The UK beauty spots bucket list

Thursday 05 January 2017

January is a time when we start making New Year resolutions, picking things we want to do and places we want to see. With so much choice, where should you start? Forest Holidays has collated 13 of the UK’s most stunning beauty spots that you have to visit this year!

Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Lulworth Cove, Dorset
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Beautiful Lulworth Cove is located on the Jurassic Coast, which is a World Heritage Site in Dorset, southwest England. In the summer, you can take a boat from the bay to go right up to the iconic rock formation of Durdle Door.

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Wales

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Wales
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It’s no secret that Wales is home to some of the UK’s most picturesque scenery but the majestic Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls is a must-see destination. Boasting the UK’s steepest single drop waterfall, go on to explore the Berwyn Mountains and surrounding hills.

Lake Windermere, Lake District

Lake Windermere, Lake District

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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.

Porthcurno, Cornwall

Porthcurno, Cornwall

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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

Strathaird, Scottish Highlands

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This beautiful peninsula on the Isle of Skye is home to Iron Age fort, Dun Ringill. Strathaird is barely populated, giving you uninterrupted views of stunning sunsets.

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest
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Sherwood Forest is famed for the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men, but you can choose to unwind in a luxury cabin beneath the trees.

Lavender Fields, Norfolk

Lavender Fields, Norfolk
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Revel in the stunning lilac haze of Norfolk’s lavender fields. Roam the gardens and lavender oil distillery, which produce the much-loved essential oil and other lavender scented products. 

Cheddar Cave, Somerset

Cheddar Cave, Somerset
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The completely natural, limestone Cheddar Gorge not only has drops of  450ft (137m), but is home to the cave where Britain’s oldest skeleton was found. Explore the caves and stare in awe at the breath-taking stalagmites and stalactites.

Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly
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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. The distance from the mainland also means you’ll have night skies perfect for stargazing. 

Ardgartan, Scotland

Ardgartan, Scotland
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Boasting tranquil lochs, majestic mountains and enchanting rivers, Ardgartan in Scotland is a great place for adventurers with plenty of summits to be conquered and marked trails to guide keen walkers through the hills.

Loch Lubnaig, Strathyre, Scotland

Loch Lubnaig, Strathyre
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A small freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Lubnaig is nestled between 2 mountains and you can undertake a range of activities such as canoeing, biking and fishing.

Rushy Bay, Isles of Scilly

Rushy Bay, Isles of Scilly
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Situated on Bryher, the smallest inhabited island of the Isles of Scilly, Rushy Bay is a must-see for beach lovers.

Fingal’s Cave, Scotland

Fingal's Cave, Scotland
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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.

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