The UK hosts a variety of enchanting scenic regions such as the mountainous Snowdonia National Park, the Lake District, as well as the broad and striking Scottish Highlands.
Well-known for its diverse range of landscapes, Norway has a massive coastline, deep fjords and epic mountain regions. Tpp spots include the famous Geiranger fjord the bustling coastal city of Bergen.
Italy is draped in pure, awe-striking natural scenery, including Como, Lake Garda and the Dolomites, all of which make for amazing day, weekend or week-long trips.
Spain and the Balearic Islands dish up unrivalled Mediterranean year-round climate, stunning mountain scenery and beautiful sun-kissed beaches.
Canada boasts possibly the most impressive mountain scenery in the world, including the ever-popular Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in the gorgeous Banff National Park.
Switzerland is often awarded the title as the skiing and walking capital of Europe, and is home to awesome mountain scenery and pristine alpine lakes.
The United Kingdom plays host to enchanting national parks and scenic regions, including Snowdonia National Park in Wales, the Lake District to the north of England and the mighty coastline of Devon and Cornwall to the south, and not forgetting the stunning peaks, munros and waterfalls nestled in the vast Scottish Highlands.
2021 will be the ‘Year of the English Coastline’ as England braces itself to host the longest coastal path in the world upon completion. In celebration of this 2,800 mile masterpiece covering every part of our incredible coastline, I travelled to Dorset to get a taste of what keen coastal hikers can expect all across the country come next year.
Why did I even bother? Okay, so - I'm as keen on hiking as a redneck is on his or her right to bear arms. Yet, back in 2017 and on my first voyage to the summit of Mount Snowdon, I swapped out the mountain path for the cheater's path (or, rather, the Snowdon Mountain Railway), just to say "I did it". It was wrong, so this year laced up my boots and returned to Wales to restore order.
I can’t believe I’m writing this travel entry, because the title is an admission of something I am not proud of, so let’s just get this out of the way quickly. Yes - I took a mountain train to the summit of Mount Snowdon, and yes - I claim to be a keen explorer, ruthless adventurer and semi-experienced hiker.
Often when we Englanders swoon over typical English scenery, we tend to call to mind rolling fields at dawn with varying autumn tones, or getting lost in quintessential English woodland wilderness, with the sound of cheerful birds above and soothing rivers of tranquility trickling through. While this vision is largely accurate, there is so much more to see in our fair country.
The city of Norwich has journeyed through centuries with associations to great art, publishing and architecture that are unrivaled in Britain. It is a wonderfully vibrant city, rich with culture, history, literature, and of course - beautiful escapes to nature.
Some people say that because your birthday only comes around once a year, and because aging sucks, you should make the most of it and go mental. I did just that - twice in-fact, because I went to Snowdonia in December on two separate birthdays. If that’s not mental, I don’t know what is.
Wicked waves smashing against rugged cliffs and beautiful baby-blue tides washing up on the softest, most golden beaches in Britain. Cornwall offers drama, harmony and unlikely desirability when it comes to a holiday by the sea.
There are those who say the higher you climb the better the view is. In some cases they’re probably right - the sweetest view of the Earth available to mankind is most likely from the International Space Station… or the Moon. Back home in the Lake District however, don’t be so sure.