From towering sea stacks and open clifftops, to dark and mysterious caves, Britain is home to some of the most spectacular natural formations on earth. Wherever you venture in Britain, it can often feel like there’s a surprise around every corner, ready to delight and fascinate those who appreciate the beauty of the natural world.
Here at Parkdean Resorts, we’ve unearthed some of these iconic natural wonders to inspire you to explore Britain’s beautiful coastlines and countryside.
Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Durdle Door acts as a gateway to the historic and striking Jurassic Coastline, which offers up some of the best panoramic views and crystal clear waters in the UK, including the beautiful Lulworth Cove. This natural rock arch in the sea was formed by erosion from the crashing waves and has stood for over a million years – it’s now one the most photographed landmarks along Britain’s coastline.
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The nearby towering cliffs are home to many of Britain’s sea birds, whilst the coastal paths are dotted with colourful wildflowers and rare plants. This creates the perfect habitat for several different species of butterflies, some of which can only be found in this area. It’s also a great location for spotting some of Britain’s more elusive marine residents, with seals and bottle-nosed dolphins often seen along the coastline.
From rockpooling to water sports to walking, there’s plenty of activities to keep you entertained at Durdle Door. Only 15 minutes from Warmwell Holiday Park and 25 minutes from Sandford Holiday Park, this is the perfect location to unwind and soak up the beautiful Dorset Coast.
Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales
Malham Cove, a magnificent curved limestone cliff formation nestled in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, has amazed visitors for centuries.
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Millions of years ago when Ice Age glaciers melted, they created a large river and waterfall which flooded over the face of the cove - eroding it into the unique amphitheatre shape it is today.
Just over 30 minutes from Todber Valley Holiday Park, Malham Cove is also a well-known hotspot for climbing, with around 280 climbing routes available. For those who fancy a slightly easier route to the top, towards the west side of the cliff face you will find about 400 stone steps leading to the summit. Once you’re at the top, take a minute to appreciate the breathtaking views across Malham and the surrounding dale.
The Cove is home to a variety of different wildlife, including a pair of nesting peregrine falcons that can be spotted during the summer months, ducking and diving off the cliff face.
Dan-yr-Ogof, The National Showcaves Centre, Swansea
Thought to be the largest cave complex in Europe, over 10 miles of winding paths link together these magnificent show caves. With the first section of the caves open to visitors, Dan-yr-Ogof, the National Showcaves Centre offers a unique experience to discover these hidden treasures.
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First explored in 1916 by three local brothers, Edwin, Tommy and Jeff Morgan, with only candles to light their way, you can still feel the same sense of amazement they felt when they first uncovered this secret underground world.
There are three caves to explore on your visit. Follow in the brother’s footsteps through the passageways of Dan-yr-Ogof and be wowed by the delights of Cathedral Cave. Here you will find huge caverns carved out of the rock and 40-foot high waterfalls crashing into underground lakes. Don’t forget to look out for the famous “Rasher of Bacon”, the “Angel” and the “Alabaster Pillar” rock formations.
Located 50 minutes from Trecco Bay Holiday Park, visitors can also explore the Dinosaur Park, where you can get up close and personal with over 200 life-size dinosaurs, as well as the Iron Age village, farm, museum, and children’s play areas.
Cairngorms National Park, Ballater
No list of Britain’s natural wonders would be complete without featuring a fantastic National Park. The Cairngorms, the largest of all Britain’s National Parks, contains countless natural wonders - including the most extensive range of high mountains in the UK. The area also boasts beautiful valleys and gorges, tumbling rivers, tranquil lochs and rugged highland scenery.
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There’s plenty to enjoy on a visit to the National Park, with everything from hiking to whisky tasting. A land of adventure, thrill-seeking visitors will find everything they need in Aviemore. You can enjoy skiing and other snow sports as well as biking, climbing and canoeing.
For those who prefer to explore on foot the Cairngorms is the perfect location for all walking abilities and provides a stunning backdrop with plenty of unique picnic spots. Hundreds of trails throughout the park make it possible for you to explore at your own pace. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife including reindeer, eagles, red squirrels and Scottish wildcats.
With the National Park boundary only a short drive from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, you won’t be disappointed with the beauty of this natural wonder - no matter what time of year you visit.
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