10 Totally Awesome Photographic Beauty Spots in the UK – By Pete Watson

View from Wansfell Pike (Cumbria) Located in the East of the Lake District Wansfell Pike is an easy hill walk, which offers stunning views overlooking Ambleside. The Lake District is a photographer’s paradise and you won’t be disheartened but be prepared to dig out your walking boots to get those extra special photos.Bluebells at Dockey Wood (Hertfordshire) - This woodland is a haven for bluebells carpeting the forest floor with their vibrant colours. The best time to visit is the last week of April into the first week of May. Located on the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire border and not too far away from the Ashridge Estate there is plenty to see.Lyveden New Bield (Cambridgeshire) - This is an amazing building owned by the National Trust, from there you can take a long but gentle stroll to Fermyn Wood Country Park which offers great views and plenty of wildlife.Haystacks & Buttermere (Cumbria) - A gorgeous and tranquil spot in the heart of the Lake District, offering spectacular views. A favourite place of the late Alfred Wainwright a fond walker of the Lake District, he chose this spot as his final resting place. After walking the ridge of Haystacks you can enjoy a gentle stroll along the shores of Buttermere.The Lodge (Sandy) - The Lodge in Sandy is the RSPB’s head office and is home to plenty of wildlife. The lodge offers bird hides, well managed woodland and heath land to provide the perfect habitat for a large variety of wildlife all year round.The Wetland Centre (London) - The Wetland Centre located near Hammersmith. A far cry from the capital, the tranquil surroundings provide a home to many different species of wildlife. There are plenty of bird hides both elevated and at ground level to give you the best advantage.Priory Country Park (Bedford) - Priory Country Park covers a large area offering meadows, large lakes and a conservation area. Great for family days out, there’s plenty of wildlife to spot, with two bird hides, marina and a family friendly pub, restaurant and children’s play area.Red Kites at Gigrins Farm (Rhayader, Wales) - The red kite feeding station at Gigrins Farm in Rhayader, Wales is a fantastic place to visit for a wildlife enthusiast. You won’t be disappointed with the large number of red kites at feeding time. Gigrins Farm offers purposely built hides which provide a great viewing platform and plenty of other facilities too.The Witches Pool (Pwll-y-Wrach, Wales) - A weird yet very wonderful place located in a nature reserve just outside Talgarth in the Brecon Beacons. Like all the waterfalls in Wales they are stunning but this one has a slight twist (the clue is in the name). The nature reserve is also packed full of wildlife providing lots of opportunities to get a great shot.Glenfinnan (Scotland) - Located in the Scottish Highlands, this valley offers a breath-taking view overlooking the head of Loch Shiel. The Glenfinnan Monument is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. For Harry Potter fans this beautiful place is the home to the viaduct used in the flying scene in the Chamber of Secrets.

Wildlife and nature photographer Pete Watson has chosen ten beautiful photographic beauty spots to capture the best landscapes and wildlife shots in the UK.


By Pete Watson

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