Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping well. Today for us is a sad day as by the time this goes out my family will be traveling back to our hometown, to say our final good byes to my mother-in-law, she was a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, that will be missed by many who knew her.
Today’s post is about 7 Natural Wonders of the UK. Many people when ask, could you name the 7 Natural Wonders, and that includes many people here in the UK. I must admit I was one of them, and that worried me surely, I should have known what each of them were, because let’s face it if you were asked to name the 7 wonders of the world, you can guarantee that most of them, if not all will get mentioned.
Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Jurassic Coast became England’s only natural World Heritage Site. The rocks, fossils, and landforms of the Jurassic Coast reveals 185 million years of history, that covers the entire Mesozoic period, that also includes the Jurassic era it is a 95-mile stretch of coast from Orcombe Point near Exmouth Devon, all the way to the Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in Dorset.
Jurassic Coast provides a sequence of rock formations covering Cretaceous, Triassic and the Jurassic periods, which is known as the Mesozoic Era, and is well-known for its contribution to the study of the earth’s sciences for over the past three hundred years. It eventually became engraved on to the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 2001, joining a worldwide family of some outstanding places like the Taj Mahal and the Victoria Falls.
Fossil hunting as become a tradition; it is a 200-year-old activity that goes along the Jurassic Coastline. Finding your own fossil is not only unique but special too, knowing that you are the only living person ever to have held it, is something special. This appears to all ages.
Wastwater, Lake District
Wastwater is a lake, in the Lake District and is situated in the wildest and most breath-taking valleys in the National Park. It is one of the most awe-inspiring lakes, that’s surrounded by a range of tall mountains, Great Gable, Red Pike. Kirk Fell, and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. The lake is 3 miles long, and sits at 260Ft deep, and it is the deepest of all the lakes, while the highest mountain stands tall at 978m, and has been voted Britain’s favourite view. The landscape and views have sparked the imaginations of Poets, Painters and climbers for centuries, and will go on and inspire people for centuries more.
The valley of Wasdale was created from the Ice Age glaciers, which consists of many carvings of U-shaped hollows in its hard volcanic rock. Even though the Ice Age began a few million years ago, it was during its latest cycle of extreme coldness, around 10,000 years ago, that caused this striking and beautiful Setting that we see before us today up in Cumbria’s Lake District.
Loch Coruisk & the Cuillins
Loch Coruisk means ‘Cauldron of Waters’ in Scottish Gaelic, it is the most spectacular of all the Scottish inland freshwater lochs that is situated at the heart of the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye. Whilst the head of the loch as surrounded itself on three sides of the towering volcanic Black Cuillins and connects to the Southern end of the sea by the Scavaig River, which then flows into Loch Scavaig. This loch as attracted so many artists over the centuries, because they want to encapsulate the dramatic effect and isolated beauty into their art. Taking a trip to Loch Coruisk will be worth a visit as it is home to many of Scotland’s best wildlife, including many common seals and other sea life, and has the best views that the Cuillins Mountain range has to offer.
Loch Coruisk is a truly inspirational place, as the Isle of Skye is renowned for its local music and culture. The most famous song to of come out of it is “The Skye Boat Song” in which it mentions the island, there is very few that knows the connection between the Skye Boat Song and Loch Coruisk. It was during 1790, whilst taking a trip along the loch, to the Isle of Skye that Miss MacLeod first heard the Gaelic air “Cuchag nan Craobh” (The Cuckoo in the Grove) being sung by the rowers. Miss MacLeod wrote down the music as she had remembered it, the lyrics were then added on later by Sir Harold Boulton.
The Needles, Isle of Wight
The Needles on the Isle of Wight is, one of the most photographed groups of rocks in the world, it forms the western tips of a backbone chalk that crosses the centre of the Island, stretching all the way to Culver Cliff, which then continues under the sea to Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck, it is believed that at one time it had been connected during its time to Old Harry Rocks, around 20 miles away.
They were originally four rocks, but you can see very clearly the gap, which resembles a missing tooth. The fourth and tallest needle like stack gave its name to these rocks, known as ‘Lot’s Wife’ which collapsed during a storm in 1764. Only when the tide is low, does the former 120ft pinnacle become visible to see, otherwise giving you three very distinctive, jagged chalk stacks that are unforgettable, giving you these classic views of the island, which rises up 98ft from the sea, and extends out into the ocean. The Needles are one of Isle of Wight’s most iconic sights,
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant Causeway is situated on the coast of County Antrim, in Northern Ireland, and it is their most famous landmark. It became part of UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986 and created a stunning and beautiful place that is renowned for its beauty, that just draws you in, from far and wide people would come and see this magnificent corner of the north Antrim coastline, The Giant causeway is the unique jewel in the crown, known to the Irish has the eighth Wonder of the World.
The Giant’s Causeway is an area of interlocking basalt columns, which came between 50 and 60 million years ago, when the Antrim coast exposed itself to the fierce volcanic activity, which causes the formation of these neatly packed columns when excessively cooled down it created these distinctive hexagonal shapes just as the riverbed would crack into shapes. The tops of the columns are like steppingstones that lead you to the foot of the cliff and soon disappears when the waves hit.
Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales
Pistyll Rhaeadr is situated just inside the Welsh border, west of Oswestry and Shrewsbury and where you will find Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, it is formed from streams that originated from Berwyn Mountains as it cascades into three stages to form the Afon Rhaeadr and it is one of Britain’s highest waterfalls standing at 240ft tall (80m) high the tallest single-drop waterfall, that captivates all who visit her. This is such a beautiful place and is every bit as enchanting and mesmerising, that leaves you wanting more.
Generation after generation take this place to their hearts, as they take in the spirit and presence of it. Many find that it’s a great place to explore the Berwyn Mountains and surrounding area, such as the hills, and as a variety of different walks to take, that would suit many people who like to go trekking. Tan-y-Pistyll, which stands for ‘little house under the waterfall,’ is where the tearoom will be.
Many find that it is very tranquil and serene as that is where they find their inner peace. It is a perfect place to come for artists, painters, poets, and writers, to find their inspiration, but it is a good place to do yoga and meditation, to forget about the outside world and be able to gather your inner thoughts.
Dovedale, Peak District
Dovedale is situated in the Peak District, it is renowned for its stunning rock formations, that’s created by water, ice, and wind erosion at the end of the Ice Age. The name refers to a stretch of the Dove valley, where the Dove River comes tumbling out through the limestone of the ravines,
The limestone rock of Dovedale and the wider part of the Peak District, consists of fossilised remains of marine life that is from the carboniferous period, which goes back to 350 million years ago, when that area was underneath a shallow tropical sea. When the Ice Age was ending there was a vast amount of melted water that cut through the layers of the limestone leaving behind the limestone rock formations.
Dovedale is managed by the National Trust that consists of ancient ash woodland, grasslands, wildflowers, and river wildlife. If you like to walk there is a fantastic walkway along the beautiful, picturesque River Dove, crossing the famous steppingstones, you can either climb Thorp Cloud, or carry-on and follow on up the river to the caves, reef-knolls, and limestone pinnacles.
Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you back here next week!