5 Nature Spots To Visit in the UK

It's becoming clear that time outside does wonders for our mental health, so we've rounded up some of our favourite places to visit in the UK for when you're needing a little break from the hustle and bustle of life.

Read about our top five UK escapes below with some food places to visit along the way too!

1. Wareham, Dorset

A historic market town in the south of England, and based along the River Frome, Wareham is a quaint place to escape to. With some gorgeous historical architecture and a little high street, it’s a perfect place for a weekend staycation.

Right on the high street is The Salt Pig - a farm shop selling local produce from meat to fresh veg and seafood delivered by local fishermen on a daily basis. Relax in the small restaurant or buy food to prepare wherever you’re staying!

If you’re looking for a classic, filling meal, head to The Old Granary. A gorgeous pub right on the water’s edge with a panoramic view of the river. Selling traditional pub food to an exceptional standard, from steak frites, to warm deep filled apple pie, it’s an ultimate place to recreate home comfort.

For something a little fancier, but still as satisfying, try The Italian Kitchen. With a large range of antipasti, pasta and pizza, it’s a little slice of Italy in the Dorset countryside.

2. Hampstead Hill Garden & Pergola, London

A little closer to home (for us at least) is Hampstead Hill Garden & Pergola. Just west of the heath, the Pergola, commissioned in 1904, is a gorgeously historic place to get lost in the middle of the city. Although the building is a little run down, you can still appreciate the architecture and gorgeous garden that surrounds it.

Close by is the Bull & Bush, a very cosy, traditional pub with a menu of tasty gourmet pub grub. Serving a fine dining-style roast on Sundays and everything from Asian Duck Salad to Margherita Pizza too. Their beer garden is on a main road, but it does get the sun until early evening.

For something a bit more adventurous, we love DIEP, a Thai takeaway with a massive menu of curries, noodles, wok dishes, street food and more, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options!

One of our brunch/light lunch faves in the area Les Filles Kitchen have recently moved out of Hampstead, but you can visit the in Paddington or Lancaster Gate if you're near. They also do home deliveries in London, just call them the day before to place your order!

3. Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales

For the ultimate getaway, why not head to the smallest town in Britain?! With a population of less than 1,000, this the place to go if you’re looking for a little time on your own.

We have to admit, there isn't much here! But sometimes that’s just what you need. If you are looking to eat out, in the centre of town is Dover’s Rest, a riverside B&B with an innovative yet traditionally Scottish restaurant, with a menu full of Welsh cheese, locally reared pork and fresh seafood.

4. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

From the smallest town in the UK. to the largest national park! The Cairngorms National Park is roughly 4,528 square km situated in the North East of Scotland, and with a rare alpine semi-tundra habitat, is home to some distinctive plants and animals, including lots of unique bird species, so grab the binoculars!

For a comfy home cooked meal, head to the Balavoulin. From nachos to bangers & mash, you will find something for the whole family to enjoy. And if you’re a sports fan, you can sit back and enjoy the game too.

If you’re in search of a cheeky pint, you’ll want to seek out The Winking Owl. With a wide range of award-winning beers, you can treat yourself after a long walk, or even along the way. Their Bothy Bar is also dog friendly, so you take your little four-legged pals too!

5. Coniston, Lake District

In the southern quarter of the Lake District is Coniston Lake, a place known for inspiring many works of artist/philosopher John Ruskin. This is a great place if you’re into a little bit of outdoor activity, like canoeing! Hire a boat and hit the water on the third largest lake in the Lake District.

On the shores of Coniston is the Bluebird Cafe. Whether you’re in the mood for a small snack like a cake or ice cream or are wanting more of a meal, they have a long menu of family favourites for breakfast and lunch. Sit out in the heated terrace for an idyllic view!

The Brantwood Terrace is a casual restaurant situated in the former coach house, they serve coffee, fresh pastries and alcohol if you’re just stopping in, as well as a seasonal menu with veggie, vegan and kids options too.

For more like this, head to 'Top 8 Picnic Spots in London' Part I and II.