remote places in the UK

Hidden wonders on your doorstep: Britain’s most remote places 

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You don’t have to leave Britain to see some of the most stunning and remote locations in the world

If you plan to escape it all and experience something truly different, your first thought might be to buy a plane ticket and set off across the globe. But you could be missing out on some of the hidden beauty in the place you call home.

Britain is about more than big cities; it has some of the most beautiful secluded spots imaginable, just waiting for you to discover. We take a look at five hidden gems where you can find peace, solitude and awe-inspiring views.

To get to these places you need to:

  • Dress sensibly (and maybe pack a tent)
  • Expect a late, possibly chilly night 
  • Be prepared to travel by boat or even helicopter
  • Plan ahead
  • Listen to advice

NO MAN’S FORT, PORTSMOUTH 

The former military fort is situated off the coast of Portsmouth. It dates back over 150 years and was originally built to defend Britain against Napoleon III and the French invasion. It would go on to be used as defence during both World Wars. What’s left behind is a wonderfully unique and secluded location surrounded by water in every direction. To experience the panoramic view of the dramatic seascape, you can only get there by private transfer or helicopter.

What you need to know: Stay until the evening and you will get the chance to gaze up at the stars through the glass roof in the atrium.

LUNDY ISLAND, DEVON

The unique coastal environment of Lundy Island, which has been occupied for at least 3,000 years, is located 12 miles off the coast of Devon. It is home to fewer than twenty permanent residents and a host of wildlife that flourishes on the isolated isle; keep an eye out for grey seals, seabirds and even basking sharks. The 400 foot granite outcrop is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and offers visitors a unique natural environment without roads or cars.

What you need to know: In the winter season you can only get there by a helicopter service, while in the summer the ship and ferry MS Oldenburg is your vessel.

THE OLD FORGE, KNOYDART PENINSULA

The natural bay is found on the north-west coast of Scotland, around 5 miles south of Cape Wrath. It is a four-mile trek through bleak moorland, but you know it’s worth the effort when you finally see the stunning views of Sandwood Bay. The 1 mile long beach of golden sands and dunes, bordered by high cliffs and a freshwater loch, is a welcoming retreat promising majesty, splendour and seclusion.

What you need to know: Dress sensibly and take water with you for the trip as there is no shelter along the way, and remember, it’s worth the journey when you get to see sights like the Am Buachaille sea stack.

SANDWOOD BAY, SCOTLAND

The natural bay is found on the north-west coast of Scotland, around 5 miles south of Cape Wrath. It is a four-mile trek through bleak moorland, but you know it’s worth the effort when you finally see the stunning views of Sandwood Bay. The 1 mile long beach of golden sands and dunes, bordered by high cliffs and a freshwater loch, is a welcoming retreat promising majesty, splendour and seclusion.

What you need to know: Dress sensibly and take water with you for the trip as there is no shelter along the way, and remember, it’s worth the journey when you get to see sights like the Am Buachaille sea stack.

DARTMOOR, DEVON

It’s a favourite with ramblers, and with good reason, as Dartmoor in Devon is home to some of the most beautiful remote scenery in Britain. The wild magnificence of the 365 square mile moor in the south-west of England is apparent in everything from the deep wooded valleys and rocky, wide open spaces, to the granite tors and fast flowing rivers.

What you need to know: The area is notorious for quickly enveloping fog, so follow safety advice and plan ahead.

Triangulation point on Sourton Tor on beautiful winter's day. #Dartmoor #trigpoints #mapping #ordnancesurvey #nationalpark

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