‘Stunning’ winter view named the best in the UK – ‘God-like landforms’

Carol Kirkwood discusses growing up in the Scottish Highlands

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A UK holiday has never been more popular and Britons up and down the country have re-discovered the beauty of the country. While some may wish to cosy up next to a fire and hibernate until Spring, many Britons are embracing the cold and heading for the great outdoors.

Park Leisure asked the country to vote on their favourite winter landscapes and the results are in.

Coming top was Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands.

The Highlands are a holiday destination all year round and Glen Etive is a very special place.

Featured in both James Bond’s Skyfall and Braveheart, Glen Etive is a popular destination.

On Tripadvisor, user Thomas said: “While in the area, and after seeing it on the TV recently, we decided to take a drive off the A82 to get a taste of the Skyfall James Bond drive.

“The views just get better and better throughout the journey. It can get busy, but there are plenty of passing places.

“If you are stopping to take photos, expect the drive to take around 45 minutes to the end of the road at Loch Etive, which itself is stunning. If you are passing by, and have the time to spare, make sure you take a look!”

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In second place were the Yorkshire Dales, with a fifth of Britons voting for the beautiful winter views in the national park.

Reviewing the park on Google, Tina Santon said: “Stunning views and tiny villages, you can travel for miles and hardly see anyone. Small villages with amazing walks, well worth just getting in the car and driving without a plan to see where you end up.”

And Peter Hellyer-Whitworth wrote: “My favourite national park, and I’ve been to them all. It has a rustic charm about it, with God-like landforms.

“Anyone who hasn’t been to the Dales is missing out. Definitely a bucket-list place.”

Coming third was Land’s End in Cornwall.

One “end” of Britain, Land’s End was visited by 56 percent of the Britons who voted.

While Cornwall gets incredibly busy during the summer, the winter months afford visitors a more peaceful stay.

On Tripadvisor, Lucyrhay said: “The views from Land’s End were incredible.”

Fourth on the list was Snowdonia.

The national park boasts the highest mountain and the largest natural lake in Wales.

Holidaymakers who don’t want to hike can get the train to the top of Snowdon or visit some picturesque villages such as Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert.

Darren said: “A must do in a lifetime. Just to experience the breathtaking views! We cheated by getting to the top using the train service. Which only took us 45mins to reach top of mountain. Like being in another world.”

Rounding up the top five were the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire.

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Hills were the top pick of 10 percent of Britons.

Roberta D said: “Magnificent views of Herefordshire and Worcestershire; an almost spiritual experience. From the Romans to Elgar – all previous visitors seem to have left their soul if not their physical mark.”

Britons’ favourite winter landscapes

1. Glen Etive, Scottish Highlands 

2. Yorkshire Dales 

3. Land’s End, Cornwall 

4. Snowdonia, North Wales 

5. Malvern Hills, Herefordshire 

Park Leisure

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