Posted 10th Jan 2017
January is a time when we start making new year resolutions, picking things we want to do and places we want to see
The UK is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world with picturesque landscapes that could rival the backdrops of Bali, Italy and even Australia, all on our own door step. Forest Holidays has collated 13 of the UK’s most stunning beauty spots that you have to visit this year.
Lulworth Cove, Dorset
Located on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset, the beauty of Lulworth Cove could easily be mistaken for Greece. In the summer, you can take a boat from the beach to the world famous Durdle Door and Mupe Bay or explore the caves and natural arches.
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The spectacular Sherwood Forest (below left) is not only famed for the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men, but 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.
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Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Wales
It’s no secret that Wales is home to some of the UK’s most picturesque scenery but the majestic Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls (above right) is a must-see destination with a backdrop that could rival the Yosemite Falls in California. 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 stunning. There is a huge range of adventure activities here making for a memorable break for family and groups of friends alike.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 breath-taking views created by stalagmites and stalactites, whilst an audio guide brings the cave to life before your eyes.
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Isles of Scilly
This archipelago off the south-western tip of Cornwall is home to stunning wildlife, unspoilt scenery and uncrowded landscapes, making it the ideal place to escape and relax. Similar to the Australian outback, there is minimal light pollution which means you’ll have uninterrupted views of the sky, perfect for stargazing from your tent.
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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 to guide keen walkers through the hills.
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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.
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Rushy Bay, Isles of Scilly
Situated on Bryher, the smallest inhabited island in the Scilly Isles, Rushy Bay provides panoramic views rivalling those from the beaches of Thailand. Only a short flight or boat ride away from Cornwall, Rushy Bay is a must-see for beach lovers.
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Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
Made entirely from hexagon shaped 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 naturally arched structure coupled with the echoes of waves produces an atmosphere similar to a cathedral.