Inspiring views, pubs, solitude, family and community are all facets of what makes a great British place for our tipsters

50 writers on their favourite place in the UK

Winning tip: Great Orme, Llandudno, Conwy

A short, steep walk from Llandudno’s pier to the top of the Great Orme headland brings multiple rewards. The seaside resort is quickly left behind to reveal a peaceful landscape filled with possibilities. Walk among limestone pavements, and look down to notice the planned street pattern and evidence of ancient copper works. Pockets of wildflowers abound. Stroll steep cliffs to view soaring razorbills and kittiwakes. Spot local landmarks: the castle and estuary at Conwy, the straits separating Anglesey from the mainland. Watch the sun set from St Tudno’s, the 12th-century chapel. Descend to see wild Kashmiri goats and the remnants of a second world war practice camp along the shore. Britain in miniature.

Climb Snowdon with the crowds

Most people head to the mountains to avoid crowds, but for an experience that encapsulates the UK at its best, why not embrace them and climb Snowdon on a sunny bank holiday. It will restore your faith in humanity. England & Wales’ highest peak attracts walkers of all persuasions: teenage charity hikers, families climbing their first mountain, retirees with decades-old backpacks. All exhausted, proud and politely taking it in turns to have a selfie on the crowded trig point. It’s also diverse; unlike on many UK peaks, not every face you see is white, and a mountain railway makes the summit accessible to all. The views aren’t bad either …
Kirstie Fagan

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