The seven hidden natural wonders of Britain
Thursday 17, March 2011
To celebrate British Tourism Week 2011, which runs between the 12th and 20th of March, www.uktourism.co.uk have created a list of its seven natural wonders of Britain for holidaymakers to explore.
The locations are spread across the four corners of Britain and range from unspoilt beaches to a breathtaking waterfall. Ginna Clark from www.uktourism.co.uk explained, “Britain is blessed with a variety of natural wonders and awe-inspiring landscapes, some of which are almost unheard of. We’re hoping this list will inspire people to not only holiday in Britain, but explore some great attractions off the beaten track.”
1. Horsey Beach, Norfolk
Featuring rolling dunes of golden sand, this windswept beach is almost deserted due to the poor access routes for cars and larger vehicles. However, the adventurous traveller can experience one of the best beaches that Britain’s east coast has to offer. Open between spring and autumn (as it is a breeding ground for seals during the winter) the beach and surrounding broads offer charming tranquillity.
2. Cape Cornwall, Cornwall
Cape Cornwall is the only cape in England and features some of the most breathtaking views in the country. A little known fact is the definition as to what a ‘cape’ really is - it is a headland where two oceans or channels meet. In this case the English Channel and St Georges Channel. The surrounding countryside, ruins of former mines and waves crashing on the rocks below are symbolic of the Cornish coastal landscape.
3. Rannerdale Knotts, Cumbria
Rannerdale Knotts is a fell (or mountain) in the heart of the Lake District, featuring some of the greatest views that the national park has to offer. Though one of the smaller Cumbrian hills, the views overlooking lake Crummock Water and Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District are breathtaking.
4. Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll and Bute
Regardless of the weather, an exploration of this magical place is guaranteed to provide an uplifting experience. Though the gardens can only be reached by river crossing, the short trip across the river Eachaig. Featuring hundreds of different species of plants and trees, including 15ft tall Giant Sequoias which occurs naturally only on the borders of the Sierra Nevada mountains, in California. The high rainfall and mild winters suit many of the more unusual species of rhododendrons, magnolias and nothofagus grown.
5. The Roaches, Staffordshire
Deep in the Peak District national park the Roaches are a set of rocks, which in themselves are an unusual geological feature that have never really been explained. At the highest point of the rocks you can turn on the spot and only see a couple of country cottages in the distance. It is also said that a group of Wallabies dwell in the area, having been released in the 19th century.
6. Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
The enchanting Forest of Dean covers 42 square miles of Gloucestershire and is one of the last surviving ancient forests of Britain. Featuring dense woodland and trickling streams the idyllic forest is home to an abundance of wildlife including deer and even wild boar.
7. Pistyll Rhaeadr, near Llanrhaeadr
In the heart of the Berwyn Mountains, Pistyll Rhaeadr is an awe-inspiring 73 metre tall waterfall which is one of the seven wonders of Wales. Author George Borrow, in his book Wild Wales, remarked of the waterfall: "What shall I liken it to? I scarcely know, unless it is to an immense skein of silk agitated and disturbed by tempestuous blasts, or to the long tail of a grey courser at furious speed. I never saw water falling so gracefully, so much like thin, beautiful threads as here."
A wide selection of brochures is available on www.uktourism.co.uk to coincide with UK Tourism Week and to encourage holidaymakers to “choose the UK”. Everyone who registers on the website will stand a chance of winning a £1000 luxury UK holiday this year.
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