Great Britain is a great beauty indeed. With more and more people opting for a staycation instead of traveling abroad, we’re here to help you rediscover your Britain and all the beauty there is to behold across the British Isles. Whether you love the countryside, cities or beaches – you will find an abundance of each up and down the country.
Here’s Hallmark Hotels’ insider guide to the marvelous hills of Britain for you to add to your list of places to visit and explore this year!
Hills of the Lake District
The Lake District National Park is a magical place that happens to be home to England’s tallest mountain.
Scafell Pike is a mountain rather than a hill of course but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth exploring. It sits at an elevation of 978m and is a very popular destination for walkers, hikers, bikers and rock climbers. The surrounding fells are glorious to behold as well, so ensure you set aside a few days for exploring.
Visiting the lakes themselves is a magical experience which will transport you to another time when England was wild and untamed, and when literary geniuses like Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter wandered those very lands and took inspiration from the surrounding landscapes. Wastwater, the deepest lake in England is surrounded by a backdrop of rugged mountains: Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, and Scafell Pike.
There are in fact over 200 fell tops in the Lake District, so when exploring the area and seeking out hills and fells to climb, you really can take your pick. One particularly excellent walk is around Castlerigg – a stone circle erected in about 3000 BC. This atmospheric and somewhat magical circle of 38 stones is set against the breath-taking and dramatic backdrop of Helvellyn Mountain (the third highest point in England) and High Seat Fell. It is an unforgettable experience, so don’t miss it!
Just a 35-minute drive from the Lake District, you’ll find the ideal place to stay during your visit to the lakes: Hallmark Hotel Carlisle. Relax under the high ceilings and large bay windows that are typical of regal Victorian buildings and enjoy a perfect night’s sleep in one of our elegant yet comfy suites, after a long day of walking. You can also download our free guide to Carlisle and the local area which is packed full of ideas on how to make the most of your time in the area, with activities for every season.
Hills to the North – The Pennines; the Peaks & the Dales
Elsewhere in the north, you have the Pennines comprising the marvelous Yorkshire Dales and glorious Peak District. This area is one of the most scenic in Britain where you will come across fells, crags, hills and exceptionally beautiful natural landscapes for miles and miles.
You will also come across incredible limestone rocks, peat bogs, moorland and millstone grit across parts of the Pennines, giving the area its reputation for being an untamed wilderness, characterised in books written by the likes of the Brontë sisters (most famously, Wuthering Heights).
The most mountainous terrain is found in the North Pennines where you have Cross Fell in Eastern Cumbria, which is 2,930 feet high, Great Dun Fell (2,782 ft), Mickle Fell (2,585 ft) and Burnhope Seat (2,451 ft).
After days of exploring these picturesque lands, head to one of our hotels in Derby to rest your head and recharge your batteries. Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland has 150 years of history and has welcomed many distinguished guests over the decades, including Queen Victoria when she visited Derby. Where better to stay if you want to absorb the full history of this amazing area.
There are a range of peaks to explore in the Yorkshire Dales too. Notably Wild Boar Fell, Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and High Seat. Further down in the South Pennines and Peak District, the main peaks to discover are Kinder Snout, Black Chew Head, Bleaklow and Winter Hill.
You can also visit moors, marshes, waterfalls and exquisite Yorkshire villages oozing with history and local culture. So be sure to set aside some time to explore to the area!
While you’re in this part of the country, it makes sense to stay with us at Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland which is less than an hour’s drive from the Yorkshire Dales. This award-winning hotel is the ideal base for a north-west adventure, where the Hallmark Grill will serve you feel-good food which was awarded the Taste of Lancashire award. You can also indulge in total relaxation in our health club where you’ll find an indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi, allowing you the perfect recovery after your days out. Along with super comfy beds, super-fast Wi-Fi and lots of little luxuries, this will be a hotel stay to remember.
Hills and Mountains of Scotland
In the glorious and ancient lands of Scotland, you are utterly spoilt for choice in terms of lakes, hills and mountainous terrain. Scotland is after all where you will find the spellbinding Highlands and the highest mountain in the British Isles; the majestic Ben Nevis.
Climbing Ben Nevis is an adventure best-suited for experienced hikers and climbers, as it is a 1344m tall mountain – not for the faint-hearted! There are so many beautiful hills, fells and mountains across the Highlands and endless opportunities for walks and bike rides… Not to mention, hundreds of hauntingly beautiful spots to sit and marvel at unforgettable views.
Another beautiful spot in the Highlands is Cairngorms National Park in north-east Scotland, home to the Cairngorm mountain range as well as other hill ranges like the Angus Glens and the Monadhliath, and lower areas like Strathspey and upper Deeside.
This spectacular landscape offers rare wildlife sightings (the golden eagle can be found here!), rivers, lochs, ski slopes, forest walks and a plethora of incredible views and activities.
Your perfect base to explore such a landscape is Hallmark Hotel Aberdeen Airport, ideally located within an hour’s drive of the park. Your blissfully comfortable hotel bed coupled with the fresh air from your highland adventures will ensure you sleep like a baby during your trip.
The hotel features everything you need to enjoy an exhilarating trip to this bonnie land and discover the tremendous mountains, hills, lochs and woodlands it has to offer. Luxurious bedding, soft comfortable beds, state-of-the-art amenities, excellent food as well as a rip-roaring social calendar should you be in the mood for a party after a busy day of discovery!
Hallmark Hotels proudly encourage you to #discoveryourbritain this year – to go on adventures, explore parts of Great Britain you’ve always wanted to see and to visit places you’ve never even heard of. There is so much to see and learn; these ancient lands are rich in history, natural beauty, culture and wilderness – and all on your doorstep!
Make the most of our two-night getaway breaks across our 26 nationwide hotels so you can discover your Britain bit by bit, staying in comfort and saving money!