Stunning wonders of natural beauty are landscapes whose distinctive character are so precious that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them. Visit them all to experience Britain's most luscious, living, working landscapes.
Romantic riverside retreat: Wye Valley, Wales
Particularly beautiful in Spring as buds are beginning to bloom, and unforgettable for the rich colours of ash, beech and oak come Autumn (Fall), Wye Valley is one of Britain's finest riverside landscapes. Attracting canoeists, climbers and riders, the stretch of the River Wye is serenely romantic with mist rising over the water on crisp Autumn mornings.
Getting there: Wye Valley is 1.5 hours' drive from Birmingham and 3 hours from London.
Sun, surf and salty air: Gower, Wales
With cliffs and woodlands ringed by sparkling beaches, Gower is adored by walkers, birdwatchers, sunbathers and surfers. Rhossili, a three-mile stretch of gleaming white sand, is the pride of the Gower Peninsula and - when conditions are right - you'll find some of the best surf in Wales off Gower's beaches and bays.
Getting there: Gower is 5 miles from Swansea city centre and 3.5 hours by train from London.
Family fun: Llŷn Peninsula, Wales
Tucked away beyond Snowdonia's craggiest peaks, the Llŷn has a distinctive, unspoilt character. Llŷn's family-friendly resorts and laidback beaches draw visitors every summer. Pwllheli and Abersoch are both busy sailing towns, which host Wakestock every July, a youth-friendly festival of wakeboarding and pop music, and an annual Regatta in August complete with dinghy races, crab-catching, sandcastle-building and beach hut-decorating.
Getting there: The M54 and A5 roads give the best route from Midlands and southern England. Manchester is 2.5 hours by car.
Picturesque villages: The Chiltern Hills, England
Gentle rolling chalk hills dotted with small traditional English towns, villages and pubs make the Chilterns the perfect place to unwind in picture-postcard surroundings. Be sure to visit the beautiful village of Turville, home to the windmill in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and explore castle remains, manor houses and gardens along the way.
Getting there: Approximately 2 hours by train from London.
Luxury lodging in a celebrity hideout: The Cotswolds, England
With its honey coloured cottages, sleepy country pubs, and gently sloping green hills, The Cotswolds is Britain's largest designated area of natural beauty. A world away from the hustle and bustle of London, it is a favourite rural retreat of celebrities including supermodel Kate Moss. film stars Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley and even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Getting there: Trains from London run regularly to Cotswold stations taking between 1 - 2 hours.
Eco-retreat: Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Dumfries and Galloway is home to three of Scotland's national scenic areas including the Nith Estuary, the East Stewartry Coast and the Fleet Valley. Experience the history, wildlife, farmland and views of the varied landscape, with land rising gently from the coast, through the narrow-wooded valley, to the open heather clad hills.
Getting there: Approximately 1 hour's drive from Glasgow and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh
Magnificent mountains: Ben Nevis, Scotland
The highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis is popular with walkers. It provides a dramatic backdrop to the small Highland town community of Fort William - the perfect place for tea and cake after a long day's walking in the shadow of the mountain.
Getting there: 2 - 3 hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports.
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