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Winning tip: Pendle Hill, Lancashire

There can’t be many views as far-reaching as this. George Fox climbed Pendle in 1652. He noticed the silver line of sea bordering Lancashire and under him a imaginative and prescient of a large number of followers, which led him to found the Quaker motion. Today, the panorama continues to be inspiring, with the addition of Blackpool Tower. On a uncommon, clear day you can also make out the headland of Penmaenmawr in north Wales, and the Yorkshire Dales’ Pen-y-ghent, the hill of winds, and all of the nonetheless wild nation in between. The finest ascent of this legendary hill is from the village of Barley.

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Hilltop escape, Edinburgh

Looking throughout Edinburgh from Caerketton within the Pentland Hills. Photograph: Alamy

The metropolis presents numerous widespread spots for snapping that excellent panorama. But, in the event you’d relatively a extra tranquil location, with out the selfie seekers, Caerketton Hill at Swanston is effectively definitely worth the trek. Lying to the south aspect of the town, Swanston village sits on the fringes of the Pentland Hills (a 15-minute drive or brief bus journey from the town centre). The stroll takes you thru the village, as soon as home to Robert Louis Stevenson and rumoured to be the place he wrote Treasure Island. The steep path meanders by way of the countryside to the highest of Caerketton Hill, the place you’ll cross the native herd of highland cows. After a few mile, you may be close to the highest and have the best view in Edinburgh, with spectacular scenes of the citadel, the Forth Road Bridge and throughout the Firth of Forth.
Lou Harkins

Seven kingdoms, Isle of Man

Seven kingdoms from Snaefell, Isle of Man.

Seven “kingdoms” could be seen from the summit of Snaefell (snow mountain), the very best mountain on the Isle of Man. Not solely does the view embody the coastlines of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales however that of the Isle of Man itself. The different two kingdoms? Why, heaven and the ocean, in keeping with the Manx. On a transparent day, you’ll be able to see the fells of the Lake District, the mountains of Mourne and Wicklow, and the Scottish Southern Uplands. Travel to the summit on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, in-built 1895 and fantastically maintained, with spectacular views of the Laxey Wheel en route, the most important working waterwheel within the world.
Cathi Caley

Scottish Caribbean, Isle of Skye

Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK Cuillin Hills over Loch Coruisk, from Sgurr na Stri

Photograph: Derek Croucher/Getty Images

There are many breathtaking views on the Isle of Skye however the largest shock was Sgurr na Stri – a reasonably lengthy day’s hike, which is effectively definitely worth the effort. The view from the highest is spectacular. The darkish Cuillin mountains encompass turquoise water that wouldn’t look misplaced within the Caribbean.
Hannah Yates

A blustery Ben, the Highlands

A view of Loch Katrine from Atop the Blustery Ben A’an

Photograph: Charlotte Jordan

The climb to the highest of Ben A’an, in the midst of the Trossachs, was solely round an hour lengthy however powerful stepping into locations. It winds by way of managed forestland, up craggy springs, and climbs over bouldering rocks. But the 360-degree view over Loch Katrine is breathtaking – it’s a really particular place I’ll at all times bear in mind.

Teesside majesty, Middlesbrough

On the the route of the Cleveland Way national trail on Carlton Bank, view towards Teesside and the North-East coast.

On the the route of the Cleveland Way nationwide path on Carlton Bank, view in the direction of Teesside. Photograph: Gary Clarke/Alamy

This gorgeous view from the northern fringe of the North York Moors is finest savoured after the difficult climb on two wheels from Carlton in Cleveland. The former industrial majesty is juxtaposed towards the patchwork farms of North Yorkshire and, on a transparent day, the North Sea. There’s an excellent restaurant on the prime known as Lord Stones, serving afternoon tea, Sunday roast and every thing in between.
Josh Alexander

Ancient ruins, Morecambe Bay

‘Stone coffins’ and ruins of Saint Patrick’s Chapel Heysham Head Lancashire. Morecambe Bay beyond

Photograph: Jon Sparks/Alamy

There’s one thing magical about standing within the eighth-century ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel at Heysham Head, trying throughout the ever-changing Morecambe Bay. It’s an exquisite view regardless of the climate: mist provides to the thriller conjured up by the ruins and close by stone graves; it may be breathtaking watching showers sweep throughout the bay but it surely’s particularly splendid in winter, when the Lakeland fells throughout the bay are topped with snow.

