Here are eight places across the country which offer visitors large outdoor spaces to explore with spectacular views.
If getting off the beaten track to discover stunning views and the English countryside sounds like the perfect group visit, VisitEngland’s round-up reveals these beautiful spots:
1. Monsal Head, Derbyshire
Found along the Monsal Trail (pictured above) cycle path, a once Victorian railway running between Manchester and London, Monsal Head is a picturesque viewpoint from which to enjoy Derbyshire’s charming green dales. Visitors can opt for a cycle ride with a view of the sunset here, or walk down to the River Wye below to enjoy the trail’s historic viaducts.
2. One Tree Hill, South London
Allegedly a spot favoured by Queen Elizabeth I, One Tree Hill in south London’s Honor Oak area is a walk that takes visitors 90 metres above the city, revealing a memorable view of the skyline which includes landmarks such as The View from The Shard and the Gherkin. One Tree Hill is part of a seven-hectare park and nature reserve and is also a spot for wildlife lovers, as it is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.
3. Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill, Peak District
Groups who enjoy of exploring some of England’s most remote and striking landscapes can add Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill, in the White Peak area of Peak District National Park, to their list. After a steep hike up the uniquely shaped limestone reef knolls, walkers are greeted with views over the countryside and farmland below.
Starting in the remote village of Earl Sterndale, this walk could be complemented with a trip to the nearby spa town of Buxton, the charming village of Bakewell or a visit to the historic Chatsworth House Estate.
4. Beacon Hill, Norfolk
Norfolk has 90 miles of coastline to see, as well as the Broads National Park, making it a popular place for groups. One of the best views in this part of the country is found at Beacon Hill in Cromer Ridge. Sitting 103 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in the region and offers a lesser-known way to enjoy the Norfolk coastline.
5. Thorpe Cloud, Staffordshire
On the Staffordshire side of the Peak District lies different valleys and a winding river. Thorpe Cloud, a giant limestone hill which makes up part of the area, offers panoramic views of the deep green valleys, as well as the Dovedale stepping stones below. The National Trust property of Ilam Park, which is surrounded by woodland along the banks of the River Manifold, is a short drive away.
6. West Burton Falls, Yorkshire Dales
A short walk from the West Burton’s village green brings you to this shady spot with its small waterfall and the remains of the town mill; it is known as Cauldron Falls because of its plunge pool. Look out for birds such as the bobbing dipper with its white breast and for different varieties of wagtails. Footpaths from here take you right up onto the towering fellside.
7. Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester
Located under an hour’s drive from Manchester city centre, Saddleworth Moor offers highlights such as reservoir walks and hikes up steep hills onto the vast moorland above - look out for the area’s unique stone outcrop, the Trinnacle. The path to the top of the moors offers some of the most stunning views of the Peak District.
8. Clent Hills, Worcestershire
Lying just 10 miles from the city of Birmingham, the National Trust’s Clent Hills are set in the heart of the Midlands. There are miles of footpaths and trails to discover, with views stretching over the Cotswolds, the Shropshire Hills and even as far as the Welsh borders. Groups can take the short walk to Walton Hill, rising 316 metres above sea level, this is the highest point of the Clent Hills and gives a 360-degree vista of the surroundings.
Need more inspiration?
VisitEngland, the official tourist board of the country, has lots of useful information on its website when it comes to planning trips to certain areas. You can find out more information at www.visitengland.com.