04 March 2019
While the likes of Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Dublin have their charms, getting out of the city to discover Britain’s nature-filled regions will deliver enough blockbuster scenery to fill several camera memory cards. Want to find Britain’s most beautiful landscapes? Add these scenic spots to your itinerary:
Lake District, England
A UNESCO World Heritage-listed region located two hours form Manchester, the Lake District stole the hearts of literary greats like Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, and continues to enchant people from all over the world today. There are many ways to soak up the immense beauty of this charming part of England. Hire a rowboat to head out for a leisurely paddle, mountain bike through Whinlatter Forest, enjoy an easy walk with a local volunteer guide or book in to experience a day on the water aboard a patrol boat with a park ranger. A natural world teeming with immersive experiences for visitors of all ages, you could easily spend a week exploring the Lake District and not run out of things to see or do.
There’s much more to Wales than Cardiff, and the picturesque Snowdonia region is well worth a visit. Snowdonia’s wealth of mountain trails, nature reserves, woodlands and secluded beaches make it popular with hikers, mountain bikers and cavers. Birdwatchers are also drawn to this wild part of Wales, all keen to catch a glimpse of the peregrine falcons, ravens and goshawks that nest around the cliffs of Snowdonia National Park.
Glencoe National Nature Reserve, Scotland
Home to mythic mountains, peaceful streams and wildflower-studded glens, it’s no wonder filmmakers love shooting movies in this atmospheric corner of the Scottish Highlands. Providing the perfect backdrop for films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy and Skyfall, this pristine reserve is taken care of by the National Trust for Scotland to preserve this area’s unique landscapes, flora and fauna. Choose to go on a guided walk with a ranger, head out on a Land Rover Safari or challenge yourself with a day of mountaineering.
Killarney National Park, Ireland
Located in County Kerry, this stunning national park boasts crystal lakes, evergreen forests and the highest mountain range in Ireland. Walking, canoeing and kayaking are all popular ways to explore the wild beauty of this biodiverse region. Home to the last surviving indigenous herd of red deer in Ireland, Killarney National Park is a dream destination for wildlife lovers.
Peak District National Park, England
The moors and meadows of the Peak District National Park are quintessentially English. So English that many period dramas have been filmed in the region, including Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth and The Other Boleyn Girl. Dramatic landscapes just perfect for long rambles make it a popular spot for walkers and naturalists searching for the peace and tranquillity that comes with being surrounded by nothing but wildflowers, moorland, dales and rolling hills.
To discover Britain's Great Outdoors for yourself, get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor.