LAND­MARK OF THE YEAR

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THE DARK HEDGES COUNTY ANTRIM

Planted in the 18th cen­tury, this twisted, sin­u­ous av­enue of beech trees ap­peared on Game of Thrones and has since be­come a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion (driv­ing along the road be­tween the trees is now banned). Judge John Craven says: “This canopy of huge hedges is a won­der­ful sight.”

HIGH FORCE COUNTY DURHAM

A stun­ning wa­ter­fall formed where the River Tees crosses the Whin Sill, High Force drops 22 me­tres into the 20-me­tre deep plunge pool be­low, car­ry­ing the largest vol­ume of wa­ter over an un­bro­ken drop in Eng­land. Judge Mark Rowe says: “High Force is very dra­matic when re­ally in spate.”

MINACK THE­ATRE CORN­WALL

A spec­tac­u­lar open air the­atre built into the rocks over­look­ing the sea. Rowena Cade con­ceived of the the­atre in 1931 – to­day it draws 80,000 peo­ple a year. Judge Mi­randa Krestovnikoff says: “With dol­phins as back­drop, the set­ting is ab­so­lutely stun­ning. You never for­get a visit.” CALLANISH STONES ISLE OF LEWIS These 5,000-year-old stones have an awe-in­spir­ing an­cient mys­tery. Stand­ing tall and ma­jes­tic, the in­ner cir­cle holds 13 stones, the tallest of which is 4m high. Judge Mark Rowe says: “A stun­ning land­mark, with the ap­peal of Stone­henge but with­out the crowds.”

CASTELL DINAS BRAN DENBIGHSHIRE

A place of ro­mance and le­gend, this 13th-cen­tury ru­ined cas­tle has long in­spired vis­i­tors. Wordsworth wrote of it: ““Relics of kings, wreck of for­got­ten wars, To the winds aban­doned and the pry­ing stars.” Judge Phoebe Smith says: “It is the home to a leg­endary gi­ant and is steeped in won­der­ful Welsh folk­lore.”

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