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10 of Britain’s Natural Wonders to Discover on Holiday

The Giant's Causeway at Sunset

The Giant’s Causeway at Sunset

The UK is home to some amazing natural wonders, which inspire and amaze visitors.  Which will you discover on your next break away?  Forget having to go half way across the world to see some awe inspiring naturally stunning scenery, there is plenty to see right here at home in Britain.  And one of the best parts, depending on where you live in the UK, you may not even need to catch a plane to get to some of these natural wonders, for many you may be able to just pack your stuff, jump in the car and go!

1.  The Limestone Pavement, Malham, Yorkshire Dales

A landscape so unique and stunning it featured in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows, the Limestone Pavement at the top of Malham Cove is an absolute wonder.  Visit and you can walk over the  strange craggy rocks of this limestone formation as well as look out over amazing views over the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Malham' Coves Amazing Limestone Pavement

Malham’ Coves Amazing Limestone Pavement












Getting to the top of Malham Cove though where the ‘pavement’ lies is quite a feat, as it’s a steep hike up (there are steps) so walking boots are a must and being physically fit is essential too.  Beware of the drops from the limestone pavement, there is a sheer drop in to Malham Cove with no barriers.

Places to Stay near the Limestone Pavement:

Malham lies in a tranquil rural location in the Yorkshire Dales, choose to stay in a country cottage in the Yorkshire Dales, and select accommodation not too far from Settle, Grassington and Skipton which are relatively close to Malham.


2.  Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge Somerset

Uniquely beautiful Cheddar Gorge

One of England’s most stunning natural wonders, Cheddar Gorge is an imposing inland limestone gorge with high cliffs that runs for 3 miles within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the town of Cheddar.  Created during the Ice age, not only can you visit and see the amazing gorge, there are fascinating caves to see here too!  Discover Gough’s Cave which was inhabited in prehistoric times.

A special area of conservation, there is a cliff top walk you can take along the top of the gorge.  Walking boots are recommended and stay away from the edge where there are steep drops.  There are shops and a cafe on the edge of the gorge serving visitors.

Amazing Cheddar Gorge Cave

The amazing underground world at Cheddar Gorge

Where to Stay near Cheddar Gorge:

The town of Cheddar is extremely well located for visiting the nearby caves.  The Mendip Hills are another good choice for visiting the gorge on a day trip.


3.  Durdle Door along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

One of the Jurassic Coast’s most photographed places, Durdle Door along the Dorset coast truly has to be seen to be believed.  Depending on your vantage point, this limestone cliff structure can look like a dinosaur dipping its head in the sea or as a gateway to the ocean.  Visit to see what it conjures up in your imagination!

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast











The nearby sand and shingle beach is a great spot to sit and take in the views.
There is a nearby car park but take a picnic as there are no cafes at Durdle Door.  Just along the coast is another fascinating place to visit; Lulworth Cove where there are a couple of cafes.

Places to Stay near Durdle Door:

Durdle Door is located around mid-way between Weymouth and Swanage and is just a drive away from many parts of the Jurassic coast.

4.  Winnats Pass, Peak District

Winnats Pass in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley close to Mam Tor is a truly majestic place to visit.  Not only is this grass covered limestone gorge amazing, but there are also a number of fascinating caves to discover in the nearby area including Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern.

The Peak District's Winnats Pass

The Peak District’s Winnats Pass

Some would argue that the underground world around this part of England is in fact even more amazing than the gorge above ground.  Visit the caves and see glittering stalagmites, waterfalls and fossilised sea creatures from long ago.  This part of the Peak District really is a true wonder.

Where to Stay near WInnats Pass:

The nearest town is Castleton and the Hope Valley is also close by.


5.  The Stacks of Duncansby, Caithness

Located on Scotland’s most northerly coast close to John o’ Groats is the Duncansby Head coastal area.  Here you’ll be greeted with high cliffs with sheer drops, as well as the awe inspiring rock formations that are the Stacks of Duncansby.  These amazing jagged rock formations with their sharp pointed tops that look almost like castles rising from the sea are a real sight to behold and a superb natural wonder.

