If you’re looking for an adventurous escape, then Britain has a huge variety of beautiful regions and landmarks to explore. Everyday flights are easily booked in the UK, allowing you to indulge in a few days retreat from everyday life and visit stunning scenery and landscapes. If you want to discover places a little off the beaten track and return home after having a real adventure, then these are five places you shouldn’t miss.
1. Perrott’s Folly, Birmingham
If your love of adventure stemmed from the flights of fantasy in books such as the Lord of the Rings, then Perrott’s Folly is a must visit. This beautiful brick tower was built in 1758 and was part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s scenery as he grew up. Combined with a nearby Waterworks Tower, Perrott’s Folly was part of the inspiration behind the second Lord of the Rings novel, The Two Towers. Nowadays the restored tower is home to exhibitions and events, and is a great landmark to visit whether you’re a fan of Tolkien’s work or just want to discover some beautiful architecture outside of Birmingham’s city centre.
2. Devon and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast is 140 million years old and runs for 95 miles between East Dorset and East Devon. Awarded the status of a World Heritage Site, the red sandstone cliffs, untarnished beaches and natural coastline offer stunning beauty. Chesil Beach, Durdle Door and Landram Bay beaches are all highly recommended, and whilst you’re adventuring amongst the cliff tops, you may even find a fossil or two.
3. The Lake District
Whether you’re visiting Windermere or Keswick, the Lake District is a must-see for any keen outdoors explorer. Whilst tiny villages and towns give this region much of its native charm, there is little doubt that the natural landscape of lakes and mountains are the main attraction. Outdoors activities are numerous, and you’ll be able to indulge in water-sports such as kayaking, boating or even swimming – particularly in Lake Windermere. Meanwhile, there are a huge number of mountain hikes and trails to discover, with The Cumbrian Way and the Coast-to-Coast Walk two challenges to try. All in all, this corner of North West England provides a seemingly endless supply of new activities for weekend breaks.
Whilst Mull is one of Scotland’s more popular tourist retreats, there’s a lot to do on the island if you like a little adventure. The area is home to a huge array of wildlife, including some of Britain’s most spectacular native species such as golden eagles, the recently reintroduced sea eagles, red deer and otters side by side. You can go whale watching for minke whale and the elusive humpback whale, or take in the beautiful marina with its pastel coloured homes.
5. Cornwall’s Coastline
One of the best areas in the UK for a naturally warm climate, the Cornish coast offers a lot for those with adventure in mind. If you’re a keen watersports enthusiast, you’ll find many opportunities to surf and body board here. A variety of caves and cliffs are available to explore, and Tintagel castle, home place of the fabled King Arthur, is a popular landmark that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
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