There are many natural wonders of the world; the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro to name a few, but if the truth be told, you don’t have to travel quite so far to see a natural wonder; we have plenty of our own in this country. Here is our list of the UK’s 7 Natural Wonders that must been seen.
Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys, Wales
At 240ft (80m) high Pistyll Rhaeadr is one of the UK’s tallest single drop waterfalls, and is certainly one of the most scenic with its natural grace said to induce feelings of peace and tranquillity. Visitors can scale to the top of the waterfall, take a walk along the picturesque river, or simply take in its beauty from the café or B&B located at the bottom. Take a look at some of the locations in Wales here.
Giants Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The result of an ancient volcanic eruption which occurred around 50 to 60 million years ago, the Giants Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. The huge pillars of varying heights slot in perfectly together to form perfect hexagon shapes all the way along the coastline. Mesmeric and full of wonderment, they have to be seen to be truly appreciated.
Scafell Pike, Lake District, England
Located in Lake District National Park, in Cumbria, Scafell Pike was formed some 450 million years ago and is the highest mountain in England, at an elevation of 978 metres (3,209 ft) above sea level. As the highest ground in England, Scafell Pike naturally has a very extensive view, ranging from the Mourne Mountains to Snowdonia. On a clear day other peaks as far away as Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man can also be seen.
Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond is a stunning freshwater loch lying on the Highland Boundary Fault in Scotland, and is often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands. At 24 miles long and at its widest point 5 miles wide, it is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain. The loch contains many islands, including the largest fresh-water island in the British Isles, Inchmurrin. It’s a popular destination for leisure activities and for those just wanting to take in its natural beauty.
Fingals Cave, Isle of Staffa, Scotland
Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, and is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns, similar in structure to that of the Giant’s Causeway. Known for its natural acoustics, the cave’s size and naturally arched roof cause, what some call ‘eerie’ sounds as the echoes of waves bounce off the walls, giving it the atmosphere of a natural cathedral.
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England
Formed by meltwater floods over a million years ago, Cheddar Gorge is Britain’s largest gorge. From the spectacular cliffs that rise to 450ft, to the fantastic stalactite caverns, the site has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, and its pre-historic history is as fascinating as the gorge itself. The caves made a perfect environment for aging cheese making it somewhat predictably the place from which the famous Cheddar cheese takes its name. Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, known as the Cheddar Man, was also found in one of the caves here.
Gaping Gill, Yorkshire Dales, England
Home to the tallest unbroken waterfall in England and the largest underground chamber naturally open to the surface, Gaping Gill is a 98-metre (322 ft) deep natural cave in North Yorkshire. The Gaping Gill is home to one of Britain’s longest and most complex cave systems and is a true natural wonder that must be visited to be fully appreciated.