3 Top Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK

You don’t have to go very far to see something truly stunning in the United Kingdom. With so many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, you may wonder which you should visit first. Here, we take a look at three of the most beautiful places to visit.

The Wye Valley

Having taken the title of the UK’s favourite river in 2010, the Wye runs through the heart of the Wye Valley and creates some of the most sensational sights in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As the longest natural river in England and Wales, the Wye connects the two countries before flowing into the Severn. Not only is the Wye Valley home to beautiful hill scapes, but you can also canoe down the river and appreciate the full splendour of this part of the UK. Spend an afternoon wandering the Tintern Abbey ruins, or snap some pictures of the sun setting after climbing the Kymin – the ancient hill where you can cast your gaze over Monmouth.

The New Forest

One of three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Hampshire, the New Forest is one of the most gorgeous locations in the south. Covering over two hundred square miles of rolling national parkland, you can enjoy wild roaming animals of all shapes, sizes and species, from the depths of the forest to the charming coastline. There are so many New Forest activities to enjoy, such as hiking and cycling. This area has no mountains, and you can still appreciate all kinds of botanical wonders as you discover this ancient landscape.

The North Pennines

Regarded as one of the most unspoiled and beautiful areas of the entirety of the UK, the North Pennines is home to moors of glorious heather and rolling dales, as well as cascading waterfalls and woodlands. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompasses some of the north of England’s most traditional areas, with villages bursting with stone-built houses such as Blanchland, and rugged land that has remained unchanged for many hundreds of years. You will be able to spot many soaring birds and enjoy exploring this UNESCO Global Geopark’s unique geology, stopping off at the Bowlees Visitor Centre to learn more about this lovely part of the UK. It’s easy to see why so many artists and writers have been enchanted by the North Pennines.

If you want to explore the true beauty that the United Kingdom has to offer, then you should start with one of these gorgeous locations. From the north to the south, there is so much to discover right on your doorstep – so make sure to dust off your hiking boots and find some incredible sights.

Izzy Casey

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