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- The most southerly point in Devon, a stunning stretch of the South West Coast Path with dramatic cliffs, open farmland and secluded sandy coves. Excellent for spotting migratory birds and rare butterflies. Iron Age promontory fort at Bolt Tail and small sandy coves between Salcombe & Prawle.
- Beaumaris Gaol, opened in 1829, as a Victorian Gaol in the heart of Beaumaris. The gaol was thought to be a model prison with running water and toilets in each cell, before this time gaols were just for holding prisoners before they were heard in court, hanged or transported to the colonies. When walking around you get a feeling for life in jail during Victorian times. You can see and read about the small cells, infirmary, men and women’s work rooms, punishment cell, human treadmill, chapel and much more. On the first floor you have an interesting door that would lead out to the gallows where during its life as a prison two people were publicly hanged. After the jail closed down it became the Beaumaris police station and later was used to house prisoner of war during the world war.
- Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens are part of the estate of Ardkinglas House which stands on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll with an imposing backdrop of forest and mountains. The main house is an architectural masterpiece by Sir Robert Lorimer and is full of expert craftsmanship and often used in TV dramas like My Life So Far, The Waterhorse, MaxManus and This September. The house is only open to the public on a Friday from April to October but you can arrange a tour if you book during other months. It’s well worth the visit as the gardens are superb and the rooms in the house all look over Loch Fyne! Here you’ll find the tallest tree in the United Kingdom as well a family home to explore that has not altered a bit in a hundred years! It’s a wonderful day out as the atmosphere is magical and the estate offers walks, venue for weddings, fine dining, a self catering apartment in the house itself, private tours and a superb collection of plants.
- Clovelly has a single steep cobbled street that runs down past 16th Century fisherman’s cottages to the harbour. The road is half a mile (0.8km) long but drops some 400ft (122m). Once at the bottom Clovelly harbour is a 13th Century stone quay. Clovelly has not been spoilt by the holiday trade over the years as it is owned by the Clovelly Estate and so you will not find holiday homes but arts and crafts. The car park and visitor centre is at the top of the village and does offer some transport down via back lanes, but the beauty at Clovelly is the walk down to the harbour.
- Rosedale Abbey is a village located in a spectacular valley in the centre of Rosedale, North Yorkshire. The small collection of stone properties sit down a steep and winding route on either side of the valley. Despite the village name, there never was an abbey here, just a Cistercian Priory once existed but all that is left today is a staircase, a sundial and a single stone pillar. Originally founded in 1158, the priory was inhabited by a small group of nuns who are credited with being the first people to farm sheep commercially in the region. Around the head of the dale is a cinder track with the relics of the 19th century ironstone mines which gave rise to a population explosion in the village. Rosedale is a popular area for walks and mountain biking. One easy walk is the Rosedale Mineral railway walk that gives you some good views of the dale, click here for the route map.
- Tynwald or more formally, the High Court of Tynwald or Tynwald Court is the legislature of the Isle of Man. It is claimed to be the oldest continuous parliamentary body in the world, consisting of two Houses: the directly elected House of Keys and the indirectly chosen Legislative Council.
- The Links of Noltland Neolithic and Bronze Age site near Grobust Bay on the north coast of Westray in the Orkney Islands contains the remains of both a Neolithic village and later Bronze Age dwellings. As well as the buildings the ‘Westray Wife’ was discovered, a lozenge-shaped figurine that is believed to be the earliest representation of a human face ever found in Scotland. The face has two dots for eyes, heavy brows and an oblong nose and a pattern of hatches on the body could represent clothing. The figurine can be seen in the Westray Heritage Centre. The site sits within the sand dunes and is under constant threat from coastal erosion.
- Scalloway Castle is a tower house in Scalloway, on the Sheltand Mainland. The tower was built in 1600 by Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney, during his brief period as effective ruler of Shetland. Scalloway Castle is built on an L-plan, with a main tower of 18 by 10 metres (59 by 33 ft), and a wing to the south-west of 8 metres (26 ft) square. The now roofless castle is 4 storeys, with an additional garret over the main tower. The ground level is tunnel-vaulted, containing kitchens, stores and a well.