Seven wonders of the UK and one of them not so far from Liverpool
Looking to embark on some exciting and scenic adventures this summer? Why not take a tour of the Seven Natural Wonders of the UK!
Revealed in May, the wonders were selected by experts from the Royal Geographical Society for their beauty, uniqueness and geological significance.
From Scotland to southern England, every wonder offers the exciting opportunity to experience the best views the country has to offer.
Hike through Dovedale Stepping Stones or take a dive at Durdle’s Door on the Jurassic Coast.
Here’s everything you need to know to visit the UK’s Seven Natural Wonders.
Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfalls, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
Standing 240 feet tall, Pistyll Rhaeadr is one of Britain’s tallest waterfalls, so it’s no surprise that she made it onto the list.
It’s less than two hours from Liverpool and would make a perfect day trip.
It can be found in the Berwyn Mountains and falls in three stages into the Rhaeadr River below.
Visiting the waterfall is free, but there is paid parking and a donation box for those who wish to help maintain the site.
The captivating waterfall makes for a great Instagram backdrop!
Wastewater, Lake District
Part of the National Trust, Wasdale is a secluded farming community surrounded by “spectacular mountains and spectacular wilderness”, “pawfect” for exploration.
Wastwater Lake and its resident wildlife have been deemed so important that they have been designated as a Special Area of Conservation.
In Wasdale, you can climb a waterfall, walk through the Low Wood, and explore the shores of the water.
The lake is three miles long, half a mile wide and 260 feet deep, and the deepest of all lakes, surrounded by mountains – namely Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain of England.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Flanked by the rugged North Atlantic Ocean and spectacular cliffside scenery, Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Giant’s Causeway is an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. Visitors can walk to the stones for free, but on-site parking is reserved for visitors who purchase tickets for the tours.
It is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, receiving over 998,000 visitors in 2019.
According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant – hence its name.
Dovedale, Peak District
The Dovedale Steps are an iconic part of the Peak District and were first laid across the River Dove around 1890.
In 1934 the stones were acquired by the National Trust and in 2006 Dovedale was declared a national nature reserve to protect its future.
There is a very popular 1.5 mile boardwalk suitable for families – including furry members – year round. You can also continue this walk to Milldale.
Other Dovedale attractions include rock pillars such as Ilam Rock, Viator Bridge, and Limestone includes Lovers’s Leap and Reynard Cave.
The Needles, Isle of Wight
The Needles is the flagship attraction of the Isle of Wight.
Wonder is a row of three chalk piles that rise about 30m from the sea off the western end of the island.
The site includes the world famous chairlift to see the Aiguilles rocks, as well as shops, a 4D cinema and much more. Scenic boat tours depart from Alum Bay and offer up-close views of the Needles.
Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is best known for Durdle Door, one of the region’s most photographed landmarks. The coast stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset – a distance of around 96 miles
The popular beauty spot is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, where canine companions are welcome on a number of beaches.
Rocks and fossils found along the Dorset stretch of the Jurassic Coast date from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods – between 65 and 200 million years ago. For this reason, it is a hotbed for fossil hunting, with hundreds of specimens found.
Loch Coruisk and the Cuillins, Isle of Skye
Loch Coruisk is an inland freshwater lake located at the foot of Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye. The Cuillins are the island’s main mountain range, with sheer cliffs and rocky climbs.
Loch Coruisk is famous for being home to a kelpie or water horse, a shape-changing creature that can take on human form.
Today, the vast majority of the Cuillin area is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a part designated as an SPA (Special Protection Area) for various species of birds including the Golden Eagle.