One of the most beautiful features of the UK is the constantly changing landscape due to the fact that it is such a small island. Driving out of London in any direction gives you the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.
In just a few hours you can be in the West of the country where you will find the undulating, rugged land of the Cotswolds and the rolling hills of Devon. In Cornwall you can see the magical, dramatic homeland of legend of King Arthur’s Castle and beyond Land’s End you can sail to The Scilly Isles to spend some quiet time watching the seals. If you require more action, then the Snowdonia mountain range in Wales is also very beautiful being popular with hikers, campers and climbers. The Welsh even have their own language which is still taught, as compulsory, in schools. IIn the South, less than a few hours from London, you can find The World Heritage Jurassic coastline of Dorset - the most geologically diverse coastline in the world where the exposed cliff sections date back 185 million years. This was the homeland of Thomas Hardy, the author of the infamous Far from the Madding Crowd.
In less than half a days travel, you can be in the North of England where you will find the Peak and Lake Districts. The Lake District was home to Wordsworth, the famous poet, and the National Park is famous for its stunning scenery, lakes, wildlife and cultural heritage; it has a very high concentration of outdoor activities.
Further North, beyond Gretna Green (the site where young lovers historically eloped), Hadrian’s Wall still stands dividing England from Scotland. The landscape can be quite dramatic, perhaps the most beautiful in the UK. Scotland fostered some of the most interesting inventive figures of our time. Alexander Graham Bell, from the beautiful city of Edinburgh with its dramatic castle, invented the telephone whilst John Logie Baird invented the TV. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, James Watt the steam engine whilst Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, penned Auld Lang Syne which is sung worldwide.
Whether you’re interested in formal gardens such as Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace, in London, or more unusual gardens such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan or The Eden Project, in Cornwall, there is something to suit everyone’s taste. From the wildlife of marshes and moorlands to the ordered rows of thatched cottages in pretty little hamlets, the diversity of nature is never far away. Wherever you spend your time, and whatever you choose to see, it is very unlikely that you will ever forget the varied beauty of the British countryside.