As we all know, travelling abroad can be a stressful experience – there’s the packing, getting to the airport on time and checking in to contend with, and that’s before you’ve even started on finding your hotel and getting your head around the local lingo. For a more relaxed few days away, holidaying closer to home can be an really enjoyable alternative. While the warmth of the Tuscan sun or the tranquillity of a Greek island can be alluring, the UK has some of the most stunning (and underappreciated) landscapes and beauty spots to enjoy.
Here are just a few places you should visit on a Great British ‘staycation’ this year.
Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales
Few scenes are more picturesque than the rolling green hills of Swaledale, with their zig-zagging dry-stone walls and limitless skies. Base yourself in nearby Richmond if you want to explore the area properly – investing in a sound pair of walking boots and a decent weatherproof coat will ensure you’re well equipped for any eventuality if you take to the hills for a stroll.
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
One of the country’s most iconic beauty spots, the castle and chapel on St Michael’s Mount make up one of the most photographed and romantic views in the whole of Britain. Watching the sun set over the clear turquoise waters is the perfect way to round off a long weekend – make sure you pack a decent camera to capture the scenery, or simply live in the moment and enjoy it!
Kirkstone Pass, The Lake District
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
One which should be on every staycationer’s checklist, Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is a breathtaking place. Home to the cave where the oldest skeleton in Britain was found, it’s a great location to explore with children, and the surrounding area offers countless great pubs, restaurants and cafes where you can sample the incredible local produce this county is famed for. Pick up some kids’ rucksacks and head out into this beautiful area of the country with your little ones.
For a city break, most people would turn to the capital. With so much to see and do in London, you’d be hard-pushed to cram in as much as you might like over the course of a week – make a list of your top things to do and plan how you’ll fit them in, especially if you have children with you. Taking in the views of iconic landmarks such as Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral is a must. Pick up a quirky Oyster Card holder to help you get around, and explore the capital to your heart’s content on a long weekend away!
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