Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Wales
It’s no secret that Wales is home to some of the UK’s most picturesque scenery but the magical Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls is a must-see with a backdrop that could rival the famous 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.
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Strathaird, Scottish Highlands
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 sunsets that would even make Bali envious.
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Lulworth Cove, Dorset
Found 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.
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 sanctuary of stunning natural beauty.
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Not only home to 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. This majestic forest spans over 1,000 acres and is the perfect place to unwind in a luxury cabin beneath the trees.
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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, making for a memorable break for family and groups of friends alike.
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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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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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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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Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
Made entirely from 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 arched structure coupled with the echoes of waves produces an atmosphere similar to a cathedral.
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Cheddar Cave, Somerset
This completely natural, limestone gorge 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 – perfect for big and small kids alike!
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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, so Forest Holidays has picked some of the most surprising, unusual and must-see destinations to add to your 2017 bucket list.
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