My Recommended Nature Attractions in the UK

Craving nature? Visit these places recommended by our writer to satisfy your wants.

Rosie McKenna
23rd April 2024
Image credit: Rosie McKenna
Whether you’re a regular nature-goer, diving into a new hobby or simply want to go on a scenic walk, here are some top favourites that you can explore this season! 

When preparing to go on a walk or hike, remember to bring the essentials. You can find a checklist here - https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/day-hiking-checklist.html  

  1. Ilkey Moor 

A personal favourite, life on Ilkley Moor dates to the Early Bronze Age, approximately 1800BC. Rising in popularity in the Victorian era, Charles Darwin visited the town during in 1859. The Moors are famous for their Cow and Calf rocks (also known as Hangingstone Rocks) with wondrous stories from local legends on their history. Famous for the peaceful atmosphere, Ilkley Moor is perfect for walking and sightseeing (with a variation of birds as well as views!). The featured image is a picture of me in the woodlands. You can plan your route here: https://www.ilkleymoor.org/heritage-walks/

2. Crook Hall Gardens 

Originally built in the 13th century, this garden is a Grade 1 listed medieval hall, with views looking over Durham city and cathedral. With a vast history, this National Trust site also has a maze, a secret garden and a second-hand bookshop so you can relax in nature with a book! You can find visitor information here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/north-east/crook-hall-gardens

3. Betws-Y-Coed Bridges (and Fairy Glen!)

If you’re after a leisurely walk rather than climbing Snowdonia (which I still recommend!) then Betws-Y-Coed Bridges is perfect for you! A magical spot within this walk is Fairy Glen; this is a prime spot for the history of folklore. Remember to bring your walking boots as this part of the route can be a little challenging. This is a must-see spot to break from the hustle and bustle of city life, so bring a picnic and indulge in the best nature has to offer. Navigate your route here: https://snowdonia.gov.wales/walk/betws-y-coed-bridges/

4. The Alnwick Garden

Described as a ‘garden for everyone’, this stunning estate was made in 2001. The garden is a whole day experience with Bloom, Cherry Blossom, Poison Garden (watch out!), Rose Garden and the Treehouse (although technically not a garden, it is the largest wooden treehouse in the world so worth visiting!). The site is also close enough to have a day trip with your university friends! You can find more information and plan your day here: https://www.alnwickgarden.com

5. Catbells 

A moderate walk spanning approximately 3.5 miles, Catbells is a stunning fell in the Lake District. Due to its popularity, you will usual share the views with other hikers but this should not put you off, for the views at the top provide a panoramic view of the Lake District! There are different walking routes you can take, so plan accordingly here: https://www.keswick.org/what-to-do/walking-routes/catbellswalkingroute

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