The UK, and London in particular, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. The main attractions for most people visiting the UK are the iconic buildings/architecture, fascinating history, exciting cities,rich cultural traditions, even the food (okay, perhaps more so the visit to the pubs serving said food) yet not as much attention is paid to some of the natural wonders on offer (and for free) in the UK.But if you really want to experience the charm of this place, you should head to the natural wonders. With sheer cliffs and gorgeous sea-sides, lakes and waterfalls, the UK is sure to leave any visitor stunned. Let us take you to 7 marvelous natural sights you have no reason to miss on a trip there.
1.Old Harry Rock
Old Harry Rocks is the name given to a chalk stack found below the cliffs at Ballard, which lies directly east of Studland , just north of Swanage in Dorset. As part of the world famous UNESCO Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, the rocks are spectacular, especially in heavy weather when the sea crashes around the base of the stacks. The rocks mark the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast . Some geologists maintain that the stack was probably once physically connected to The Needles on the Isle of Wight as part of a line of hills that were eroded en masse during the last Ice Age.
Kimmeridge Bay is part of the Jurassic Coast and its geology is world-renowned. Rocky shale and comentstone reefs make the area a key habitat and the bay is a designated Marine Nature Reserve.
Gad Cliff stands just over a mile to the west of Kimmeridge. It is an impressive and beautiful line of rock faces peering south across the mouth of the English Channel.
3.Seven Sisters Cliffs
Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs situated in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. Usually, people confuse them with the White Cliffs of Dover, a more famous “picture to the sea”. Because of their impressive shapes and breathtaking views from the top of their peaks, in time, The Seven Sisters become one of Britain’s most visited coastlines.If you want the best view, head for Seaford Head looking east across the River Cuckmere.
Even if we all imagine that the “sisters” is a metaphorical way to represent the hills (which by the way, are eight not seven), the legend refers to seven sisters who apparently each had a house between the hills.
This amazing landscape was used even as background in a few movie scenes and advertising clips. At a first impression, it might look like a tough environment, but the country park which wears the same name has many things to offer, from outdoor activities such as walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing to educational programs and photography tours.
4.Lake District National Park
Snowscapes in winter, brassy tones in autumn and crisp blue skies in spring and summer, the Lake District is a strikingly beautiful all year round. With 12 of the country’s largest lakes and over 2,000 mi of rights of way waiting to be explored, there’s little wonder the region continues to inspire with its magnificent views and scenery straight out of a painting. Other attractions are the park’s many fells, including Scafell Pike (3,210 ft), the highest mountain in England, lovely little towns and villages such as Grasmere, as well as boat excursions across Lake Windermere and Ullswater.
Queen Victoria, Matthew Barney, Jules Verne, and Pink Floyd are not names you usually hear in the same sentence, but then the place that they all share is itself quite uncommon. Known as Fingal’s Cave, it bears a history and geology unlike any other cave in the world.
At 72 feet tall and 270 feet deep, what makes this sea cave so visually astoundingly is the hexagonal columns of basalt, shaped in neat six-sided pillars, that make up its interior walls.
The cave was a well-known wonder of the ancient Irish and Scottish Celtic people and was an important site in the legends. The cave was rediscovered when naturalist Sir Joseph Banks visited it in 1772. At the time of Banks’ discovery, Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem in Six Books was a very popular poetic series, supposedly translated from an ancient Gaelic epic by Irish poet James Macpherson. The book was an influence on Goethe, Napoleon, and Sir Banks, who promptly named the Scottish cave, which already had the name Uamh-Binn, calling it “Fingal’s Cave.”
6.Isle of Skye
Skye or the Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly major island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.
The island’s peninsulas radiate from a mountainous center dominated by the Cuillins, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country.
The Quiraing, a strangely shaped landslip on Trotternish Ridge, is a favorite spot among photographers and all types of travelers as one of the most magnificent sights in the world. The light tends to bounce off the crags and crevices, and, as the sun sets, the light show becomes even more captivating.
The coastline of Skype is a series of peninsulas and bays.The Old Man of Hoy is a 137 meters (449 feet) high sea stack of red sandstone on the west coast of the island of Hoy, in the Orkney Islands. On maps drawn between 1600 and 1750 the area appears as a headland with no sea stacks so the Old Man is probably less than 400 years old. It may not get much older, as there are indications that it may soon collapse. The sea stack is a popular rock climbing destination and was first climbed in 1966.
The Isle of Skye is a walkers’ paradise. From family walks on the spectacular coastline to dramatic scrambles in the Cuillin mountains, the most challenging in Britain, the island provides fantastic walking for everyone.
7.The Durdle Door
The Durdle Door is probably the most famous stone arch anywhere in the world.The name Durdle is derived from the Old English ‘thirl’ meaning bore or drill.
It was created when the sea pierced through the Portland limestone around 10,000 years ago. Looking west over the beach, isolated stacks out to sea show where an older coastline once lay. This part of the coast is formed from merged bays and shows how Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole may look in several thousand year’s time.
By following the natural cliff path down to Durdle Door beach or the steps to Man O War beach the tilted Purbeck Beds are clearly visible.
At the base of the chalk cliffs a number of caves can be seen which have been carved out by the sea (wave cut notches) but please do not enter them as cliff falls are common.