5 Peaceful Places to Visit in the UK

From time to time we get wrapped up in our busy lives. Sometimes, we need to step back and take a moment to breathe. Here at Go Outdoors, we believe that escaping those hectic schedules and spending some time in the outdoors, is beneficial for our mental health, helping us to feel revived and refreshed!

Recently, we’ve teamed up with Mind charity, to raise awareness of mental health and the benefits the outdoors has on us! Our new campaign, HatsOnForMind, is a campaign for better mental health. We’ve designed a collection of limited-edition Mind branded hats with the help of our celebrity brand ambassadors Julia Bradbury, Helen Skelton, Sean Fletcher and David Seaman. 100% of the profits of these hats will go to Mind charity.

 You can read more about this amazing new campaign here.

If you want to get outdoors, escape the hustle and bustle and take in some of the most mesmerising scenery at relaxing locations, then check out these five peaceful places to visit in the UK.

1. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

A truly tranquil location. Situated in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, the Fairy Pools are a natural waterfall phenomenon, offering breath taking views combined with the peaceful sound of running water. This beautiful series of waterfalls run into crystal clear rock pools of mountain spring water, which some adventurers even swim in. However, these waters can get extremely cold, so it’s advised to take a wet suit and ensure all necessary safety precautions are followed if you are taking a dip in the pools.

You can enjoy a stunning walk from the car park up to the Fairy Pools, taking in fresh air whilst appreciating the spectacular views of the Cullin Mountains, which overlook the village of Glen Brittle. If you’re looking for a picturesque location where you can escape the hustle and bustle, the Fairy Pools is perfect; a very relaxing and mesmerising place to visit in the UK.

2. Barfundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Inhale the fresh seaside air as you take in this beautiful beach landscape. Barfundle Bay, located near Stackpole Quay in Pembrokeshire, is a small bay backed by dunes and pine trees – the perfect place to unwind. The stretch of golden sands and clear blue waters is easy on the eye, whilst the sound of the tide lapping on the beach, gives a sense of ultimate relaxation.

This beach is only accessible via a half mile walk from the nearest carpark, making it an ideal spot if you’re wanting to escape the business of towns and roads and spend some time by the sea.

3. White Cliffs of Dover

There’s something peaceful about the White Cliffs of Dover. These iconic and striking chalky white cliffs stretch across the English coastline in Kent, facing the Strait of Dover and France. ‘The Straight of Dover’ is the narrow stretch of ocean between England and France and at its shortest part, measures approximately 20 miles. On a clear day, the Cliffs can be seen from France at this shortest part.

Reaching heights of 350 feet, you can walk over the clifftops to reveal stunning views of the English Channel. Take in the breath-taking scenery and enjoy this celebrated UK landmark, a stunning location to find tranquillity!

4. Buttermere, Lake District

Buttermere Lake, situated in the Lake District, boasts the most impressive scenery in a calm location, making it perfect for a taking some time out to relax. The adjacent village of Buttermere takes its name from the lake. Overlooked by towering fells, the peaceful valley in which Buttermere resides is accessible only by one road running through, making it ideal for escaping busy city life and being at one with nature.

You can walk around Buttermere Lake, taking in the jaw dropping views, whilst breathing in the fresh air that surrounds it. This stunning location is the perfect place to unwind.

5. Polperro, Cornwall

Be transported to the Amalfi Coast. This idyllic old fishing village situated in Cornwall within the Polperro Heritage Coastline, is a great place for some peace. The streets of Polperro are so narrow that cars are banned, meaning you can explore the village on foot, traffic-free. With cottages that cling to the cliffs, a picturesque harbour and turquoise blue sea, this beautiful location is the ideal spot for some time out.

Check out our video below to see what our very own brand ambassador, Julia Bradbury, thinks on the outdoors benefiting our mental health.

If you want some more advice and inspiration like this, check out our wellbeing blogs here.