They’re wild, they’re dramatic, and they’re all too often shunned in favour of their busy next door neighbours. We take a look at some of the UK’s wonderfully quiet landscapes


Rhobell Fawr

Arenigs, Snowdonia

Specifically: Rhobell Fawr and Dduallt

An alternative to: Snowdonia’s beasts

Expect: small hills but big views; a corner of Snowdonia all to yourself

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Ystwyth Valley

The Ystwyth Valley

Specifically: Lan-fawr, Yr Allt and Blaen-y-clawdd-du

An alternative to: the Elan Valley

Expect: open hill tops, with fast-flowing streams, and views to the mountains in the north and south

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The High Weald

The High Weald, South-east England

Specifically: Wadhurst and Lamberhurst

An alternative to: the South Downs

Expect: short climbs through hillsides thick with old woodland; and some characterful local pubs

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Specifically: Valley of Rocks and Dunkery Hill

An alternative to: Dartmoor

Expect: flora, fauna, wilderness and weather

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Forest of Bowland

The Forest of Bowland, Lancashire

Specifically: Ward’s Stone and Thorn Crag

An alternative to: the Yorkshire Dales

Expect: peaks often shrouded in mist and a damp valley floor that’s speckled with woods and scarred by bristling streams. A dark, mysterious, beautiful place.

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Galloway Hills

The Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway

Specifically: The Merrick and Mullwharchar

An alternative to: the Southern Highlands

Expect: an otherworldy place of lumped hills filled with placenames that evoke hobgoblin plots of doom and disaster: Dungeon Hill, the Murder Hole, The Wolf Slock…

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Nidderdale, North Yorkshire

Specifically: Pateley Bridge and Washburn Valley

An alternative to: the Yorkshire Dales

Expect: a landscape of almost equal beauty to the Dales. Outside of National Park protection but still with the distinction of AONB status

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White Peak

Western Peak District

Specifically: Shining Tor and the Goyt Valley

An alternative to: High Peak

Expect: some hefty climbs, desolate summits and expansive views of the Goyt Valley

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The Flow Country

The Flow Country, Sutherland

Specifically: Ben Griam Mor and Ben Griam Beg

An alternative to: Bens Loyal & Hope

Expect: pure, simple, complete and utter wilderness

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Applecross, Torridon

Specifically: Beinn Bhan and Sgurr a’ Chaorachain

An alternative to: Torridon

Expect: “wonderfully rugged and corrie sculpted hills”. The even wilder side of Torridon

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