5 stunning natural destinations in the UK

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If you're a nature lover, you don't have to travel far. We have some of the most incredible scenery, right on our doorstep. As long as you're willing to take a gamble on the Great British weather, here are five stunning destinations you don't want to miss:

The Scottish Highlands

Compared to almost 20 million visitors in London each year, only 3.2 million visit Scotland each year. The majority of these visitors head to Edinburgh, leaving the rest of Scotland relatively undiscovered.

The Scottish Highlands are a place of unimaginable beauty. You have mountains, lakes (or lochs, as they're known in Scotland), woodland and the sea. As far as nature goes, it doesn't get much better. The people are friendly and welcoming, and you'll be able to explore some of the many distilleries dispersed around the unspoiled scenery. It's a place we recommend everyone visits at least once in their life.

Mountain highway, Quiraing, Portree, United Kingdom

Snowdonia National Park

In Wales, you're not going to find anything more beautiful than Snowdonia National Park. Home to Mount Snowdon, the largest mountain in England and Wales, you'll find yourself mesmerised by the rugged, untamed landscapes.

It's the perfect destination for people who enjoy walking, no matter your ability, with 1,497 miles of public footpaths. There are plenty of flat, easy walks if a gentle stroll is your thing. Or more strenuous hikes if you prefer – you could even climb Snowdon while you're there. One of our favourite spots is Swallow Falls – an incredibly stunning sight, where the river Llugwy flows into a series of waterfalls.

Llyn Padarn with Snowdonia in the distance on a lovely morning,, Caernarfon, Wales

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) located in southern England. It runs from Stratford-upon-Avon to Bath, travelling five English counties for 800 square miles. It's an unspoiled area of quintessentially British countryside, with some of the most beautiful villages you've ever seen.

If you want to experience something a little different, head to The Cotswolds during May to coincide with the Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake. People travel from across the globe to chase a 4kg piece of Double Gloucester cheese down a hill. The first to cross the finish line wins the cheese.

Milling Around, Lower Slaughter, Cheltenham, United Kingdom

The Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park stretches from Lancaster to Harrogate, covering a huge area of Northern England. The park has something for everyone, from hikes and waterfalls, to tea rooms and cheese factories. It's one of the best places in the UK to go stargazing as there is very little light pollution out in the wild.

If you're ready to put yourself through your paces, you can complete the "Yorkshire Three Peaks" of Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. If you're taking part in the official challenge, the aim is to complete all three peaks in the same day. The current record is 2 hours 46 minutes 3 seconds. Can you beat it?

Solo bike ride through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Cornwall

If you're looking for beaches, Cornwall is the place for you. During the summer, it's easy to forget you're not in some faraway, exotic location, with beaches and turquoise seas to rival the Caribbean. It's the best place in the UK if you want to surf, and there are plenty of beaches for you to choose from. If you're new to surfing, we recommend you head to Fistral, where you'll be able to find the best surf schools.

If you're hoping for warmer weather, Cornwall is also your best bet. Its location on the Gulf Stream means it benefits from warmer air than the rest of the UK – feeling almost tropical in the summer months. You'll even find palm trees.

One of Britains most glorious locations, S W Coast Path, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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