To the lighthouse, Northampton

A lonely peaceful autumn landscape with National Life Tower Northampton

Photograph: Leila Coker/Alamy

Northampton couldn’t be a lot farther from the ocean, but we have a constructing we consult with because the lighthouse. The National Lift Tower, 127 metres tall, looms over the city as a reference level, an everlasting Brutalist image standing alone. It jogs my memory of going home as a result of it means you at all times see one thing of Northampton earlier than you’ll be able to see the city itself. My favorite view of the lighthouse is from a big pond close by, extending deep into the water and drifting into hazy ripples, in addition to its excellent attain skyward.
David Bevan

Lovely listed pier, Bangor

Bangor Pier is a perfectly positioned Grade ll Listed Structure on the Menai Straits and offers magnificent views of Anglesey and the Welsh Mainland

Photograph: Nicola Frodsham

Grade II-listed Bangor Pier is completely positioned on the Menai Straits and presents magnificent views of Anglesey and the Welsh mainland. There is a 50p entrance charge and canine house owners shall be happy to listen to there may be at the moment a trial in place permitting pets to affix their house owners for the enjoyable stroll. There are only a few stalls, because the pier’s foremost function is to offer breathtaking views in a peaceable ambiance. Head there on a transparent day, throughout the hotter months, for the very best views. It could be deceptively windy on the pier, although, so be armed with layers of clothes simply in case.
Nicola Frodsham

Breakfast at St Paul’s, London

St Paul’s Cathedral seen from One New Change shopping centre roof terrace

Photograph: PjrTravel/Alamy

We love the roof terrace at One New Change reverse St Paul’s Cathedral in London. It’s free to go up (not like different well-known viewpoints) and opens from 6am. We like to purchase croissants and low from a close-by bakery and have our very personal Breakfast at Tiffany’s second, with the wedding-cake cathedral dome so shut you are feeling you’ll be able to attain out and contact it. And within the raise you’ll be able to get pleasure from seeing St Paul’s refracted within the panels of One New Change.

Amazing aqueduct, Shropshire

View of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries Llangollen canal high above the River Dee.

Photograph: Valery Egorov/Getty Images

We found the attractive Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which has Unesco world heritage standing, on the border of Shropshire and north Wales, whereas we had been exploring the gorgeous space. Incredible artifical ingenuity in a surprising pure setting.

Magic isle, Loch Lomond

Inchcailloch, Loch Lomond, cloudy and sunny day

Photograph: Janet Holland

Stand atop the one hill on the tiny, magical island of Inchcailloch and look north alongside Loch Lomond for a traditional panorama of the Scottish Highlands. Look south for a gentler panorama. In May, the island is carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic amongst oak and alder. Ospreys fish within the loch. A ferry service runs from the boatyard in Balmaha, 20 miles from Glasgow, to the island. The solely services are strolling paths, picnic tables and two composting bogs, so select good climate. In the Clan MacGregor burial floor, the Highlanders loved their wakes a lot that they often forgot to bury the physique. Refuel afterwards on the Oak Tree Inn beside the boatyard.
Janet Holland

Painter’s perspective, Richmond Hill

View from Richmond Hill in Autumn

Photograph: Alamy

Overlooking the Petersham Meadows and the fantastic bend of the Thames, the view from Richmond Hill has grow to be a favorite of mine. The view has been safeguarded by an act of parliament handed in 1902 and has famously been painted by the likes of JMW Turner and Sir Joshua Reynolds. For the very best spot, climb as much as Terrace Walk within the summertime at sundown to search out teams of mates watching the solar soften into the river – maybe with a sundowner from the Roebuck pub – and native artists portray at their easels.
Ellie Swain

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