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The UK is awash with amazing sights and locations that just need to be explored. If you’re the outdoorsy type of person, it’s likely that the UK will feature highly on your list alongside other such notable destinations as Canada and the USA. The UK has a slightly different twist though – with almost every type of terrain accessible in a relatively small area of land, the UK offers up everything from beachfront to mountain top and all the treats and sights in between. Sound like your kind of thing? Read ahead for the top outdoorsy things to do in the UK.
One of the UK’s most prominent beach destinations, Cornwall is a small strip of land, surrounded on three sides by ocean. The famous Jamaica Inn, popular due to Daphne DuMaurier’s novel of the same name, stands proudly at Bolventor, the ideal place to visit on a break from driving. The coastline is impressive throughout Cornwall, but particularly at notable points such as Godrevy Beach, St Ives and Land’s End. Visit Penzance to gain access to the famous St Michael’s Mount – a small island castle and village set in the sea, accessible by foot but only during low tide. Aside from this, the rest of the county is awash with small villages and ancient sites, perfect for hikes and getting a bit of exercise while exploring something unique.
If you’ve ever wanted to climb a mountain – make it Snowdon. Snowdon is not only one of the easier peaks to summit throughout the whole of the UK, but it’s also got several different access routes that allow for a variety of summit options. If you’re not interested in climbing Mount Snowdon but want to visit Snowdonia, consider staying in the beautiful mountain village of Betws-y-Coed, a picturesque location where you can easily base yourself and explore other areas of Snowdonia such as Beddgelert or Llanberis. Not sure about Snowdonia? No problem – check out southern Wales and the county of Pembrokeshire for some truly stunning rugged cliff sides and trails that will have you coming back time and again.
With rolling green hills and gorgeous little villages made of stone with cobbled streets, Yorkshire is one of the most unique and beautiful counties in all of the UK. Home to the spa town Harrogate, it’s got a reputation for its serene beauty as well as its history. Visit some of the tourist sites like Old Mother Shipton’s Cave or take to the trails and hike the rolling hills and area of natural beauty. One of the most enjoyable towns to visit is York, where the impressive York Minster attracts visitors from around the world alongside the birthplace of Guy Fawkes, one of the original members of the gunpowder plot.
Whatever your reason for visiting the UK, it’s easy to see that it’s got its fair share of great outdoorsy activities and destinations for all lovers of the outdoors. From mountain climbing to beach combing, there’s something for everyone in the British Isles – but don’t take it from us, come and experience it for yourself. The UK is just brimming with things to do and experience, so come and make this your new favourite outdoor holiday destination. You won’t regret it.