Natural Wonders Of England
By Amelia Meyer
England is abundant in natural beauty and diversity. Its extensive coastline, lush landscape and complex history all lend this country a unique sense of allure for those who appreciate the value of the natural world.
A few of England’s best loved natural wonders are:
Lulworth Cove (Dorset)
A cove is defined as being a small, sheltered bay in the shoreline. This shoreline can be of a sea, river or lake. Lulworth Cove was formed by millions of years of water erosion, and is a stunning demonstration of just how beautiful a retreat nature can carve out of its own. In summer, it is frequented by locals and visitors alike.
Flamborough Head, England Coast, Yorkshire
Cheddar Gorge (Somerset)
Cheddar Gorge is the deepest in England, and is situated in the Mendip Hills, near the town of the same name. This gorge is formed by walls that exceed 150 metres on either side and are home to a number of caves. Since the gorge dates back as far as the Ice Age, these caves are of particular interest, holding secrets of long-ago mankind. In fact, it is in one of these caves that Cheddar Man, a human body dating back 9000 years, was discovered. Caving expeditions and rock climbing are popular activities amongst those visiting Cheddar Gorge.
Scafell Pike (Lake District)
This is the highest peak in England at 976 metres (or 3210 feet) above sea level. Situated in the heart of the exquisite Lake District, this peak is just one of the awesome fells that characterise this unique part of the English countryside. The views are breath-taking and the hiking opportunities unbeatable.
Flamborough Head (Yorkshire)
These cliffs, white from the chalk of which they are made, stretch for seven impressive miles and rise up to 120 metres (almost 394 feet) above sea level. There is also a historical lighthouse situated at Bempton Cliffs (part of the Flamborough Head), which is a real treat for birding enthusiasts who want to witness the beauty of the marine birds soaring overhead.
Winnats Pass (Derbyshire)
Once believed to have been an underwater ravine between two oceanic coral reefs, these two limestone towers rise impressively out of Hope Valley. While most visitors prefer to drive or walk through the pass, the more adventurous may opt to paraglide off them instead.
The White Cliffs of Dover (Dover)
These chalky cliff faces have greeted many a visitor of England, as they grace the south-east shore with their imposing presence.
Jurassic Coast (Devon and Dorset)
The jagged coastline in this area stretches for 100 miles along the Devon and Dorset shore, and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hot Springs (Bath)
Since the Romans inhabited England thousands of years ago, the high mineral content of the hot springs has been noted for its therapeutic powers. These continue to be a major attraction as the naturally hot waters bubble from the earth’s core and pamper those who take the time out to enjoy this wonder of nature.
High Force Waterfall (Durham)
The High Force Waterfall is a true demonstration of the raw power of Mother Nature. These waters thunder 21 metres to the pool below, and are surrounded by gorgeous forests and towering mountains.