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The 15 best spots off the beaten track for a British weekend staycation


Caption: Views up the Watkins Path leading to the summit of Snowdon with lots of waterfalls and small pools (Picture: Getty Images)

Whether saving money on flights abroad or simply wishing to explore more of our home countries, there are plenty of reasons to take a break in Britain.

From the capitals of London, Cardiff and Edinburgh to our many bustling towns and cities, there is plenty to see if you’re after a city break.

But what if you want to try somewhere a bit more remote?

Research from Jeep found a massive 80% of UK adults want to see more of England, Scotland and Wales – and that 24% have never visited Scotland, while 17% have never visited Wales.

Jeep paired with Ordnance Survey to reveal some of the most stunning, but lesser-known, spots across Britain. Even though the bank holiday Easter weekend may have been and gone, these destinations are perfect for a weekend getaway.

You could try and tick off more than one of these stunning sights in one trip (Picture: Metro Graphics)


Dungeness, Kent

A tiny fishing town with a surreal landscape including abandoned boats, fishing huts and even a disused railway.

The vast shingle beach stretches for miles and is classed as Britain’s only desert.

It’s described as a ‘history-filled natural paradise’ and features attractions like Prospect Cottage, former home of artist Derek Jarman, fantastic fish and chips, and a 19th-century lighthouse.

Wistman’s Wood, Devon

Woodland featuring old moss-covered trees, granite boulders and a surreal ambience.

It’s a stunning dog-friendly woodland in the Dart river valley and part of Dartmoor national park.

Gaping Gill Cave, North Yorkshire

Visitors can be winched down to explore inside Gaping Gill twice a year (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

 A hidden cave in the Yorkshire Dales, Gaping Gill is one of the longest and most complex underground chambers in Britain.

The cave network can be explored by cavers and non-cavers alike during a week-long period in May and August. Local potholers set up a winch to send people down into the beautiful chamber.

Old Winchester Hill, South Downs

A nature reserve and iron age hillfort in the South Downs National Park with its own herd of Herdwick sheep, a breed usually only found in the Lake District.

On clear days, from the top of the hill you can enjoy stunning views across Hampshire countryside as far as Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

Blakeney Point, Norfolk

A magical place home to England’s largest grey seal colony with over 4,000 pups born each winter.

It’s also a prime spot for bird watchers, with the summer-breeding tern colony’s stunning aerial displays a sight to behold.


Watkins Path Pools, Snowdonia

A waterfall and plunge pool on Yr Wyddfa’s (Snowdon’s) Watkins Path. Great for wild swimming.

This is one of the six main routes to Snowdon’s summit – but it’s also one of the most challenging, so novice hikers may want to swerve this one.

Chartists Cave, Powys

It’s a challenging walk here from the village of Llangynidr which takes in the best of the Welsh countryside.

Chartists Cave has deep historical significance to Welsh democracy, as it’s where Chartist rebels stored weapons ahead of their march on Newport in 1839.

Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea

The bay has stunning views (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A pristine bay framed by limestone cliffs. The beach boasts beautiful sand dunes and a salt marsh to wander and explore at low tide.

Porthgain Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire

Accessible on foot or by sea, the Blue Lagoon has a great walk across the cliffs nearby that offer breathtaking views.

Montgomery Castle, Powys

Located in the small town of Montgomery, in Powys, Montgomery Castle is one of the best places to visit if you want to discover beautiful views over the Welsh countryside.


Tallest tree in the UK, Douglas Fir

A Douglas Fir in Reelig Glen, near Inverness, is now Britain’s tallest tree at 217.10ft (66.4m).

Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye

Its volcanic sands are black (Picture: Getty Images)

Talisker Bay has a quiet secluded beach best visited at low tide. To reach it, there’s a pleasant 20-minute walk through green fields.

When the tide is out beyond the rocks, you’ll marvel at its black volcanic sands.

Eilean na Moine, Loch Eilt

For fans of Harry Potter, the island of Eilean na Moine is a must-visit. It provided the location for Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore’s grave and can also be seen as the backdrop to gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid’s hut.

It’s located on Loch Eilt, a stunning freshwater loch surrounded by mountains.

Schiehallion, Perth and Kinross

A peaceful hike up Schiehallion offers breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands.

North West Iona, Inner Hebrides

Reachable by ferry from Fionnphort on the Island of Mull.

With its slow-paced lifestyle, and only 170 residents on the island, the northwest coast is a great place to step back in time.

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