The following is a sponsored post about the UK countryside. Though I spent four months in London during college, I hardly ventured into the countryside and I’m determined to make it back there so I can visit and see more of the beautiful countryside.
Springtime is the highpoint of the calendar for lovers of the countryside in the United Kingdom. As the countryside bursts into life, the great green pastures of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are awash with bright colors, vibrant energy and an atmosphere of tranquil beauty. Spring is a great time of year to photograph the UK and here are five of my favourite places in which to do so:
The North York Moors
Too often overshadowed by neighbouring dales and hills, the North York National Park is a British gem. Travellers with an eye for a good photo can find everything their imagination desires within the 1,400 miles of countryside that span moorland, hills, coastline and cliffs. Discover it for yourself this spring and, if you plan an extended stay, why not treat yourself to some of the best cottage accommodation Yorkshire has to offer by booking a traditional Yorkshire holiday home for you and the family.
The Peak District
If your camera is made for capturing rolling hills, dappled forest light and meandering rivers, the Peak District National Park is the place for you. Less rough and ready than Yorkshire’s rugged countryside, the Peak District will charm you with its colourful views and thrill you with its panoramic landscapes. Peak District cottages are hugely popular among photographers who enjoy weeks of fun snapping the valleys, hills, wildlife and waterways.
The Islands of West Scotland
The Western Isles of Scotland are loved by holiday makers, golfers and fishermen for their scenic beauty and their remote locations. You rarely feel further away from the hustle and bustle of British towns than when you are visiting islands like Skye, Mull, Arran, Tiree and Rum, and the opportunities to photograph sweeping landscapes, serene sunsets and rare wildlife are abundant at this time of year. Holiday cottages in Scotland and its islands are plentiful but book as soon as you can to beat the rush.
The Cantilever Stone, Snowdonia
The Snowdonia National Park in Wales offers a plethora of opportunities for walkers, mountain climbers and photographers in spring. One of the highest and most picturesque mountains in the region is Glyder Fach, which rewards photographers with a unique photo opportunity near the summit. The Cantilever Stone lies horizontally atop a rocky area, with one edge protruding like a springboard. From the right angle, people can be snapped standing on what looks like a rock that bends the laws of physics!
Depending on whether you choose to believe science or myth, Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, was either created by a volcanic eruption leaving behind interlocking basalt columns, or it was built by an Irish giant who wished to fight a Scottish giant. Whichever story you go with, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a wonder to behold, with its multi-leveled, cityscape surface of hexagonal and pentagonal shapes that top the red basaltic prisms. Few sights in the UK can compare with a photo of the waves lapping this unique landscape beneath a Northern Irish sunset.