Great ideas for the ultimate ‘staycation’
It’s now easy to book flights to numerous far-flung locations across the globe, but some of the very best holiday destinations are right here on our doorstep. If you want to cut your carbon footprint and enjoy breaks in the UK, it’s worth considering the following ‘staycation’ options.
The Lake District
For sheer beauty, it’s hard to beat the Lake District. This mountainous region in the north-west of England covers a total of 2,292 square kilometres and is home to an array of impressive peaks, such as the precipitous Scafell Pike, which stands at 978 metres high. Meanwhile, its seemingly endless lakes include Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston Water. The Lake District really is the perfect destination if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some peace and tranquillity.
There’s no shortage of visitor attractions in the area either. While there, you can check out the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, experience the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and even enjoy a spot of culture at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
For the best experience, it’s worth choosing your accommodation carefully. Firms such as Lakelovers offer a variety of options, ranging from large traditional farmhouses to modern five-star apartments.
Another superb option if you’re planning a holiday in the UK is Cornwall. One of the warmest and sunniest spots in Britain, it is famed for its sandy beaches and blue seas. There is certainly plenty to keep you occupied in the county. Highlights include the Eden Project, the open-air Minack Theatre, the island of St Michael’s Mount and the village of Charlestown.
If you fancy some adrenaline-fuelled activities while you’re on vacation, take a trip to the aptly named Extreme Academy in Watergate Bay. There, you can take your pick from a host of sports, including land boarding, kite surfing, wave skiing and kite buggying.
Of course, you might prefer to simply relax and unwind on the golden beaches that line the coast. There are plenty of sandy spots to choose from, and the picturesque and friendly Sennen Cove Beach is a great option.
Wales isn’t short of superb holiday destinations either and the island of Anglesey is just one example. It benefits from scenic towns and villages, historic castles and mile upon mile of walking and cycling paths. In addition, much of its coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. While on Anglesey, you might even be lucky enough to spot the dolphins that sometimes play in the sea not far from the shore.
One of the best ways to explore the island is by bike. Two of the UK’s nine official cycle routes are located in Anglesea. For example, the Lôn Las Copr, or NCN 566, is a 36-mile circular path that runs through the north-east of the island. It travels past the only working windmill in Wales and through the dramatic landscape of Parys Mountain.
Alternatively, the Lôn Las Cefni route runs for 13 miles and this is a great option if you want to check out the local nature and wildlife.
Cairngorms National Park
Situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Cairngorms National Park is another fabulous holiday option. This undulating and awe-inspiring area is the perfect place to go in winter for some skiing and snowboarding, while during the warmer months it is superb for mountain biking, walking, canoeing, rafting, sailing and orienteering.
The national park is also home to an array of visitor attractions, including the royal residence of Balmoral, the Glenlivet whisky distillery, Braemar Castle and the Highland Folk Museum.
Bear in mind though, whenever you’re exploring this part of the UK, it’s important to be safe. The large scale and challenging terrain of this national park mean it must be respected. Always take the right equipment and clothing when you set off on outdoor adventures and make sure you tell people where you’re going.