8. Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham
Geographical landforms: High Force waterfall
The impressive High Force is a fantastic example of a waterfall and plunge pool (photo @vleegeog)
Who doesn’t love a waterfall? We’re spoilt for choice for waterfalls in the upland areas of the UK. In UK classrooms the waterfall which is most often talked about by teachers is High Force on the River Tees. It is the epitome of a textbook waterfall, complimented by a gorge and a deep plunge pool at its base.
Water cascades 70 feet (20 metres) over it and the roar of the water can be felt as well as seen as you move closer to the falls through the secluded woodland paths which hug the river from the parking area at Bowles.
This circular walk passes the smaller Low Force first, which gives a taster of the bigger brother further on. Continue past High Force before heading home past Whiteholm Bank crossing back over the river at Wynch Bridge.
9. West Lulworth, Dorset
Geographical landforms: Coves, blow holes, arches, stacks and stumps
West Lulworth, Dorset: Coves, blow holes, arches, stacks and stumps
Walking route in OS Maps for: West Lulworth, Dorset
Distance: 6 km / Time: 2 hours
Durdle Door is the perfect example of a natural limestone arch (photo @dawnH1969)
Visitors to Dorset are spoilt for choice for amazing and iconic geographical landforms along the Jurassic Coast as well as opportunities to fossil hunt in locations such as Kimmeridge Bay.
Head to the carpark at Lulworth Cove and instantly you’re drawn to an incredible natural circular bay which is the first indication that this coastline has been carved dramatically by years of erosion.
This circular route takes you along the cliff tops West on a small section of the South West Coastal Path, keep your eyes peeled for blow holes! You cannot miss Durdle Door as it majestically appears below you. Perhaps one of, if not the most iconic physical geography landform in the UK, the natural limestone arch is one of the most photographed natural landmarks in the country and is an obvious example of the sea’s ability to sculpt the coast.
The walk returns to Lulworth Cove via Lulworth via the farms at Newlands and Hambury.
10. Sourmilk Gill, Cumbria
Geographical landforms: Tarns, hanging and U-shaped valleys
Sourmilk Gill, Cumbria: Tarns, hanging and U-shaped valleys
Walking route in OS Maps for: Sourmilk Gill, Cumbria
Distance: 8 km / Time: 3 hours
The Borrowdale valley sketched from the hanging valley of Sourmilk Gill
South of Derwent Water the tiny hamlet of Seathwaite in Borrowdale is one of the wettest parts of the UK and receives around 140 inches of rain a year. Catch it on a dry day however and the hikes up the valleys here are spectacular, offering views of the glaciated and intensely green valley below.
This circular walk starts with a hefty climb up Sourmilk Gill. This textbook example of a hanging valley has been created as a result of a smaller less powerful tributary glacier feeding into the main glacial flow and being unable to erode as deep vertically, subsequently leaving this feeder valley ‘hanging’ as the ice melted.
Continue up the valley to the top of Great Gable before returning to Seathwaite alongside Styhead Gill which is fed by Styhead Tarn. Look out for waterfalls on the way especially the impressive Taylorgill Force.
So there you have it – 10 of the best walks to take in some of the classic geographical landforms across Great Britain. Find some stunning landforms near you and tag us in on social media.
Remember to take care of the great outdoors and follow the Countryside Code at all times.