After completing my long-distance cycling trip from Falmouth to London, and reading this piece by Day Insure, I started thinking about other places in the UK that I’d like to visit or, indeed, visit again!The UK has so many amazing cities, from London and Edinburgh, to Bath and Oxford, but I dug a little deeper and found some really unusual places for you! For cycling enthusiasts like myself, these would be a great excuse to plan a bucket list worthy UK cycling trip…
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Formed by a volcanic eruption, the Giant’s Causeway is filled with thousands of hexagonal
pillars.The Giant’s Causeway is millions of years old and is classed as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site.Plus, it looks a little like something you would see in a fantasy film, so
definitely worth a snap on Insta!
Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye has so many sites, including Fairy Pools and Mealt Falls, but the one I really want to see is the Old Man of Storr.There are a series of large rock formations surrounded by
360 degree views of the ocean, lochs and sloping grass hills.If you’re interested in
photography, it’s basically a dream… Ridley Scott even used it as a filming location for Prometheus!
Source: Isle of Skye
Northumberland National Park, Northumberland
This huge national park is home to Hadrian’s Wall and some of the UK’s best hiking trails, but if you’re into stargazing then it’s a must-see.
It has an international gold status and at certain times of the year, you can glimpse the Northern Lights, as well as the Milky Way and meteors.
Micheldever Forest, Hampshire
This forest looks like it has been plucked out of a fairytale.
For a few months every year, the forest floor is covered in a sea of bright bluebells.
Make sure you plan your trip for the spring, as they start to disappear in May!
Tyneham is a small ghost village on the Lulworth Ranges that hasn’t been occupied since 1943 – it was evacuated for army use.
The village has been abandoned since and has the feeling of stepping back in time.
Tip: while you’re in Dorset, explore Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, too.
This gorgeous little village looks like it should be on a holiday postcard from Italy, but it’s actually a lot closer to home.
Built in 1925, this Welsh village is filled with Italian style architecture and brightly coloured buildings, so you don’t need to go overseas for a lovely summer break.
Source: Visit Wales
Source: Unusual Places
Did you know that the UK has a desert? No, neither did I.
Ok, so it was only because there was such low rainfall as to qualify as the only desert in the UK. A spokesperson for the Met Office refuted this in 2015 but it’s still a cool little story!
Dungeness is home to abandoned ships and buildings, old railway tracks and a shingle beach.
It looks like a scene from an old western movie – you just need some cowboy boots and a hat.