Rolling hills and dramatic mountain peaks attract us with their wildness and natural beauty, their spectacular views and magnificent contrasts. Britain has some incredible hill tops, with sweeping views out across the surrounding landscapes. If you’re looking for camping locations in the UK, then here are some ideas to inspire.
Quantock Hills, Somerset
The Quantock Hills stretch from the Vale of Taunton Deane to the Bristol Channel and offer walkers superb views across the surrounding area, including Exmoor and the Mendip Hills. The hills are clothed in gorse and heather throughout summer, while below are winding streams and mossy oak woodlands.
Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
The Malvern Hills are a small range of steep-sided but impressively beautiful hills, with the town of Great Malvern lying below. Natural springs emerge from the hills and the wells to be found here have been a part of the area’s history for centuries. Walk through woodland and along ridges, explore an Iron Age hill and climb to the highest point of the hills, the Worcestershire Beacon. Several landmarks can be spotted from the top, such as the Severn Estuary and the Wrekin, a hill in Shropshire.
Located in the more southerly part of Snowdonia National Park, the hilltop of Tarrenhendre has beautiful views over the undulating hills. This is a world away from the dramatic peaks of the more northerly mountains, including Snowdon itself, but those in search of gorgeous vistas need not be disappointed. Look out for Cardigan Bay and the Dyfi Estuary mudflats, together with the massif of Pumlumon and the glorious slopes of Cader Idris.
Castle Crag, Cumbria
The Lake District has miles and miles of wonderful hikes. Castle Crag is a relatively small hill, and it’s a fairly accessible and very pleasant ascent, the route winding through pretty riverside and woodland. The outlook from the summit is suitably impressive, with some of the most enchanting views to be found in the area.
Simonside Hills, Northumberland
The Simonside Hills were formed from sandstone deposited over 300 million years ago, and their distinctive shapes are the result of erosion that has occurred since then. There are many Bronze Age burial tombs and rock carvings on the hillsides and summits. But one of the major attractions, of course, is the views, such as that stretching out towards the rolling Cheviot Hills.
Ben Lomond, Scotland
One of Scotland’s most accessible hills, Ben Lomond overlooks the enchantingly beautiful Loch Lomond – one of the most beautiful and celebrated lochs in the entire country. On a clear sunny day it is glorious, the loch below sparkling and shimmering sapphire blue.
Unsurprisingly, many of the best of Britain’s hill tops lie in Scotland. The Isle of Skye, lying off the west coast, is well known for its Black Cuillins, with their dramatic jagged peaks. Also on Skye are the Red Cuillins, which are in comparison lower lying, gentler and more rounded hills. They are also more easily accessible, offering smoother ascents. Glamaig is the highest point of the Red Cuillins, a huge cone shaped mountain rising fantastically out of the rolling landscape. The views from the top across the island are simply breathtaking.