For many of us, we stick within our little bubble of our city, town or village. We go by day by day pushing on with our routines of work, play and money spending. Little do we realise, we are often surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, even when we live in a concrete wilderness! Whilst many of our cities are well worth a visit, mooch and explore, we have some fantastic rural areas too.
So if you’re looking for a step into nature, or just fancy a retreat with a view, here are 5 areas of the UK you should plan to visit!
The Lake District is one of the world’s most beautiful spots, and yet remains a little underrated. Whether you scale some of the highest peaks the UK has to offer, or you venture the tranquil lakes this district has to offer.
Start at Lake Windermere, which is a good starting point for the lakes, and then work your way out. You’ll never get bored!
To the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of the most picturesque spots in the UK. A pretty rural part of the country offering rolling hills, grassland and thatched medieval villages. It’s a joy to explore!
Whereas the Lake District is largely open land, the Cotswolds does things a bit different: there’s plenty of nature around, but it’s interspersed with quaint, quintessentially English towns and villages.
Book yourself into a hotel in Evesham, and you’ll have all of the Cotswolds below you, just waiting to be explored. So, If you fancy a rural retreat with over 100 miles of walking trails on your doorstep, the Cotswold’s is the place to go! It’s a side of the UK you’re unlikely to have seen before.
The Scottish Highlands
There’s no place better for a nature fix than the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands. This is about as remote and wild as it gets in the UK; you’ll definitely feel like you’ve fallen away from civilisation! Take your tent, and you’ll be able to wild camp and get the true, full-bodied nature experience.
There’s also some sightseeing to be had, in particular, castles and seals!
The UK has one of Europe’s most scenic drives. It’s located in Ireland, and it’s the one that takes you along the Causeway Coastal road. You’ll stop among many beautiful nature spots, until eventually, you find yourself at Giants Causeway, one of the most breathtaking sights in the UK. It’s a journey filled with legends, history, and sublime view after sublime view.
Along the Coast
Who says you can’t have a beach holiday in the UK? It’ll be more rugged and primal than sun and sangria, but there’s much beauty to be had. The best spots are located on the south coast, including the magnificent white cliffs of Dover. Small time towns like Hastings and Eastbourne are sleepy yet beachy. Or if you fancy a little more vibrancy, head to the city of Brighton for culture and ice creams!