This year the Summer Solstice falls on the 21st of June, marking the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. If you're anything like us, you'll be eager to get out and explore the great outdoors while the sun is at its peak. According to the Telegraph, "The UK will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight." So grab your sunglasses and celebrate the longest day of the year with a UK break. We've rounded up our favourite places to watch the sunset and make the most of the brighter evenings below.
If you're looking for an impressive geological wonder with show-stopping views, then look no further. This vast, curving cliff has attracted visitors for centuries. (If it's good enough for Harry Potter, it's good enough for us). Looking out over the picturesque village of Malham, the views will not disappoint. Climb to the unique limestone pavement and watch the setting sun. The surrounding area is brimming with wildlife, woodland and waterfalls. Check out our excellent deals here.
Located at the highest point in Holyrood Park, head to Arthur's Seat for panoramic sunset views. It towers up from the remains of an ancient volcano. The walk to the top is worth it, we promise. Make sure to visit the 15th-century chapel ruins along the way. Duddingston Loch is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is only a short walk from Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile at the heart of the city. With a rich history, magnificent architecture and stunning cityscapes, Edinburgh has it all.
Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and beautiful walks, the Peak District has an abundance of spectacular sunset spots. With stunning views of the Dark Peak moorlands, Stanage Edge takes the crown. Situated north of Hathersage, the gritstone edge is ideal for rock climbing and walking. As the sun sets along the four-mile stretch, pick a spot and enjoy the show.
There are many great places to enjoy the sunset on Norfolk's coast, but Holkham Beach takes some beating. At high tide, the semi-circular basin sitting behind the shoreline transforms into a spectacular lagoon. The unspoilt stretch of golden sand is perfect for long walks at sunset. Backed by windswept sand dunes and pinewoods, the surrounding area is rich in wildlife. Explore Holkham National Nature Reserve, one of the largest in the country; it's home to many rare species of flora and fauna.
For a postcard-worthy sunset, head to Pooley Bridge in Ullswater. This enchanting lake is enveloped by striking mountain scenery to the south and rolling hills to the north. As the sun sets, head to the Pier House for an incredible view of Ullswater. Best of all, no hiking is required. Don't forget your camera!
Searching for a sunset straight out of a fairytale? With a castle view around every corner, take a spell-binding trip to Bamburgh. Whether you want to catch some great waves or build sandcastles with the kids, Bamburgh beach is a long-held family favourite. Take your dog for a stroll along the mile-long beach overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle. As the sun starts to go down, grab a picnic blanket, pick a spot and prepare to be amazed. The dramatic silhouette is spectacular at sunset (and sunrise).
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