Looking for a summer staycation? With more of us opting for holidays closer to home, there's no greater time to find an off-the-beaten-track location for your first post-lockdown getaway.
'The United Kingdom is known for many things – its landmarks, cuisine, and pop culture to name a few – but nestled away from most of the tourist hoards are some truly impressive places you need to see to believe,' explain the team at LeaseCar.uk.
'From the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland to a single-drop waterfall named The Devil's Appendix, these are the some of the nation’s most impressive hidden gems.'
From Cornwall to Snowdonia, take a look at the remarkable sights and locations to visit this year...
1. Loch Awe, Scotland
Famed for its idyllic freshwater, Loch Awe is a Scottish destination to add to your must-visit list. Stretching 25 miles through glorious Highland landscape, you'll discover rivers, waterfalls, moorland, scenic walking routes and fresh country air that will leave you yearning to come back next year. You'll never get bored, that's for sure.
2. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
This stunning avenue of beech trees is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, captivating visitors from all around the world. It's the perfect place for a slow Sunday afternoon walk. Make sure you don't forget your camera...
3. Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire
Avebury henge and stone circles — which feature the largest stone circle in Britain — were built during the Neolithic period, roughly between 2850 BC and 2200 BC. It's one of the greatest marvels of Prehistoric Britain and is definitely worth visiting. Unlike Stonehenge, visitors at Avebury can walk among the standing stones and explore them up close.
4. St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
Looking for a toes-in-the-sand kind of holiday? Well, St Michael's Mount in Cornwall ticks all the right staycation boxes (and you don't even need to board a plane to get there). It's located off Mount Bay and is one of the handful of tidal islands in the UK which visitors can actually walk to. With a rich history, unparalleled views and a slower pace of life, it's the perfect spot to while away a weekend.
5. Black Rocks, Derbyshire
This historical landscape — situated between Cromford and Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Peak District — is brilliant if you love long walks. The climb to the top might be long, but the views once you get there are worth it.
6. The Devil’s Appendix, Snowdonia, Wales
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Feeling brave? Then head to The Devil's Appendix — the tallest single-drop plunge-style waterfall in Wales. It's a relatively under-the-radar spot, but definitely one to stop by and visit if you're in Snowdonia. Don't forget your walking boots.
7. Wistman's Wood, Devon
A visit to Wistman's Wood will make you feel like you've stepped into a fairy tale, thanks to its tangled ancient trees and winding routes. The beautiful trees here have been left unspoiled and untouched by humans for years, due to the treacherous, rocky ground which makes it hard to walk on. Legend also has it the woods are haunted by tales of druids, ghosts, and supernatural spooks, but don't let that put you off.
8. Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire
Tag a friend who needs a holiday in Britain to gawp at thatched cottages and walk down lovely lanes 🥰 Love these views from Thornton-le-Dale in Yorkshire by @sab_wanderlust_photos . Said by some to be the prettiest village in Yorkshire, Thornton-Le-Dale is a place you may have seen if you scoff as many choccie biccies as I do - for this thatched cottage is regularly used on biscuit tins, calendars and jigsaws. They even have stocks in the village square to punish anyone who puts cream on their scone before the jam. Remember folks: lashings of Jam on the scone and then a *small* dollop of clotted cream. It's the law. It's believed The Angles who conquered Yorkshire between AD 500-540, must have given Thornton its name, as the countryside was thickly wooded by thorn bushes. . Well, it’s still raining. Here is the weather forecast for the next week: 🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧😅 Lovely shots by @sab_wanderlust_photos 🇬🇧 To be featured, follow and tag us! ‘Ta! 🇬🇧
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Known as one of the world's most picturesque villages, Thornton-le-Dale is packed with honey-hued cottages, idyllic walking routes and breathtaking views across the North Yorkshire Moors. Perfect for a week-long staycation or short day trip.
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