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- Wills Neck is the summit of the Quantock Hills and is one of the highest points in Somerset. Located about 8 miles north west of the county town of Taunton it stands at 384m high. It is possible to see Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Blackdown Hills, the Mendips and the Brecon Beacons from the top of the hill on a clear day. There are several walks that take in the Quantock Hills and Wills Neck, some of which are quite steep. The name ‘Wills Neck’ comes from a Saxon word meaning stranger.
- The Tarka Trail is a figure-of-eight route, based on Barnstaple, and covers some 180 miles (290 km) of path through North and Mid Devon, from the Atlantic Coast, the estuaries of the two rivers of Tarka, the Rivers Taw and Torridge through rural Devon Countryside. Passing through the largely unspoilt countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ first published in 1927. The Tarka Trail is one of the country’s longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, and forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route.
- Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens was established in 1765 as a kitchen garden for the nearby castle. Today the 20 acre garden is filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. The garden has stunning views of the Dorset Jurassic coastline, a gift shop, the Old Colonial tea-house and a specialist plant nursery.
- Ben Lawers is a mountain in the southern part of the Scottish Highlands, lying on the northside of Loch Tay. It is one of the highest mountains in this area, standing at just over 1,200m high, and is part of the long ridge that includes seven Munros. The mountain has four ridges, most of which are covered in grass with occasional rocky outcrops. However, the slopes on the south and west ridge are very steep cliffs where beautiful alpine flowers grow.
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles. The gardens were created and enhanced by members of the Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and today still form part of the family’s Heligan estate. The gardens stood neglected after the First World War and then restored in the 1990s. The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, working flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area called “The Jungle” filled with sub-tropical tree ferns. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head. The gardens surround the house with the northern part which includes the main ornamental and vegetable gardens, being slightly higher than the house and sloping gently down to it. The areas to the west, south and east of the house slope steeply down into a series of valleys and are much wilder, including The Jungle and The Lost Valley. The gardens include a gift shop, multiple options to eat and plant shop.
- Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, privately owned by the Welds, a family who own 12,000 acres (50 km2) the Lulworth Estate. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word ‘thirl’ meaning bore or drill. The arch has formed on a concordant coastline where bands of rock run parallel to the shoreline. Here the rock strata are nearly vertical, and the bands of rock are quite narrow. Originally a band of resistant Portland limestone ran along the shore, the same band which can be seen one mile down the coast forming the narrow entrance to Lulworth Cove. Behind this is a 400-foot (120 m) band of weaker rocks which are easily eroded, and behind this is a stronger and much thicker band of chalk, which forms the Purbeck Hills. The limestone and chalk are much closer together here than at Swanage, 10 miles (16 km) to the east, where the distance between them is over 2 miles (3 km). There are at least three reasons for this. First, the beds are highly inclined here, and more gently angled at Swanage. Secondly, some of the beds have been cut out by faulting at Durdle Door; and thirdly, the area around Durdle Door appears to have been unusually shallow, so a much thinner sequence of sediments were deposited here. At Durdle Bay all except a short stretch of the limestone has been completely eroded away by the sea and the remainder forms a small headland where it has protected the clay behind. At the western end this band of limestone has been eroded through, creating the natural arch. Some teams at UNESCO have been working on saving both the arch and the beach which resides by it.