Many people are now opting to stay in the UK for their holidays, taking advantage of the lower costs and the natural beauty on their doorsteps. When combined when more traditional tourists, Britain is enjoying a ‘staycation’ boom in terms of quick getaways to beaches and the countryside, with many opting to stay in cottages rather than in large cities and towns. In terms of the best getaway destinations in the UK, some of the most distinctive include Cornwall, the Lake District, West Wales, Devon, and the Yorkshire Dales. These areas, and more, are discussed below:
1 - Cornwall
The Westernmost part of England is ideal for a beach or surfing holiday, while also offering great camping and cottage opportunities inland. Beaches at Newquay, Penzance and St Ives are popular all year round, with Cornwall similarly offering smugglers’ coves, castles, and small villages along its coast.
2 - Scottish Highlands
The North East of Scotland represents one of the most remote parts of the UK, broken up by the Grampian Mountains, lochs, and neighbouring island communities lie the Orkneys. Visitors can enjoy peace and quiet, as well as the chance to visit significant historical sites like Balmoral Castle and Loch Ness.
3 - The Lake District
The Lake District National Park is home to some of the UK’s best walks and hikes, as well as large boating lakes, and beautiful towns and villages like Keswick and Grasmere. Located in the North West of England, the Lake District is ideal or camping and cottage holidays.
4 - West Wales
The West Coast of Wales is distinguished by its small towns and harbours, as well as a wide range of holiday cottages and campsites like Tenby. The coastal towns of St. Davids and Fishguard are particularly popular, and only a few hours from the larger cities of Swansea and Cardiff to the East.
5 - Devon
This Southern county features the cathedral city of Exeter, as well as beaches and sailing along the coast, with notable spots along Exmouth and Sidmouth. Devon also features the Dartmoor National Park, one of the most popular spots in the UK for hiking and climbing, as well as
6 - Norfolk
Only a short train or car journey from London, Norfolk is recommended for the busy market city of Norwich, as well as for seaside resorts like Great Yarmouth. Walkers and birdwatchers can enjoy the Norfolk Broads.
7 - Yorkshire Dales
The Dales are another of the UK’s many National Parks, and is distinguished by its rolling hills, small towns like Skipton, and several castles, as well as comprehensive cave systems and hiking and camping opportunities.
8 - Hampshire
Home to the New Forest, one of the most popular camping and cottage sites in the UK for a weekend away, this Southern county is also worth visiting for the busy city ports of Portsmouth and Southampton, and for its diverse wildlife.
9 - Nottinghamshire
Defined by Sherwood Forest and its ties to the Robin Hood legend, Nottinghamshire is also a popular getaway site for quiet market towns, and its historic regional capital of Nottingham.
Rob James is a father, who enjoys family holidays with his wife and four girls at holiday parks in the UK. He can be found blogging about various staycations and his experiences travelling around the globe.