Welcome to the next 3 places I admire in what has become the Beautiful Britain series. As always I have picked out a lovely place to explore in each of Scotland, England and Wales. As I hope I have shown this land is not just about green hills and a city. Each corner of Britain has its own beauty with endless amounts of sights to see. This time we have:
Ok I say a wee village but Glenfinnan is an area too with a big history. Just look at the picture above, you can see straight away it is a place to wander and relax. It is situated at the end of Loch Shiel in the Highlands. The memorial you see in the foreground was erected to remember the Jacobite Risings especially the one beginning in 1745, as it was in Glenfinnan that Bonnie Prince Charlie landed with his claim to the throne. Below you will see the famous viaduct, part of the West Highland Railway over which runs the Jacobite Steam Train. It is this viaduct and steam train used for the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. Also for film buffs the Mcleods (fictional characters from the Highlander series) where born here. With mountains all around too there is so much to see learn and explore.
Robin Hood’s Bay
People often go to the coast of Yorkshire and visit the grand towns of Scarborough and Whitby. Tucked in between them though is this beautiful bay with its small fishing village. Its name is a mystery and there is no known connection to the man of folklore over in Sherwood Forest. What is known though is that at the time of Henry VIII this village had more importance than Whitby as old Dutch Sea charts for example have Robin Hood’s Bay clearly mapped but not Whitby at all. The village itself is great to wander around, narrow cobbled streets weaving away with traditional buildings. For the families there are sandy beaches, cliff top walks and due to the geological and geographical position the tide going out leaves many rockpools brimming with nature. Go explore.
The Elan Valley
The ‘Welsh Lake District’ as it is known in parts. A series of reservoirs in the heart of Wales and given the status of Area of Outstanding Beauty. With the water and hills around you as you take it in this status is understandable. Over 100 years ago the dams where not there as it was home to 100 people living on the river. The English city of Birmingham needed water so work began transforming the whole area. The wildlife surrounding the reservoirs and their protected status means that fauna, wildlife and trails keep their natural state and can be enjoyed by thousands of visitors. The water in the reservoirs is kept constantly clean too (that is why Birmingham has its softer water). Whether fishing, walking or enjoying one of the many cycle trails this seemingly remote area will make many a great day.
I am enjoying sharing these wonderful places and always look forward to sharing more. With summer almost here I will also be out and about all over finding new too. Thank you!