12 Places You'd Never Believe Are In The UK
So pretty, much gorgeous.
January's classic New Year's Resolutions/diet planning/holiday organisation time. But rather than blow the bank spending all your dinero flying abroad, we have a few suggestions for bonkersly beautiful places right here in the U of the K.
From the highlands of Scotland to the white sandy beaches of Cornwall, the UK is packed with exceptional scenery that rivals the picturesque backdrops of Bali, Greece and even Australia. Don't believe us? Just check out these surprising, unusual and must-see destinations, collated by that awesome lot over at Forest Holidays.
Lulworth Cove, Dorset
You’d be forgiven for mistaking this beauty spot for sunny Greece, but in fact this stunning beach is located just off the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset. In the summer, you can take a boat from the beach to the world famous Durdle Door or explore the caves and natural arches.
Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Wales
There’s no need to visit Yosemite Falls in California when Wales is home to so many of the UK’s most stunning waterfalls.
Boasting the UK’s steepest single drop waterfall, this is the perfect place to explore the Berwyn Mountains and surrounding hills.
Lake Windermere, Lake District
Set in Cumbria’s charming Lake District National Park, Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and arguably the most picturesque. There is a huge range of adventure activities here making for a memorable break for family and groups of friends alike.
Award-winning Porthcurno Beach can easily hold its own against the white sands of Bondi and the stunning cliff edges of the Amalfi Coast. Situated in the far west of Cornwall, Porthcurno’s soft white sand, turquoise sea and high cliffs create an oasis of stunning natural beauty.
Strathaird, Scottish Highlands
This beautiful peninsula on the Isle of Skye is home to Iron Age fort, Dun Ringill, and is now mostly owned by conservation charity The John Muir Trust. Strathaird is barely populated, giving you uninterrupted views of sunsets that would even make Bali envious.
There’s no need to visit Brazil to experience a lush rainforest when the spectacular Sherwood Forest is just a few hours away. Not only famed for the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men, Sherwood Forest was chosen as one of the BBC’s seven natural wonders of The Midlands. Spanning over 1,000 acres, Sherwood Forest is the perfect place to unwind in a luxury cabin beneath the trees.
Lavender Fields, Norfolk
Rivalling the stunning lilac haze of Provence’s lavender fields, Norfolk’s lavender farm is a perfect day trip for families. Spend a few hours here roaming the famous lavender gardens, Lavender Oil Distillery, National Lavender Collection and herb gardens. It’ll be sure to bring back childhood memories of driving through France’s countryside.
Cheddar Cave, Somerset
This completely natural, limestone gorge not only has drops of 137m, but is home to the cave where Britain’s oldest skeleton was found. Discover the secret caves and stare in awe at the breathtaking views created by stalagmites and stalactites, whilst an audio guide brings the cave to life before your eyes.
Isles of Scilly
This archipelago off the south-western tip of Cornwall is home to a diverse range of wildlife, unspoilt scenery and uncrowded landscapes, making it the ideal place to escape and relax. With stargazing opportunities that will rival the Australian outback, the Isle of Scilly has minimal light pollution which means you’ll have uninterrupted views of the sky.
Boasting tranquil lochs, majestic mountains and enchanting rivers, Ardgartan is a great place for adventurers with plenty of summits to be conquered and marked trails through the hills.
Loch Lubnaig, Strathyre
You’d be forgiven for thinking this waterway runs though The Alps, but in fact this image shows Loch Lubnaig in all its glory. A small freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, this loch is nestled between two mountains where you can undertake a range of activities such as canoeing, biking and fishing.
Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
Made entirely from hexagonal basalt columns, Fingal’s Cave lies on the uninhabited island of Staffa in Scotland and is accessed only by boat. It is famed for its natural acoustic as the cave’s size and natural arches coupled with the echoes of waves produces an atmosphere similar to a cathedral.