing into its own pool. On sunny days, this is a beautiful spot. The water is aquamarine and the views along the valley are magnificent.
The breath-taking site, in a former slate mine in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, lets you play, slide, jump and bounce from net to net in a cavern the size of a cathedral. For more info go to https://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventure/detail/bounce-below
If you’re planning a road trip in Scotland (which I highly recommend) this is one place you can’t miss! Glen Orchy has a good range of scenery and lots of wildlife, the main interest for us were the beautiful waterfalls which sit around half way down the Glen. The rock formations here are truly amazing and depending on the water levels will always reveal or hide the details, the rocks can be extremely slippery so you will need to take care.
Hodge Close Quarry
Hodge Close Quarry is a massive excavation of light green coloured slate, sheer-sided and unfenced, with an originally worked depth from ground level of about 100m (300 feet). The 150 feet deep face is a favourite with abseilers, while the 150 feet deep flooded workings which extend below the surface are popular with divers. A number of divers have lost their lives in Hodge Close Quarry, mainly as the result of getting lost in the underwater tunnels.
The Devils Pulpit
When we were here it was pouring down and it was only about 6am in the morning which is perfect if you want to avoid crowds of people! The stairs down are really steep and slippery so be extremely careful! According to local lore, the gorge was a secret meeting place for the ancient Druids. The Devil’s Pulpit was also where Satan himself was said to have preached to the Monks below.
Although you have to pay to get in, Portmeirion is a must see! Despite the fact it was cloudy and raining when we were there you still felt like you were abroad! It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust. Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, and was “The Village” in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.
Old Man Storr
Even if it is a bit of a hike, this view on the Isle of Skye is something you can’t miss! t takes around an hour each way but is quite steep and very muddy. Probably one of the most iconic views of the beautiful island, it attracts a lot of people every day. I would definitely recommend doing it very early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Speaking of hiking… I think this view from the top of Snowdon is spectacular! You can take the train up, but then you miss out on that massive sense of achievement at the top! The highest peak in Wales is said to be the final resting place of a giant killed by King Arthur.
Another contender from the Isle of Skye.. and it won’t be the last! Often overlooked on the most time-limited itineraries, we still think it is worth a stop. The Fairy Glen is a quick visit, easy to hike, and if there is anywhere you could possibly find a fairy on the Isle of Skye, it would be here.
The Cathedral quarries are a small network of inter-linked quarries above Little Langdale. The system is best known for its main chamber, which still stands forty feet in height, and is lit by two windows off the main quarry. To our surprise, we saw a goldfish fish in the water inside the cave!! If you do visit here, don’t forget to check out Slaters Bridge too! You can’t miss it…
The Isles of Scilly
Wild landscapes, white sand beaches, turquoise waters and a balmy Gulf Stream-enhanced climate – the Scillies feel like a world away but in fact, they’re just 28 miles off the southwestern tip of Cornwall.
Sometimes we don’t always take advantage of those places closest to us! If you’re looking for somewhere to go walking at the weekend, Malham Cove would be a great choice! The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high. The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, rarely seen in England. The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the Village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries.
Buachaille Etive Mor Moutain
The epic view of the mountain from the main A82 road makes it appear quite unassailable and is one of the most photographed sights in Scotland. If you turn off the main road and follow the river SW you will come to this amazing view. Be prepared to fight for your place among the rest of the other photographers there…
Another Beautiful spot on the Isle of Skye… Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls. Just takes a quick stop here to get a stunning shot.
I couldn’t resist adding this place to the list. One of the most beautiful falls in the Yorkshire Dales!
Llansteffan Castle occupies a steep side promontory overlooking the mouth of the River Towy. The castle was built in the early twelfth century, initially in the form of an earth and timber ringwork. Throughout the medieval period, it regularly changed hands as the Anglo-Normans and Welsh vied for control which prompted regular upgrades to the structure. Just look at the spectacular views from the top!
Three Cliff Bay
A spectacular shoreline of sand dunes, salt marsh and of course, the signature three cliffs. A particularly photogenic part of the Gower Coast Path and a great spot to stop for a picnic. You may even catch a glimpse of some wild horses galloping across the beach like we did!
Okay not quite ‘hidden’ but even so… Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, is a geological wonder and home to a wealth of history and legend. The 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago intrigue and inspire visitors. On my list of things to see! Did you know? Legend has it that the causeway was formed by Irish giant Finn McCool who wanted to cross the Irish Sea to fight Scottish rival, Benandonner.
Read more here; https://discovernorthernireland.com/Giant-s-Causeway-National-Trust-Bushmills-P2800/
Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Cheddar, Somerset, England. The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be over 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. Cheddar Gorge was named as the second greatest natural wonder in Britain.
To be continued…