1. Gower Peninsula, South Wales
Back in 1956, the Gower Peninsula became the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s not difficult to see why.
Just a short drive from Swansea, the Gower Peninsula feels like a whole other world, complete with soaring limestone cliffs, lush woodlands, and incredible views of the Welsh coast. It’s also home to some of Britain’s best waves, which is why surfers have been making pilgrimages to the golden beaches at Llangennith for decades and will continue to do so for many years to come.