The southernmost land mass of the British Isles are the Isles of Scilly, far out into the Atlantic Ocean off the south-western tip of Cornwall. Covered in heathland, and fringed with beautiful sandy beaches, the islands are the remnants of a large body of molten rock forming millions of years ago.
A beautiful avenue of beech trees, planted by the local landowning family in the eighteenth century, has provided the legacy known as the Dark Hedges of County Antrim - a somewhat eerie landscape to be found near Ballymoney in Northern Ireland.
The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland, their summits crowned by granite tors. The mountains themselves are criss-crossed by a network of paths and tracks, which have led it to be voted the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland.
Chesil Beach is an unusual coastal feature in Dorset creating an intriguing mix of beach and inland lagoon. The 18-mile long shingle barrier beach stretches from West Bay to the Isle of Portland and forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
The view from Richmond Hill in west London is the only view in England to be protected by an Act of Parliament. Since the late 17th century, artists have been attracted by the panoramic prospect of the meandering River Thames, verdant woods and meadows offered by this elevated position.
Far north in Scotland, an enchanting beach links St Ninian's Isle to the mainland, the largest island in the Shetlands. A peaceful place with a forgotten but ancient history, and buried treasure to boot!
Robin Hood's Bay is the home of a picturesque old fishing village on the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors. It ihas a traditional sandy beach, as well as rock pools to explore and ancient fossils to discover. Wandering through its narrow, twisting cobbled streets and alleyways, you can easily imagine the sailors and fishermen, smugglers and press gangs that walked these streets centuries ago.
A beautiful rock formation on the Isle of Skye on Scotland's west coast, the Old Man of Storr is said to be the graveyard of a giant. This intriguing outcrop, set in a stunning landscape, has featured in a number of paintings, and as a backdrop in many films.
The Norfolk & Suffolk Broads are an area of slow-moving rivers, fens, marshes and waterlogged woodland in the eastern parts of the counties. More than 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways provide famous boating holiday destination, studded with charming towns and villages.
The Valley of Rocks is a dry valley that runs just inland parallel to the coast in north Devon, a short walk to the west of the tourist resort of Lynton. It is a popular destination, noted for its herd of feral goats, and for its distinctive landscape and geology.
One of the most spectacular Scottish vistas is that of Dunnottar Castle at Stonehaven, just south of Aberdeen on Scotland's east coast. It is the epitome of a romantic ruin, high on a spur of rock jutting out into the North Sea.
The Lincolnshire Wolds are a delightful area of tranquil countryside of rolling hills and hidden valleys, gentle streams and nestling villages. The Wolds is the highest land in eastern England between Kent and Yorkshire.
Mullion Cove is a picturesque harbour with a small fishing fleet on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula in south Cornwall within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Cove is accessible by road from Mullion village, 1 mile away, and also lies on the popular South West coast path.
Overlooked by the imposing craggy hill of Carn Llidi, Whitesands Bay is a wide expanse of fine white sand in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, curving north towards the remote rocky headland of St David's Head.
Dungeness is a headland on the coast of Kent, formed largely of a shingle beach. A combination of factors - the endless shingle, strange plants, boat skeletons, lighthouses, nuclear power station, nature reserve, miniature railway and miniature houses, plus the brooding near presence of the MOD combine to make this an eerie place.
Extending for just over 5 miles from Llanberis to Pen-y-Pass, the Llanberis Pass in Snowdonia has been the star of many a car advert due to the impressive backcloth of a drive along this dramatic open road.
Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset is a spectacular curved bay created where the waves from the sea have cut through weaknesses in the coastal limestone and then eroded the softer clays beyond. It is a World Heritage Site and tourist location with approximately 500,000 visitors every year.
Between Conwy Mountain on the north Wales coast and Tal y Fan is a hidden mountain pass. Taking its name from a nearby hamlet, Sychnant Pass may take a bit of finding, but then provides a fabulous scenic surprise.
The Cotswolds is a particularly scenic and 'typically English' area in a central southern part of the country between Oxford and Gloucester around the Cotswold Hills. It is renowned for its rolling hills and pretty villages made of mellow local stone, winding country roads and picturesque farmland.
Light pollution has meant that the beauty of the night sky has been lost in many built up areas of Britain. But in 12 Dark Sky Places - Parks and Reserves - it's possible to experience truly dark skies - and see far-off stars and galaxies, just as our ancestors did.
Clovelly is a very picturesque seaside village in North Devon, which belongs to a private individual. Due to its steep cobbled main street, which descends down to a small harbour, donkeys were traditionally used to transport goods from top to bottom. Clovelly's location, traditional architecture, and views over the Bristol Channel attract numerous visitors.
