I am planning a trip with my girlfriend within the UK, but want to see some of that great countryside. However, neither of us can drive right now, and alot of places seem to be only accessible by car...
Can anybody recommend any beautiful countryside places that are accessible by bus or train from any major city or town? We would also be happy to consider walking or cycling (if rental is available) as long as the journey isnt too long!
I live just a few miles from the North Yorkshire Moors, which I definetly recommend you visit, being a tourist looking for the real countryside. I'm afraid I can't provide too much information with regards to visiting without a car, however, a good contact point would be the tourist information centre of one of the local towns. I have included the contact details for Thirsk Tourist Information Centre at the bottom of this post.
You might also like to visit the nearest city, York, which is easily accesible by train from many of the local towns including Northallerton and Thirsk. There are lots of things to do in this beautiful city, along with some beautiful scenery.
The Thirsk Tourist Information Centre
49 Market Place Thirsk YO7 1HA
Tel 01845 522755 Fax 01845 526230
I went to visit the Peak District by bicycle and found it very nice, but sometimes the hills are rather steep. Walking is also an option, but you wouldn't see as much. I went by train from Manchester Piccadilly to New Mills, then walked about a mile to Hayfield where I rented a bike for a day to see Mam Tor, Castleton, etc. I did not get further than Heathersage, since I left rather late, but if you leave early you may complete the tour Hayfield - Mam Tor - Heathersage - Snake Pass / Derwent Valley - Glossop - Hayfield. Approach from Sheffield is also possible, off course.
Other good options are to visit the Yorkshire Dales (go by train from Lancaster or Leeds) or the Lake District (go by train to Kendal or Penrith) or North Wales.
I live in England but have travelled up to Scotland many a time to see family there. If you want to see great scenery in the UK I highly recommend the highlands of Scotland(scuse the rhyming). Especially places like Fort William. Fantastic scenery and friendly people!
about scotland: really awesome, as mentioned before. i deeply love the hebrides (kerrera, mull, iona, and of course skye - but this is the most famous one), and somebody told me the orkneys are even more beautiful.
What about somerset in the south west? It's super super beautiful and the bus service is really good. You could use Wells (smallest city in england) as a base. You can get there easily from bristol bus station and it's a lovely city with the most stunning cathedral ever, an old market place, lots of nice places to eat and nearby are the mendips where you can do some lovely walks. About 10 mins by bus from Wells is Cheddar (where the cheese is from) and you could cycle down the incredible gorge or go to Glastonbury to chill out with all the crazy hippies and climb the Tor for a great view of somerset.
look into North Wales!
loads of castles and snowdonia national park with The highest mountain in wales (the snowdon).
You got seaside towns and mountain villages (yes with sheep) and you can walk from hostel to hostel if walking is your thing.
contact me if you want any info about north wales
OK, so where are the Lake District fans?
It depends on what sort of thing you like, but if you like mountains then you have to head north in England or Scotland, or west into Wales.
Scotland is fantastic - a match for New Zealand in places, but you will struggle without transport, although you can get a train from Glasgow all the way up to Fort William in the heart of the highlands and do some serious walking.
The only train station in the Lake District is Windermere, but this is pretty accessible, just off the main west-coast line, and a train runs directly from Manchester airport to there.
The Lake District has excellent buses, but services are reduced between October and March.