Six Isolated regions in Southern England

The South of England has lots of heavenly regions to transport you to another universe. Ginnie Cheng shares her best experiences.

Shorter-distance journeys are more preferable this year. Take advantage of this and explore the UK to discover the fabulous features. From an ancient moss forest to a desert landscape.

Here are six of our top spectacular regions in the south that are so secluded that you feel you’re the first one who has discovered it.

1.    Dungeness, Romney Marsh

In this region, 600 species of plants, broken boats, two nuclear power stations, and a huge number of remains of old fishing huts, all make the desert view seem to be like a film that stopped in time. Fascinating art installations are placed in the barren beach terrain and wonderful food stalls are spread among its other-worldly scenery. Head to the lighthouse along the beach, and see the fog signal structure and the attractive Prospect Cottage, formerly, the home of artist and director Derek Jarman, decorating this region.

How to get there?

Go through A2070 from the main route from London / M25 if driving a car. Take the A259 from the north. If you use public transport, bus routes 11, 11A, or 11B, which all serve Romney Marsh, but they don’t come regularly. You need to check their times.

Six Isolated regions in Southern England

2.    Wistman’s Woods, Devon

The ancient fairytale-like moss forest of oak trees makes you feel the mystery in the region as you are walking into the forest. It is said to be haunted or maybe settled by elves – but it is easy to imagine magic from curved oaks, as there are 100 different kinds of moss covering the trees and green-shaded rocks.

At first, the huge branches might feel frightening, but don’t be afraid to explore the wood deeply – it is easy to pass on the ground and you rarely feel trapped by nature of this region.

How to get there?

You can park your car near the Two Bridges Hotel on the B3357 and take a walk in the woods. If you want to use public transport, it is a 30-minute taxi ride from Newton Abbot which you can take a train to get to, or the local bus route 98 will take you by Two Bridges.

Leather Tor, Dartmoor

3.    Leather Tor, Dartmoor

There is an argument over renaming Leather Tor to Cliff Tor, because it is dramatically high, overlooking Burrator Reservoir’s sights and winding river with the impressive alpine forests on its line in this region. It might not be as high as peaks like Dartmoor, but it’s merely 1.5 miles on foot – not as long as Dartmoor standards- for getting mesmerized. Climb onto the column of rocks rising from the edge of the cliff to reach the great steep drops faster and look over them.

How to get there?

Leather Tor is easy to reach from Yelverton-Princetown road (B3212) by car. You can also take a bus on the B3212 – the 98 Tavistock-Yelverton during the week and the Transmoor Link 82 at weekends.

Six Isolated regions in Southern England

4.    Folkestone, Kent

This colorful beach town which is a popular attraction of the region,can be full of visitors on the rush days of summer, and impressive solitary landmarks that you can enjoy watching as inhaling saltwater, and astonishing beach huts have scattered the stretched calm beach. A gorgeous lighthouse that has turned into a champagne bar marks the ending point of the harbor. For isolated spots, enjoy walking on Sunny Sand Beach –the only sand beach for a long-distance-  next to the harbor and strolling along maze-like post-apocalyptic train station- Folkestone Harbour.

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How to get there?

Folkestone beach and town can be easily reached by train to Folkestone Central or Folkestone West stations and by car on the M20.

Land’s End, Cornwall

5.    Land’s End, Cornwall

Feel the joy of curling your toes over the rough cliffs of Land’s End, the most south-westerly region of Britain. Cornwall’s rugged coastline and the Atlantic Ocean can be unstoppably viewed from the cliff edge, as the far lighthouse’s regular fog signal is being echoed through the location, together with the sense of being on the edge of the world, not just a tourist region.

Unless Land’s End shopping mall – resembling a 1950’s beach resort – is your thing, keep your way to the 200-year old Greeb Farm where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery while petting the animals.

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How to get there?

Drive your car towards the town of Penzance and get help from the signs for Land’s End along the A30 road. If using public transport, the train to Penzance will take you to the bus routes 1/1a and 1b can take you to Land’s End.

Southend-On-Sea beaches, Essex

6.    Southend-On-Sea beaches, Essex

The past year has witnessed fewer tourists visit South end’s shores despite the numerous visitors taking adventure there in previous years. While the main City Beach still attracts its visitors, it is worth taking a short walk away quietly from the main station where you can enjoy the sea. As  Southend’s huge theme park and various arcades have temporarily been closed, the colorful coastline now has been ghostly sites of the region. During the quiet season, enjoy wandering through the crowded resort and the sights before the crowds get back.

How to get there?

you can reach Southend by the A13 London Road or the A127 Southend Arterial Road by car. Southend Central railway station is served by mainline trains and c2c in public transport.

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