Landmarks are distinct, recognisable architectural or natural features. In the United Kingdom, landmarks are quintessential representations of the long and prestigious history of the British Isles and the beautiful landscapes the UK has to offer.
Woodlands Park, Roman Baths (Bath)
The beautiful city of Bath is bountiful with landmarks but its namesake is arguably the most impressive hallmark within the romanesque city. The Roman Baths were built in the design still seen today by the Romans during their invasion in AD 75, making the baths almost 2,000 years old. The water is heated naturally by the faults in the limestone beneath the city and its source and unique properties are a real point of wonder.
Since the initial construction, the bathhouses and surrounding buildings have experienced many rises and falls as the city developed. The landmark today is a leisure destination and a historical experience for all of those who wish to see archaic architecture and one-of-a-kind artefacts. With over one million visitors a year, it is one of the most popular tourist spots in the UK and when you’ve visited it’s not hard to see why. The wider city of Bath is full of cultural hotspots, shopping facilities and pleasant destinations.
Woodlands Park is only 20 miles away from this historic, cultural heart and only 8 miles from the city of Bristol with its own quirks and landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension bridge. Living so close to the impressive city of Bath means you can experience all the beauty and atmosphere of this historic hub whenever you please.
Rosewarne Park, St Michael’s Mount (Cornwall)
From ancient cobbles to castle walls, St Michael’s Mount is a landmark plucked from a fantasy novel. The oldest buildings date back to the 12th century and within the beautiful gardens and walls of the castle, you can discover the ancient tales and legacy of the St Aubyn family.
The Mount is accessed by an ancient causeway that was once said to have been crossed by a legendary giant or by boat. The Mount also has a small, modern community where layers of archaic and the new blend seamlessly. This landmark is a place where you can find yourself transported back to an era of Medieval memory and the beauty of Mount’s Bay that hosts miles of wilderness and sandy beach.
Rosewarne Park is set in the heart of Cornwall and is surrounded by stunning Cornish landscapes and wilderness. With so many sights to discover and St Michael’s Mount only 20 minutes away, this park has many memorable locations to discover.
Cauldron Barn Park, Durdle Door (Jurassic Coast)
Durdle Door is a ‘must-see’ natural landmark located on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Eroded by time and nature, this iconic stone structure became England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001. It receives roughly 500,000 visitors a year but the Dorset council protects its natural beauty by limiting shops and tourist kiosks close to the site.
The site must be walked to but the views and strolls along the South West Coast Path make reaching this landmark a real treat. The ancient arch (140,000,000 years old to be exact) can be viewed from the crest of the chalk cliffs or from the shingle beach. Both are amazing places to take stunning photos to show the family.
Cauldron Barn Park is set in the most easterly town along the Jurassic Coast and is a popular hotspot for sightseers looking to get a glimpse of the beautiful coastline. A move to Cauldron Barn allows you to discover the Jurassic Coast and all it has to offer for yourself.
Penton Park, Windsor Castle (Windsor)
Windsor Castle is a symbol of British life and the monarchy that uphold it. The construction of the castle began in 1070, under the instruction of William the Conqueror. Over the years, under the eyes of 39 monarchs, the castle has been transformed from a military fortification into a beautiful palace. Every monarch added their own additions to the hallowed walls and by the mid-1800s, Windsor Castle was full of everything a reigning family could ever desire.
Today, Windsor Castle (the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world) is open to visitors. Hundreds of years of history can be seen within the stately apartments and visitors can watch the changing of the guard or receive a personalised tour of the grounds and interior. Windsor is a beautiful market town with riverside cafes and eateries and for the ramblers amongst you, The Long Walk is a three-mile section with iconic views of the castle and close encounters with deer.
Penton Park near Chertsey is only 8 miles from this historic landmark and makes days out to the ancient town an accessible treat. London is also easy to visit by train from nearby Staines with plenty more landmarks to be discovered!
Fell View Park, Lake Windermere (The Lake District)
Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England and is one of the sixteen beautiful lakes that make up the picturesque and rugged Lake District. This natural landmark is one in its own right but the whole Windermere area is full of smaller landmarks carved into the landscape to provide picture-perfect viewpoints or places to rest and soak in the scenery.
At 10.5 miles long and a mile wide, Lake Windermere is bursting at the banks with natural beauty and routes to discover and is bordered by villages and places to visit. You can even book a place on a Lake Windermere cruise to experience the fells in a laid back and idyllic way.
Fell View Park is situated in the Lake District National Park. With its mature trees and gardens, it enjoys magnificent views of the Lakeland fells, including Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. Lake Windermere is only an hour away and there’s plenty to see and do on the way!
If a park home in a location that makes a landmark impression is what you’re looking for, then one of these Berkeleyparks’ locations could be the perfect fit for you!
Contact the Berkeleyparks’ team today and find out how we can make your retirement an unforgettable milestone.