Wastwater is perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the lakes in the Lake District. It is England's deepest lake and is surrounded by mountains, Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain.
A walk through Chee Dale is one of the best hikes in the southern part of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park, not least because of the fun of navigating some large stepping stones along the side of a river en route.
The Gower Peninsula in south west Wales is a particularly scenic coastal area which projects towards the Bristol Channel. It is close to Swansea in the most westerly part of the former historic county of Glamorgan.
The ultimate beach house sits perched on a 70-foot high rocky outcropping on the beach at Newquay, Cornwall. Cut off by water when the tide is in, the house is joined to the mainland by a tiny private suspension bridge.
Skomer Island, just off the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales, is known both as a wonderful refuge for marine birds and for its archaeological interest, with stone circles, standing stones and the remains of prehistoric houses.
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the English Lake District, being about 9 miles long and 0.75 miles wide. It is known as the 'Dark Lake' with links to Arthurian legend, and has been the inspiration of poets and artists, and a much-loved visitor destination.
This year sees the 70th anniversary of the designation of the Peak District as the UK's first National Park. Officially established on 17 April 1951, it was the first of what are now Britain’s 15 national parks.
Situated in the South Downs National Park, where the South Downs meet the English Channel, the Seven Sisters are a very pleasing rolling chalk cliff formation where the seven hillcrests have earned their affectionate nickname.
Samphire Hoe is an unusual man-made natural environment on the Kent coast, created with 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk excavated during the construction of the Channel Tunnel in the 1980's. It lies at the foot of a section of the White Cliffs of Dover near Folkestone, and it has developed a unique and intriguing ecology .
The village of Devil's Bridge, 10 miles inland from Aberystwyth in Wales, is named after a distinctive structure which spans the River Mynach here. Three bridges, stacked one above the other, straddle the ravine, and there are no other bridges built like this in the world.
The most north-westerly point in mainland Britain, Cape Wrath in Sutherland, Scotland, is one of the most remote places in the country. Visitors who reach this point will be rewarded with wild and beautiful scenery... and (thankfully) a cafe.
Gold Hill is a steep cobbled street in the town of Shaftesbury, Dorset, lined by ancient cottages of different shapes and sizes including thatched and tiled. The view has been described as 'one of the most romantic sights in Britain' and became famous in 1973, when bakers Hovis used the location for its 'Boy on Bike' TV advertisement.
The Long Mynd is a heath and moorland upland plateau that provides dramatic views in the Shropshire Hills, near the town of Church Stretton. It is approximately 7 miles long by 3 miles wide, and is broadly defined by steep valleys on its eastern side, and a long slope to the western side that rises in a steep escarpment.
Box Hill is a high point on the North Downs in Surrey near Dorking, about 19 miiles south-west of London. It has been a famed beauty spot for centuries and was used as a setting for an important scene in Jane Austen's novel "Emma", when almost all the major characters enjoy a rather fractious picnic there.
Aysgarth Falls are a well-known scenic attraction in Lower Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. They are a triple flight of waterfalls carved out by the River Ure. This spot has been admired for its beauty for centuries. The broad limestone steps across which the water cascades are particularly pleasing to the eye.
Pen y Fan is the highest peak in south Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 886 metres (2,907 ft) above sea-level, it is also the highest peak in southern Britain (ie south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia).
Tintagel Castle is a now-ruined medieval-era creation located on the small peninsula of Tintagel Island, in north Cornwall. Its location is famed as the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, and the 13th-century castle that stood here was built several centuries after his supposed reign, in honour of the mythic British hero king.
Autumn is arguably the perfect time to visit the world famous Westonbirt National Arboretum in Gloucestershire. The diversity and vibrancy of leaf colours to be found here are claimed to be unsurpassed in Britain, with fruits, hips and berries in profusion.
The Wrekin is a hill within the northern panhandle of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It rises above the Shropshire Plain to a height of 407 metres, and is located five miles west of Telford new town, it is a prominent landmark that signals the entrance to Shropshire for travellers.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a renowned feat of Victorian engineering and the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland. It takes the West Highland Railway over the River Finnan 100ft below, on its journey between Fort William and Mallaig – and is one of the most picturesque train rides in the world.
The Helford River is one of the most unspoilt regions in Cornwall. It is a flooded river valley, fed by streams into its seven creeks. These creeks include Frenchman's Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier in her novel of the same name.
The Trough of Bowland is a beautiful valley in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is very sparsely inhabited (though there is a cafe!) and popular with walkers and ambitious cyclists.
Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, just off the Northumberland coast, is a tidal island - with a causeway that is cut off at high tide. This beauty spot boasts an ancient priory, a castle, various pubs and cafes, and fantastic views.