Feeling low? Go high

Brush away those winter blues this New Year by visiting one of our suggested high spots and taking in some glorious views. There’s nothing quite like the view you get from the top – it’s the closest you’ll get to a bird’s eye view and can make you feel on top of the world again.

Couple admiring view at Brimham Rocks
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Brimham Rocks 

After marvelling at these dramatic rock formations, including the Dancing Bear and Druids’ Writing Desk, try our ‘Pastures and panoramas walk’ for stunning views over the Yorkshire Dales countryside. You’ll also see manmade landmarks such as the curious RAF radomes on Menwith Hill. Take a peek through the telescope at the visitor centre for views across the surrounding moorland.

A view of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge from the water

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

If you’re brave enough to cross this 65ft (20m) bridge, stretching from the mainland to ‘Rocky Island', you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views of Rathlin Island, Scotland and the Causeway Coast. Get a bird’s eye view of the clear, green water flowing around the ancient caves and caverns far below – if you dare to look down. Suspended almost 100ft (30m) above sea level, this impressive rope bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755.

Three-sided 18th century Prospect Twer at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele, the Prospect Tower 

Climb to the top of the folly behind Cotehele house for fantastic views of the Calstock Viaduct, Dartmoor, the Tamar Valley and Plymouth Sound. The folly is unusual in that it only has three sides – but many people don’t notice this until they get really close to it. The distinctive tower is something of a mystery, but was probably built in the mid-18th century. We installed the stairs in around 1980, and the folly is open 365 days a year.

A view of Corfe Castle from the outer bailey
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Corfe Castle 

Start at Corfe Castle and then walk the ridge towards Old Harry Rocks for panoramas over Poole Harbour, Swanage and the Isle of Wight. If you're not feeling up to the walk back, you can jump on the steam train back to Corfe.

Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry
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Downhill Demesne, Mussenden Temple 

Perched dramatically on a 120ft (37m) cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean, a visit to the temple offers panoramic views. From its location in Downhill Demesne, you can look out over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal to the west and to the east towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head. The temple was built in 1785 as a summer library, its architecture inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome.

Sycamore Gap during the night

Hadrian’s Wall, Housesteads Fort

For an aerial view of a different kind, try a bit of stargazing at Housesteads on Hadrian’s Wall. On a clear night you should be able to see around 4000 sparkling stars.

A winter view from Leith Hill Tower, Surrey
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Leith Hill, Leith Hill Tower 

Admire views from the highest point in South East England. You might even spot a boat on the English Channel from the top of the tower and on a clear day you can see all the way to central London. Leith Hill Tower was built in 1765 as 'a place for people to come and enjoy the glory of the English countryside,' by Richard Hull of Leith Hill Place

View from top of the Gazebo at Sheringham Park
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Sheringham Park, the Gazebo 

Blow away the cobwebs with a climb up 192 steps to enjoy beautiful views of the north Norfolk countryside and coastline. The Gazebo was originally the site of a signal station during the early 19th century when the threat of a Napoleonic invasion was very real. It was installed by Humphrey Repton after his visit to Sheringham in 1812.

Enjoy the far reaching views from the tower when you visit
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Sissinghurst Castle, Gatehouse 

Get a new angle on the world-famous garden and surrounding countryside from the building that housed Vita Sackville-West’s study. The most distinctive architectural feature of Sissinghurst, this four-storey red-brick Elizabethan tower was built in the 1530s by Sir John Baker, one of Henry VIII’s Privy Councillors. The tower is capped with octagonal turrets.

The viewing platform from the Rock Top Walk at Standen, West Sussex.

Standen House and Garden, Rock Top Walk

See this Arts & Crafts inspired garden from a new vantage point - the recently opened Rock Top Walk. The new viewing platform at the top of the garden provides stunning views over the Sussex High Weald, Ashdown Forest and East Grinstead.