The simply unique Stacks of Duncansby, Caithness

The simply unique Stacks of Duncansby, Caithness

Remember to wear good walking boots and stay clear of the cliff edges, there are sheer drops with no barriers.

Head to nearby Bay of Sannick whilst in this part of Scotland and you may be lucky enough to see the local resident population of seals too!

Where to Stay Near The Stacks of Duncansby:

The town of John o’Groats is close by and Thurso is just 21 miles away.


6.  Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave

Lying off the coast, close to the Isle of Mull in Scotland, the uninhabited Isle of Staffa is an absolute wonder.  Reached by boat, this small island with its unusual tall basalt columns is a sight to behold.  The distinctive geological formations on this island give it a truly other worldly feel.

The Amazing Isle of Staffa

The Amazing Isle of Staffa

Weather permitting you may be able to explore Fingal’s cave too, a sea cave explored by boat where you can see more of the amazing basalt columns up close.
Where to Stay to Visit the Isle of Staffa on Holiday:

As an uninhabited island, it’s impossible to stay on the small island of Staffa.  Boat trips run from the island of Iona and mainly from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

7.  Fairy Pools Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye in Scotland is home to more than its fair share of natural wonders  as well as an interesting kind of light which has inspired artists for generations.  One of the Isle’s most inspiring natural wonders are the Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillin hills which spectacular waterfalls pool in to.  With turquoise coloured waters, these pools and waterfalls certainly seem to exude a certain kind of magic.

Experience a kind of magic with Skye's Fairy Pools

Experience a kind of magic with Skye’s Fairy Pools











As with many of the UK’s natural wonders, wearing good walking boots is essential.  The closest village on Skye is Carbost.

Places to Stay Near the Fairy Pools on Skye:

The town of Portree is a popular place to stay on the Isle of Skye and is around half an hour’s drive from the Fairy Pools.


8.  Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Follow in giant footsteps at the Giant's Causeway, Ireland

Follow in giant footsteps at the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland ?

Perhaps one of Britain’s best known natural wonders and definitely one for the bucket list is the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.  This place is so unique and special, it’s no wonder it’s steeped in legend and myth.  Visit and be filled by wonder and amazement when you see these amazing basalt columns in person.  The result of volcanic activity dating back millions of years, prepare for this amazing coastal geological wonder to inspire and amaze you.
As a major tourist attraction, there is a Visitor Centre close to the Giant’s Causeway with extensive parking, coffee shop and loos.

Where to Stay near the Giant’s Causeway:

The Giant’s Causeway is located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, close to the town of Ballycastle, Coleraine and Armoy.


9.  Dark Hedges, near Armoy Northern Ireland

Having recently featured in the hit TV series Game of Thrones, this avenue of twisted beech trees that run along Bregagh Road near Ballymoney are an amazing place to visit.  With a sinister unusual appearance, these trees conjure up thoughts of magic and special forces, and are so atmospheric and spooky it’s no wonder they featured in the Game of Thrones.

Discover Northern Ireland's Dark Hedges

Discover Northern Ireland’s Dark Hedges

Conveniently, these atmospheric trees are just 25 minutes’ drive from the Giant’s Causeway making it easy to explore both of these natural wonders on the one trip.


Places to Stay near the Dark Hedges:

Nearby towns not too far from the Dark Hedges include Coleraine, Ballymoney and Ballycastle.


10. Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

The majestic Pistyll-Rhaeadr waterfall

The majestic Pistyll-Rhaeadr waterfall

This waterfall in is one of Wales’ best natural wonders.   Renowned as being the highest waterfall in the whole of Wales, this dramatic waterfall lies close to the Berwyn Mountains and is only around 21 miles from Snowdonia National Park.  There are many good walks in the surrounding area.

