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5 of the most ruggedly beautiful places in the UK

Ruggedly beautiful UK locations

Although it’s relatively small, the UK has a huge number of fabulously remote places known for their naturally rugged beauty. So if you’re curious to see what inspirational untamed places this small Isle has to offer read on. Here are our top 5 wild places in the UK…

The Rumps, Polzeath, Cornwall, England

The Rumps Cornwall

This wonderful chunk of rugged headland proudly juts out into the Atlantic Ocean on the north coast of Cornwall. It’s a true piece of wild Britain and is home to many species of flora and fauna.


The best and only way to explore the Rumps is on foot. A wonderful circular walk begins in the town of Polzeath and heads out along the coast path in the direction of the headland. Follow the coast path all the way along the winding path, before continuing on to Pentire point and on to the Rumps Point. Once you’re there it’s up to you how high you want to climb but we recommend climbing at least one of the two mounds to get the best, uninterrupted views. You’ll be able to see The Mouls, a tiny island just off the coast, which is a breeding ground for puffins and other seabirds and you might just spot seals and dolphins swimming in the waves below. Read more detailed information on the Rumps walk.

Stay at…

Luxury holiday cottage company, Latitude 50 has a handful of exclusive cottages to rent in Polzeath and the surrounding area. All of them have fabulous views over the beach, gorgeous interiors and put you in a great position for exploring the Rumps with its unmatched beauty, and beyond.

Oban and the Isles, Argyllshire, Scotland

Oban and the Isles

The City of Oban is a lively place especially in the summer, set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery that Scotland and rest of the UK, has to offer. Take in lochs and mountains and enjoy views out towards the many Islands that sit just off the rugged coast.


We recommend taking a boat from Croabh Haven to get the very best out of a trip to this wonderful remote place. Days at Sea offer sea tours which will take you around the area, where you’ll get some spectacular views of the islands and beyond. Don’t forget to sample some of the regions fabulous fish and seafood too – as fresh as it comes, this stuff simply couldn’t taste any better than it does here.

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Late Lettings have a number of fabulous cabins and cottages available as options for accommodation in the area. All are spotlessly clean, cosy and set in the set in the most stunning of locations.

Bullslaughter Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Bullslaughter Bay

The county of Pembrokeshire is a true place of natural beauty. Its craggy and dramatic coastline imprints itself in the hearts of anyone who goes there and we love how uncrowded this places feels, even at high season.


The dramatic rock formations in Bullslaughter Bay give it the untainted feel of a true place of natural beauty. It’s a good spot for climbing and for surfing, though we think the trip is well worth it even if you just want to walk amongst the impressive features of the landscape. Guillemots and Razorbills are easily spotted on the cliffs from May through until the beginning of August and there any many wonderful species of coastal plants to be found in the area too. For more information about the rock climbing see here and for more information about surfing see Activity Pembrokeshire list providers of surfing lessons in Pembrokeshire.

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Late Lettings sometimes have some availability here too. Otherwise we like checking out local Farm-stays in the area for an alternative and fun place to spend your holiday or short break.

Yorkshire Dales, England

Yorkshire Dales Credit Matt Smith

At this time of year the Yorkshire Dales look more inviting than ever. A really short distance from some of the North’s major cities, the Dales still retain their own sense of magnitude and remoteness.


Hiring bikes is a brilliant way to take in the best of the Dales, plus you’ll cover more countryside than you could manage on foot. The Dales Bike Centre offer very reasonable hire, though of course if you have bikes you could always bring your own. Our favourite route takes you from Skipton towards Bolton Abbey and onto Wharfdale, whilst providing fantastic scenery. It then follows quiet roads along a lovely valley all the way to Grassington, before heading back in a circular route. There is one long climb towards the end before a fun downhill run back into Skipton. For further details of bike hire see here. Whilst for details of this route and others see here.

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Accommodation is simple if you’re not looking for anything fancy as the Dales Bike Centre also offer hostel style beds to those who wish to stay with them. Otherwise the area is home to many fantastic hotels and friendly B&B’s.

New Forest, Dorset, England

New Forest - Autumn breaks on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Covering an area of over 500 square kilometres the New Forest is one of South East England’s largest patches of unenclosed pastureland. It is home to many herds of wild ponies along with some rare species of plants and wildlife, such as the sand lizard and the great crested newt.


To really explore the New Forest at its best you’re going to need to be on horseback. They are many great trails around the forest and any of the good riding schools should be able to help you get in the saddle and take you on one of many routes. We rate the Fir Tree Farm Equestrian Centre and the Bagnum Riding Stables.

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Although wild and full of nature the New Forest is a very safe place to camp, so we recommend looking up one of the handful of excellent campsites in the area. What better way to enjoy this unspoilt swathe of woodland than by sleeping amidst the trees and waking up to the sound of birdsong? We can’t think of one…

We hope this inspires you to get out and explore the UK and its many wild places. Do you have a favourite place to getaway to that we haven’t mentioned? We’d love you to share your ideas with us.



Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter


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