Saturday, 5 August 2017

50 Favourite UK Views

I have recently celebrated my 50th birthday (eek!) so I thought I'd celebrate with my personal 50 favourite views in the UK - we're lucky enough to have our (t)rusty motorhome Delores (15 years old this year!) and have made the most of her touring all over mainland UK.

This blog is also prompted by that fact that I've spoken with a few people over the past couple of months who have said things along the lines of "we've explored lots of places in the world but have never explored Britain/ never been to Scotland/ not really done the staycation thing" so, if that's you, here's what you're missing out on.

1. Windermere - because I just love the colours in this picture.



2. Durness - The first of many Scottish photos - just look at the stunning beaches


3. Bamburgh Castle - we love a good castle and they don't come much better than this.


4. Craigievar Castle - although this one is pretty darned gorgeous too!


5. Knightshayes - t'other end of the country and utterly stunning!


6. Lands End - well, while we're down there...


7. Monsal Head (Derbyshire) - we spend a lot of time on the coast but not so much inland. Need to fix that.


8. Hampden Stadium Glasgow - an odd one I know but I was in the closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and it was an incredible experience - this is the view from the pitch with all the athletes.


9.  Arundel Castle - yes I know it's another castle, but it's very pretty!


10. Blackpool Illuminations - because I LOVE them!

 

11. Sun setting behind Arran - glass of wine just out of shot...


12. Brecon Beacons - yes it may rain here, but it wouldn't be gloriously green if it didn't!


13. The view from Ingleborough - when we first moved here I decided I wanted to hike "that big flat topped mountain over there".  😀



14. Royal Pavilion, Brighton - because it is mad and magnificent all at the same time


15. Kielder Water - great cycling, great art, great views


16. Skara Brae - Orkney is a spectacular island and these remains are better preserved than I am!


17. Gigha - a different Scottish Island but more stunning beaches - and we went swimming!



18. Farne Islands - love the colours of the sea


19. Blea Tarn on a beautiful evening



20. Whitley Bay - turns out I was pronouncing it all wrong!


21. Cadair Idris - Snowdon is awesome, Cadair is awesome and quieter...


22. Fleet Pond, Hampshire - we used to live near here


23. Mull of Galloway Lighthouse - this whole area is utterly stunning


24. Manchester Town Hall - such a beautiful building


25. The statue in St Pancras - always loved this statue, and the station roof (odd I know!)


26. Bittern at Leighton Moss - took us years to spot it!


27. Rainbows - we wouldn't have them without rain!


28. Abbeystead Reservoir - how pretty is this?


29. Malham Cove - keeps my inner geologist very happy.


30. The Eden Project - beautiful outside and inside


31. Grasmere  - is there anything more perfect than Cumbria on a crisp autumn morning?




32. Ben Nevis - was cloudy when we went up & clear the day after. Sod's Law.


33. New England Bay - one of my favourite places in the world (apart from Cumbria!)



34. Minack Theatre - amazing place and fascinating history


35. Crinkle Crags & Bow Fell - one of the prettiest views there is


36. Seaton Lighthouse - did you know there's a gin distillery nearby too?  Hic.


37. Grey Mare's Tail waterfall - especially beautiful when the heather is out.



38. Whitby  - Steve took this & I love the odd perspective the miniature old boat gives.


39. Rockcliffe and the spectacular shell beach


40. Ice-bow on Kirkstone Pass - such a lucky spot!


41. Sycamore Gap - still remember it from Robin Hood.


42. Snowdon - well, a bit of it anyway, we were stood on the rest!




43. Corbridge Roman Town - my favourite kind of town centre - ancient and empty.


44. Falkirk Wheel - beautiful and practical, what more could you ask?


45. Rochester Castle - I was visiting a friend nearby and this was a lovely surprise


46. River Cam  - an oasis of calm just moments from the busy streets

 

47. King John's Castle Odiham - a properly hidden little gem


48. Sprinkling Tarn - love snowy winter hikes!


49. Crinan Canal - so pretty & so interesting.


50. Patterdale - this was from the start of an amazing walk. Stunning views, beautiful memories.