The UK is renowned for having fantastic countryside. Sweeping hillsides, breath-taking mountains and iridescent meadows, not mention stately homes and gardens. In fact, there's very little that can beat the natural landscape.
Some of the most beautiful places in the UK you can visit belong to the National Trust. The organisation works to preserve the cultural heritage of various locations all around the country - ranging from buildings and natural wonders to nature reserves - meaning we still have the opportunity to enjoy them.
Located throughout the United Kingdom, they represent some of the best and most scenic areas in the UK, and all of them are worth a visit. However, not all of them are straight off the motorway. Some of the best areas lie off the beaten track, and a Land Rover vehicle makes a fitting counterpart to go exploring with whatever the weather.
It provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy everything quintessentially British: the countryside and Land Rover; providing you with almost limitless activities to experience and enjoy.
Much like the National Trust encompasses the best the UK has to offer in scenic countryside, Stratstone has the best to offer when it comes to premium vehicles. Here, we've picked out our favourite National Trust sites which offer a great excuse to get out in to the countryside.
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
One of the oldest nature reserves in Britain, and also the first to be registered by the National Trust, is Wicken Fen. Surprisingly enough, it is one of only four wild fens that is still going strong in the East Anglia area. There is fenland, farmland, marsh and reedbeds to enjoy, with a variety of invertebrates, plants and birds that call this place home - making it an excellent place for birdwatching.
The site is open all year round except for Christmas Day, from dawn to dusk. Sometimes, paths may close due to wet weather and other areas can become completely inaccessible. Amenities include a visitor centre, cafe and shop which are open from 10am to 5pm.
Orford Ness, Suffolk
You'll never find another National Trust location that's as unique as Orford Ness. Originally it was used by the Ministry of Defence for covert experiments during both world wars and the Cold War - such as nuclear weapon testing programmes.
Now it's renowned as an internationally important site when it comes to nature conservation. A large portion of European vegetated shingle habitat resides here, which is not only scarce but highly fragile. Due to this, the opening times are extremely limited. There is still unexploded ordnance in the area which is notified by signage.
Situated in Liverpool is Formby, a town in Merseyside. The coastal areas are of particular interest - inhabited by red squirrels, Natterjack toads and beautiful natural seaside.
This is an important area for the red squirrel, the indigenous species which is in decline. Formby is one of the few locations that they can be seen, as the infamous grey squirrel occupies most areas.
Formby is the sort of place to go and relax, enjoying the natural beauty of the area. What's even more interesting is how erosion of the sand has revealed layers of mud with evidence of human and animal prints dating back between 8000 and 5000 years ago - one for the real archaeologists.
Clent Hills, Worcestershire
Situated in the heart of the Midlands, there are miles of footpaths in Clent Hills that provide you with amazing views of the Shropshire Hills, Cotswold and Welsh borders. There are so many landmarks in the area, including a mock castle (pictured) which is open to exploration, and The Four Stones.
Walton Hill is one on the more peaceful areas, and it's also a vital place for bird breeding and rare insects. There's plenty to discover, including various local myths and legends, historic battles and other tourist opportunities. It makes a great area for birdwatching in the summer months.
Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk
Hidden away on the Suffolk Coast, Dunwich Heath is a great location for peace and quiet whilst staying close to nature. The National Trust has owned this location since 1968 - due, in part, to it being a rare area of coastal lowland heath. Originally it formed most of the Suffolk coast, but has been used for agricultural purposes, or simply built upon.
There are a variety of reptiles, animals and birds that live in the heath. This includes Red Deer, Dartford Warblers, Muntjacs, Stonechats, Nightjars, slow-worms, grass snakes, Adders and common lizards. Don't forget the beach either, which was once home to the largest coastal village in England.
Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Hadrians Wall is an historic British icon, with construction starting back in 122 AD. To this day, there remains no recorded definitive explanation of why this wall was built, but it is suspected that it could be a defence mechanism to prevent invasions- or simply to draw a boundary .
Although there's a walking path that follows the wall, there are other locations en-route including Housesteads Fort, Milecastle 37 and Sycamore Gap.
This is an amazing opportunity to get a true insight into Roman military life, and how such a great architectural feat was achieved with such basic technology - as well as explore a scenic landscape with rolling hills.
Allen Banks & Staward Gorge, Northumberland
Allen Banks and Staward Gorge is one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in Northumberland. There's plenty of river and gorge scenery to enjoy, but there's also the 41 hectare Steward Peel Sire of Special Scientific Interest, which features miles of marked walks.
This area is mostly associated with being a home for flora, fauna and fungi, but there are also rare wild garlic, bluebells and ramsons that are often studied by scientists. For families, this is a great location, and there are even National Trust Ranger events, where over a course of a few days you see what is exactly required to work for the National Trust.
Newark Park, Gloucestershire
There may be a number of stately buildings that are owned by the National Trust, but Newark Park is completely unique. It's situated in a remote corner of south Gloucestershire, being regarded as an unspoilt secret with little sign of human life in any direction. Not only can you explore the beautiful building, but there's also alluring gardens and sprawling parkland to enjoy.
Originally, it was created by an English courtier for Henry VIII, so there's an interesting history behind it. Through the years, various exhibitions have also been held here, ranging from how the building was used during the First World War to Easter egg trails.
Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire
Placed within a beautiful spot of the South Pennines, with over 400 acres of unspoilt woodland, Hardcastle Crags is a great Northwest location to visit. It's the home to the 'northern hairy wood ant', which is only found in this corner of Britain. There are also spectacular waterfalls and 12 miles of footpaths to explore.
At the very heart of this location is Gibson Mill. Now converted into a family oriented visitor centre, it explains the valleys extensive 200 year history. It's also perfect for young children, as there are interactive displays, dressing up booths, dancing events and exciting exhibitions.
Abergwesyn Common, Powys, Wales
Situated over 12 miles from Nant Irfon valley, Abergwesyn Common is an expansive valley perfect for keen hikers. Often referred to as the rooftop of Wales, there are staggering sights to embrace, from the surrounding areas to the impressive stone landmarks.
It's astounding how much history is on offer here. There are medieval villages and Bronze Age ritual sites that have been left intact. Seeing how people used to live all these years ago is a unique experience that will always remain with you.