Britain’s Hidden Gems

 

durdle-door-807294_1920This summer plenty of people will be making their way over to mainland Europe in their motorhomes to see the sights and sample the delights on offer there.

However, at Comfort we realised that you don’t need to travel over the channel to see amazing things; there are all sorts of amazing yet little known beauty spots throughout the UK which are well worth visiting.

We have compiled a few of our favourites below to get you started off.

 

Brat’s Hill Stone Circles, Burnmoor

Stonehenge is Britain’s best known stone circle, but it is only one of many dotted across the UK.

The first humans settled in the Lake District over 13,000 years ago. Castlerigg is the most famous stone circle in the region, but there are hundreds more of these bronze-age, druidical structures, used for astronomy and worship.

Above the valley at Eskdale, found on Burnmoor, is a cluster of nearly half a dozen stone circles all to be found within minutes of each other. This is one of the most sacred yet least visited sites in the Lake District, and is located amongst a sea of other sacred stones and burial cairns.

The walk is stunning, with great views and a beautiful selection of wild flowers, and will lead you on to the Burnmoor Tarn and its infamous haunted lodge.

 

Clevedon Pier, Somerset

When people think of a pier, it’s normally either Blackpool or Brighton.

However, those in the know will head south west to Somerset to see the marvellous Clevedon Pier.

This is the last remaining Grade I listed pier in the UK which is still intact, once described by the poet John Betjeman as “the most beautiful pier in England”. Originally opened in 1869 to receive paddle steamers from Devon and Wales, you can still take boat trips from there today on the Waverly paddle ship or MV Balmoral.

The pier is 312m long and rises 15m above sea level as the Severn Estuary has some of the highest tidal ranges in the world. In 1970 a section of the pier collapsed during stress testing, and despite the council applying for its demolition, it was ruled it ought to be repaired and retained. After much campaigning the pier reopened in 1989 following a full and thorough restoration.

 

Holme Fell, Hodge Close, Coniston

The views on offer here are breath taking. At only 317m, this can be considered a family friendly fell, but the expansive views over Coniston Water make it seem like you are far higher up.

Unlike other better known spots, you are unlikely to bump into anybody else at the summit. Half way up the fell is a beautiful lake which is perfect for a pre-summit swim.

From the lake, we recommend picking out a path between boulders but keeping towards the right. On your descent, there is a lagoon quarry called Hodge Close which is definitely worth an explore. The view from the quarry edge down to the water below is sublime, and some say the reflection of the caves in the water resembles a human skull.

If you are feeling brave, you can safely descend to the water and explore all the caverns and Parrock Quarry.

 

Durdle Door, Dorset

The name ‘Durdle’ is a derived from the Old English word ‘thril’, meaning to drill or pierce, and was given to the arch over a thousand years ago.

Also known as Durdle Dor, this huge limestone arch can be found on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset alongside a sprawling shingle beach.

Whilst perhaps better known than the other spots, it is no less magnificent. Once you see it for yourself, you will realise it is a true marvel of nature. The sea has excellent water quality and this beach is highly recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.

There is a car park close by from which you can follow a short path down onto the beach.

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Before you set off to see some of these more rural locations, we also recommend you:

  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel in the tank
  • Take a paper map because GPS signal is often weak in remote areas
  • When planning your route, take your motorhomes size into account as it may struggle on the narrower roads

Otherwise, go forth, have fun and see whatever great things England has to offer!