Explore the breathtaking charm of the UK with our guide to '100 of Britain's Most Beautiful Places to Visit.' Discover the untouched countryside, ancient castles, quaint villages, and cosmopolitan cities. Learn about their rich history, unique attractions, and hidden gems.
Rising to an altitude of 388m, Hallin Fell commands the eastern banks of Ullswater in the celebrated Lake District National Park. Despite its modest height, the summit gifts climbers with a panoramic spectacle worth every exerted step. The ascent, originating from the picturesque hamlet of Howtown or St Peter’s Church, might be steep but it's succinct. The summit, marked by an imposing trig point, offers stunning vistas of Ullswater and extends across the Far Eastern Fells, reaching the heroic peaks of Blencathra, Helvellyn, and High Street. Below, the Ullswater Steamer waits, ready to carry visitors on a serene lake cruise from Howtown Pier.
Nestled within the Allerdale district of the Lake District and overseen by the commanding Skiddaw, Keswick is a cherished market town favoured by walkers and tourists alike. Its breathtaking setting is peppered with plenty of low-level fells, perfect for casual hikes. The town centres around the Moot Hall and the vibrant market square, offering a range of amenities from galleries and pubs to outdoor adventure shops. A brief stroll takes you to Hope Park, adjacent to Derwentwater, featuring landscaped gardens and children's activities. A lakeside walk uncovers Ashness Bridge and Jetty, Calfclose Bay, and Friar’s Crag.
The iconic peak of Catbells, one of the Lake District's most recognisable, draws fell walkers nationwide. At a comfortable 451 meters, the peak provides stunning views over the Western Fells, Newlands Valley, Keswick, and Derwentwater. The exhilarating scramble to its zenith adds an extra thrill. Several routes lead to Catbells, with the most frequented path originating from Hawes End. Midway up the fell, a memorial honours Thomas Arthur Leonard, a pioneer in establishing the Ramblers’ Association and the Youth Hostel Association.
The South Lakeland fells and countryside surround Cartmel, and its famous 12th-century Priory Church offers centuries of enthralling history. The village itself offers great food and dining opportunities from artisan bread and cheese shops to traditional pubs. "Rich in culture and heritage, Cartmel is full of 16th and 18th-century buildings and the pretty River Eea streams through the village in a picturesque fashion. The village has become a haven for food lovers, from the village store's award-winning sticky toffee pudding to the nationally acclaimed, Michelin-starred restaurant L'Enclume.
Taking pride of place as one of the only two capes in Britain, Cape Cornwall is a distinctive headland on the fringes of St Just. On the summit of the headland, a 19th-century chimney stack is a reminder of the Cape Cornwall Mine, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two more places of interest include Brisons Rocks and Priest’s Cove. The twin peaks of Brisons Rocks rise up out of the ocean and their distinctive form is said to resemble the shape of General de Gaulle in his bath. The eminent rocks are a breeding ground for birds such as storm-petrels, gannets and fulmars. Priest’s Cove has a mining history dating back to the Victorian times and is still a busy landing spot for local fishermen.
Castle Combe has featured in many notable television series and films including Downton Abbey and Stephen Spielberg's War Horse. This is one of the Cotswold's most photogenic, chocolate-box villages with its valley views, fairytale houses and arched stone bridge crossing the river. The village has a tearoom, a café and two pubs with colourful hanging baskets contrasting perfectly against the golden Cotswold stone. Like much of the Cotswolds, Castle Combe's prosperity was based on its wool trade and much of the architecture dates from the 15th century. This is a beautifully preserved, quintessentially English village."
Lying beneath the gaze of the ‘Shivering Mountain’, widely known as Mam Tor, Castleton is a pretty idyll where you’ll find unusual limestone landscapes and deep caverns. Winnats Pass is a dramatic gorge that cuts through the valley, creating a grand entrance to the village. Perched above the streets on a rocky hilltop, the ruins of Peveril Castle lay claim to being one of the oldest Norman fortresses in England. Castleton is well known for its gaping, underground caverns where the semi-precious stone Blue John can be found. There’s a boat ride that operates inside Speedwell Cavern and music concerts often take place in the entrance to Peak Cavern, also known as the Devil’s Arse.
Close to St.Austell, Charlestown is a beautiful example of a late Georgian working port. This would have been a bustling port throughout the 19th century. Today the village feels untouched and as if you have stepped back in time. Charlestown is a popular film location and popular tourist destination. Home to a small fleet of tall ships, the village has a hotel and an array of cafés and gift shops. Tables at the Pier House Hotel next to the harbour are the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner.
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