Looking for one of those secluded hideaways or a spot that offers magnificent views in order for you to get in contact with nature CAN BE DIFFICULT TO FIND!
Turns out… UK has some of the best sites on the planet.
From adorable mountain ranges to the dark skies and dense woodlands, there’s so much to keep you starry-eyed.
That’s why we’ve compiled the following 9 places for short travels and experience the stunning views of the surrounding world.
Take a hammock with you as you’ll need a place to sleep or just hang out in the countryside.
They are great for short travels because of the simplicity, unlike other gear.
This site is perfect for those looking for a quiet, peaceful place to relax.
There is an extensive camping field located in a wild area close to the lake with flattened tracts for pitching tents. You are welcome to swim in the lake if you are a daredevil but understand there’s no supervision.
There are five pitches in the location, all separated by a stream that runs through the site, long grassy areas and trees.
A hammock is perfect in this location; after you’ll have enough of the spectacular views across the lake, you’ll be hanging in the nearby woods.
Enjoy the lack of concrete, wildlife, car-free fields, and watch the dark sky from your tent or hammock if you happen to stay there through the night.
Plus, there are fire pits on every pitch and you can buy wood and cooking kits at the farm.
Pen Y Fan, Llangorse Lake
On the east of Brecon, between the Black Mountains and the Central Beacons, lies Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales.
The lakeshore is a scenic place to stop and appreciate the highest peaks in southern Britain.
The lake is an outstanding haven for wildlife with Otters and water voles the popular mammals on the site.
They are often hidden in the woods so you’re unlikely to see them easily. If you want to get close to the action, take a hammock with you and you’ll watch them wandering below.
You won’t miss the birds too. Large flocks of Canada geese plus other migrants gather at Lake Llangorse at various times of the year.
Swallows, swifts, warblers and coots are also native to the lake. The path that leads to the western shore to the Llangsty Nature Reserve offers the best views.
Take it to the water and chase the fish, with perch, pike, bream, tench, roach and eels are all found in this lake.
Be aware that fishing is only allowed from the boats and it must be catch-release activity. So, feel the thrill of the most resilient fish.
Sugar Loaf, Abergavenny
Hiking up Blorenge from Abergavenny can be tiresome but it’s rewarding once you get to the peak. You’ll climb 580 metres in all, through a landscape of natural beauty that divulges clues of early industrial activities.
Once you get to the top, enjoy the finest 360-degree views in the UK across the mountain ranges.
On the west you’ll see the flat-topped central Beacons, Pen Cerrig-calch on the northwest and the Black Mountains lies north.
Look north-east to the Haterall Hill, east to Skirrid Fawr and south across the Usk Valley. There are more than seven hills on the surrounding and there’s nowhere else on the planet you’ll have such panoramic views.
The Deri Fach, meaning ‘small oak woodland’, is the place to visit and relax in a hammock across the multi-stemmed, oak trees.
This woodland is also home to a rare and endangered species and it’s designated a Special Area of Conservation.
Insh Marshes, Scottish Highlands
One of the most significant wetlands in Europe, the Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve in Scotland is generally a birds’ haven.
A large wandering river makes its journey through the floodplain providing a home to large numbers of water loving birds. Lawpigs, curlews and redshanks all have nested here.
In summer, ospreys congregate for fishing opportunities while the whooper swans take over in winter. Geese and waders also come around in winter.
You can also look out for foxes and roe deer from the hides around the site which give spectacular views.
There are patches of aspen, birch and juniper that dot the borders of the reserve. This is where you can hang a hammock and loosen yourself while enjoying amazing views across the marshland.
If you’d also like to take your dog for a short trip, Insh Marshes allows pets on their footpaths.
But, during the ground-nesting bird breeding season, from April 1st to 15th August, you’ll be asked to keep your dog as close. That shouldn’t be a big deal.
Galloway Forest Park
Known as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK, the Galloway Forest is one of the darkest places in Scotland, while Scotland has some of the darkest skies in Europe.