At its base there is a car park and a tea shop which is an ideal spot to stop off at whilst enjoying this wonderful location.

Places to Stay near Pistyll Rhaeadr:

Bala in Snowdonia is around 21 miles away and also close by is Llandrillo.


Stay Safe When Discovering Britain’s Natural Wonders

As naturally occurring landscapes and landmarks, many of the listed natural wonders feature sheer drops and if visiting with children they must be supervised at all times.  Some of the locations are best suited for visiting with children aged 10 and older.

Top 5 Reasons to holiday on a Farm in 2018

Cow next to field

Cow next to field

If you like the idea of holidaying in a tranquil country location, whether for an Easter break or a summer holiday, booking a self-catering break on a farm could be a great choice.  The good news is that there are lots of holiday cottages on farms to be found dotted throughout rural England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  A good number of farmers have converted old stables and farm buildings into, in many cases luxurious holiday accommodation where guests can come for a while to experience a taste of the good life.

For ideas and inspiration, on places to stay, see our:

Read on for our top 5 reasons to holiday on a farm.

1. Country Views

Enjoy country views on holiday

Enjoy country views on holiday

One of the best benefits of holidaying on a farm is seeing those country views.  For the best rural views look out for holiday homes with private balconies or fields where you can sit out and look out over nearby fields and meadows.  Whether for you the joy is in sitting out and listening to bird song whilst enjoying a morning coffee or sitting out and sipping a cool glass of wine on a summer’s evening whilst you watch the sun go down, you can see some amazing sun rises and sun sets on holiday in the British countryside.

2. Wildlife Watch

Most farms are set in acres and acres of countryside (although some are on edge of village locations), and by virtue of this rural setting are glorious places to enjoy a bit of wildlife watching.  Whether you’re a keen twitcher who likes to look out for birds like hawks, sparrows or even in Scotland eagles, holidaying on a farm can be a good choice for spotting birdlife and other animals.

Stay near meadowlands, fields or forest on a farm and you may also be lucky enough to spot other wildlife such as deer, rabbits and hares.  Early morning and around sunset can be good times of day for spotting wildlife, as well as an optimum time to take photos too, so you can capture those memories to treasure.


3. Meet the Animals

Meet animals on a farm

Meet animals on a farm holiday

Choose to stay on a farm with livestock and you are almost guaranteed to see animals on holiday.  Whether the farmer keeps sheep, chickens, pigs or cows or a combination of these, at many farms the owners are open to guests meeting and at some places even feeding the animals.  If you’d like to have the opportunity to meet the animals or think your children would love to do this, see our list of farms where you can meet the animals.

Whether it’s giving a carrot to a donkey or putting out corn for chickens, children and adults often love the chance to meet and feed farm animals.

4. Relax and Unwind in Tranquillity

Perhaps you work in a city or a bustling town and long for a bit of peace and tranquillity.  If you want to get away from it all to a place where you can recharge your batteries in tranquil surroundings then holidaying on a farm could be a great choice.  If you truly want an idyllic peaceful retreat staying at a smallholding may be the best choice, rather than holidaying on a larger farm where there may be tractors and other farm vehicles.  If peace and tranquillity is truly important to you, we recommend that you get in touch with owners or agencies prior to booking  for reassurances that the property that you are interested in, is suitable for your needs.

5. Enjoy a Taste of the Good Life

Hens for freshly laid eggs

Hens for freshly laid eggs

There’s nothing quite like holidaying on a farm for a chance to experience a taste of the good life.  At some farms, you may be supplied with eggs produced on the farm, how’s that for a taste of the good life?  Whereas if you holiday on a farm that grows strawberries you may be allowed to pick some of the local crop to enjoy during your stay.

Whichever type of farm you choose to holiday on, whether you enjoy peace, tranquillity, getting back to nature and wildlife watching, this kind of holiday could be a wonderful experience.