Five Of The Best Places To Watch The Sun Rise and Set
He’s been hiding away, but now he’s got his hat on and he’s coming out to play. We’ve rounded up the best places to watch the sun rise and set across Britain.
The result of over 5,000 years graft and evolution, Stonehenge is a world-renowned landmark – although its reason for being is still a mystery which confounds experts.
Elusive as its origins may be, the prehistoric monument remains a site of religious significance, pilgrimage, and famously plays host to bi-annual summer and winter solstice celebrations.
Whether that tickles your chakra or not, it’s estimated that over a thirty million man hours have gone into the completion of the ancient monument – so what better place to kick back and take in a sweet sunset?
Aberavon Beach Port Talbot, Wales
Gazing out upon Swansea Bay, Aberavon Beach is a South Wales surfing paradise, attracting wetsuit-sporting dudes and dudettes from all over British Isles.
But if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, worry not – it’s also an excellent place to watch the sun meet the sea.
With the glow gleaming and glittering on the horizon, Aberavon Beach offers some of the best sunsets on the west coast.
Now that’s totally rad.
Primrose Hill, London
Looking for a heavenly, hideout retreat from the hustle bustle of the Smoke?
If so, the good news is that Primrose Hill is probably the place for you.
The bad news? Well, it’s exactly what it says on the tin – a hill. But a hill with a mighty fine view of the London landscape, and a fantastic position from which to watch the sky burn from blue to orange.
So get on those comfortable shoes, buckle up, and head to Regents Park. If the journey to the top doesn’t take your breath away, the view certainly will.
Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Located right in the centre of the Scottish capital, Calton Hill not only overlooks some of the city’s most famous landmarks, it also houses them, too.
Unmissable, with its Athenian acropolis standing proud on the skyline, the mound is the headquarters of the Scottish government – and one of the most picturesque dawn and dusk viewpoints in Britain.
But before you go racing down there, note that the best sunset views are seasonal – to be precise, anytime between October and February.
During those winter months, the sun sets on the front of the hill, which faces the city centre and famous Edinburgh castle.
As the old saying goes – ‘good things come to those who wait’.
Curbar Edge, Derbyshire
Tucked away in the Derwent Valley, Curbar Edge juts out above a rolling landscape to offer panoramic views of the Peak District.
The cliff overhangs neighbouring villages Calver and Curbar, often shrouded in low-hanging cloud as they nestle below, and makes the perfect chocolate-box vantage point.
Flanked by Froggatt Edge and Stanage Edge, the scenery has a habit of making a person feel very small – and, backed with a warm, amber haze, the rocks are quite the spectacle.
Just don’t look down.