Few people reside within the Forest Park because the nights get inky black, making it a great place to gaze the stars.
Even the local people want the site to remain that way so it can attract people for its uniqueness. There is no wildlife in the area so you can stay safe at night in a hammock while you watch over 7,000 stars and planets with your naked eyes.
It’s also easy to see the bright band of the Milky Way arching across the night sky.
What’s more interesting is that you’ll see a different show every night. This is because as the earth travels around the sun, we get a consistently changing view of the stars.
You can as well choose to enjoy the breathtaking views from any of the three visitor centers in the Dark Sky Park.
They will give you a few information points to help you identify the constellations and planets that you can see.
There are also panoramic viewing points.
Outer Bounds, Ceredigion
The name says it all. Outer Bounds is a place away from home situated in the hawthorn trees and bushes of the Ceredigion countryside.
There are 9 pitches here which are well-spaced to provide every visitor with their own privacy.
Outer Bounds is an ideal place for wildlife lovers, birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists. There are plenty of trees, bushes, shrubs, and plants which make it fantastic for anyone seeking for a quiet environment.
You can pick a spot from any of the secluded sites and open hilltop perches where you can hang in a hammock and enjoy wide views down to the Cardigan Bay.
It would also be great if you want to hide among the trees and fall asleep by the sounds of birds and animals.
The place is fire friendly and there are some old wheels that act as fire pits. Sit out at night and look at the clear skies. The Milky Way is clearly visible at night.
The Outer Bounds basically belongs to those who want to hide away from home.
Friars Crag, England
Around Keswick in the Lake District, lies Derwentwater foreshore. It’s just a few minutes from the Keswick’s market square.
The shore offers spectacular views down the lake that fulfills the description it was given as one of the most beautiful scenes in Europe.
Friars Crag got its name because many believed it was the embankment spot for monks that made a pilgrimage to the neighboring St. Hebert’s Island.
Today, the Friars Crag attracts devotees of a different kind – visitors in search of a site that takes in the boundless inland lake, Derwent Island and the old woods on the other side of the lake.
There are four islands at Derwent water and are all accessible by boat. You can land in any of the three small Islands and spend the day admiring the natural beauty.
However, the local guides recommend that you don’t spend the night or light any fires in the islands.
Queen’s View, Loch Tummel
Located in the heart of Highland Perthshire, above Loch Tummel, is Queen’s view. Many believe it’s named after Queen Victoria following her visit in 1866.
Some believe otherwise and say it was named after Queen Isabella of Scotland, wife of Robert the Bruce in the 13th century.
Yet, everyone agrees the panoramic view over the loch is amazing all year round with the iconic Schiehallion in the backdrop. Looking westward on a clear day, you can view as far as the Glen Coe Hills.
It’s worth mentioning that the Queen’s view is one of the most photographed places in Scotland.
Surrounded by a section of the Tay Forest Park, the area offers unlimited woodland explorations suitable for hikers of all abilities.
Take a hammock and hang out in the woodland while you wait for sunset.
A journey to Roseberry Topping is a reminder of the great Captain James Cook who spent many years exploring the area.
The climb up to the 320 meters Roseberry Topping is steep but once you get to the peak, you’ll appreciate the glimpses of the North Sea from atop the hill.
The 7-mile walk takes you through moorland tracks, grass and dappled woodland. On the slopes of Roseberry is Newton Wood.
Oak trees dominate this woodland with rowan, ash and sycamore still present.
The North York Moors are a must-visit site. You’ll love the breathtaking views from the flat tops over the landscapes below plus the big open skies.
Stay overnight and you’ll go starry-eyed as the dark sky panoramas reveal their secrets.
There are also endless activities you can do in North York Moors apart from the views. Climb a cliff, catch a fish, take a ride or even surf the waves if you’ll have enough time.
Keep in mind that some of these places are owned by the local individuals and governing authorities. So, you must observe the regulations that have been put in place while you stay in their lands.
Otherwise, take as many pictures of the incredible things you’ll discover.