In the current economic climate many people are choosing to holiday in the UK, and this can provide a great opportunity to reconnect with Britain’s beautiful scenery and wildlife.
If you enjoy walking, you could head to one of the UK’s coastlines to explore sweeping beaches and dramatic cliff tops. The South of England has some beautiful sandy coves and beaches; why not head to Dorset’s Durdle Door to see the amazing naturally created rock arch? The mystical looking arch is surrounded by stunning white cliffs and a pebble beach.
If you want something a little more dramatic, why not head up to Scotland’s lochs and beaches? A windy winter’s day on a Scottish beach can be particularly dramatic (and is perfect followed by a wee dram in front of the fire!).
In the UK mainland, the Lake District has wonderful rolling hills for you to explore and Lake Windermere – the UK’s largest natural lake. The area is also helpfully dotted with comfortable places to stay. Walking in these settings suits most fitness levels, and there are lots of pathways and routes signposted to help you find your way. The Lakes are also a great place to do a spot of bird watching or fishing, and families with children could complete some mammoth scavenger hunts! If you fancy getting close to nature by being on the water, you could try a spot of sailing, windsurfing or canoeing which is all readily available in the Lakes.
If you fancy seeing some unusual wildlife, you can head to one of England’s most prestigious cities, Cambridge (yes, really!), and take part in a bat safari. These unusual tours are operated on the river Cam, and take place at night. Guests are given sensors which detect sonar signals and convert them into an audible frequency to help establish when bats are close by. The bats are attracted to the many insects that live by the water, so this makes the Cam a prime spot for a spot of bat watching. Children will love the spooky atmosphere, and it’s a great way to discover bats in their natural habitat (rather than in the movies). If you book later in the year make sure you wrap up warm!