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AIRA FORCE

Fairly spectacular waterfall with a 65 foot drop set amongst what was once fairly cultivated parkland. A pleasant (though relatively steep) walk to the top of the falls from a car park (free to NT members). There's a network of trails nearby and some lovely views.

Get there via Kirkstone Pass on the A592 from either Windermere or Ambleside - Aira Force is a bit past Glenridding. Or from the A66 between Penrith and Keswick, take the A5091 through Dockray.

Nr Watermillock
Ullswater
Cumbria
CA11 0JS
N/A
Wear stout shoes or boots. Nearby - spectacular countryside.
National Trust
BEACHY HEAD

Beachy Head is a famous chalk headland and landmark, immediately to the west of the town of Eastbourne. There are fine views and walks along the cliffs, approx 500 feet above sea level. There is parking nearby and at Birling Gap further along the coast. Beachy Head has an interesting history and was used as a listening and lookout post during WW2. The cliffs are, however, extremely dangerous and the area has a high death-rate, through a combination of foolish accident and, unfortunately, suicide. Beachy Head lighthouse began operating in 1902.

The post code below is for the nearby pub.

Nr Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN20 7YA
N/A
Official Beachy Head website
Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park
Local Authority
BRECON BEACONS (The)

The Brecon Beacons in south-mid Wales is predominantly a mountainous area, famed for its use by Britain's elite forces for training, as well as for its peaks, waterfalls, forests and heritage sites. This is serious walking and climbing country.

Plas y Ffynnon
Cambrian Way
Brecon
Powys
LD3 7HP
N/A
Britain's National Parks
National Park
BRIMHAM ROCKS

Weird and wonderful rock formations formed by erosion millions of years ago. Very popular with walkers, climbers and families, so can get crowded. Good place for a picnic and there are also facilities on site. Walk or cycle there, or pay and NT parking nearby.

Nr Summerbridge
North Yorkshire
HG3 4DW
Prehistory
Not far from Harrogate or Ripon
National Trust
BROADS (The)

The Broads covers an area of 117 square miles of East Anglia, where there is a network of navigable waterways and rivers, which meander through low countryside and past picturesque villages. It is a place for leisure boating and wildlife watching, particularly birds and invertebrates. The 'broads' themselves are formed from old flooded peat workings.

Broads Authority
Yare House
62-64 Thorpe Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 1RY
N/A
Britain's National Parks
Broads Authority website
National Park
BROWNSEA ISLAND

Brownsea Island (aka 'Branksea') is the largest island in Poole Harbour (about 1 mile x 1/2 mile) and is primarily a wildlife area of woodland, heath and wetland, home to red squirrels and a variety birds. There are trails and events, including open air theatre and an annual round the island swim. Brownsea was chosen by Baden-Powell to try out his scouting ideas and is also said to have inspired Enid Blyton. Brownsea Castle, originally 16th century, is currently (August 2016) leased to the John Lewis Partnership as a staff hotel and not open to the public. Access to the island is by ferry from Poole.

Poole Harbour
Poole
Dorset
BH13 7EE
N/A
National Trust
CAIRNGORMS (The)

Named for the mountain Cairn Gorm, the Cairngorm National Park in North East Scotland is Britain’s largest - twice as big as the Lake District - and most remote. Though famed for its mountains, it is actually a diverse area of area of 1748 square miles which includes castles, distilleries and a whole lot more - as well as being home to some of Britain's rarest animals. And it is one of the few places in the UK that offers skiing on real snow.

Cairngorms National Park Authority
14 The Square
Grantown-on-Spey
Moray
PH26 3HG
N/A
Britain's National Parks
National Park
DARTMOOR

Dartmoor is an upland area of granite heather-covered moorland, famous for its tors (classic examples of exposed intrusive vulcanicity), ponies and the enormous number of prehistoric remains scattered about its sometimes mysterious landscape. It is prime walking and camping country. Parts of it are used by the armed forces for training.

Dartmoor National Park Authority
Parke
Bovey Tracey
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ13 9JQ
N/A
Britain's National Parks
National Park
EXMOOR

Exmoor is a mixed area of moorland, farmland and coast in north Somerset and Devon, with picturesque villages, tiny hamlets, prehistoric remains and bubbling streams. It can be toured by road as well as providing wonderful hiking country.

Exmoor National Park Authority
Exmoor House
Dulverton
Somerset
TA22 9HL
N/A
Britain's National Parks
National Park
FLATFORD

Flatford Mill and the area around it inspired the artist John Constable.  The National Trust has a small exhibition nearby and there are waymarked walks which take in the places Constable knew, and painted.  Guided tours are also available.  Or you can hire a boat on the river Stour.

There is no public access to Flatford Mill or Willy Lott's House (pictured).

East Bergholt
Suffolk
CO7 6UL
Georgian
A bit about Constable Country
Colchester
National Trust