Five Natural Places to Visit for a Staycation

I love to explore the UK with my husband as we’re really into the great outdoors. In my opinion there is nothing better than a good dose of country air where you don’t have to listen to passing cars and noisy neighbours. It’s lucky too that I fancy myself as a bit of an adrenaline junkie as the UK seems to be the best place to get my fix!

Shetland Islands Scotland United Kingdom
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That’s why we always choose to have a staycation rather than a holiday overseas; we seem to have brilliant experiences and create better memories when we don’t have to travel by plane to our destination. After many years travelling the UK, here are our favourite natural places to visit…

The Yorkshire Dales

Our number one choice is the Yorkshire Dales, but I might be a bit biased as I was taken here on many childhood holidays. We’ve scrambled up the rock face at Malham Cove, climbed the three peaks (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) and have done a lot of walking around Ingleton, Grassington and Settle. When we’re not making the most of the amazing surroundings, we’ll be taking a break with a cream tea or an ice cream.

The Welsh Valleys

The valleys in Wales are another strong contender in our top five. The landscape is so gorgeous in each valley but we really love the waterfalls in the Vale of Neath, and the mountain biking in Afan. Those with kids will be able to make the most of the attractions too, including showcaves and mock mines, although they’re also pretty cool for adults!

The woods of Holker Hall Lake District
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The Lake District

Even though it seems to rain on our every visit, I can never get enough of the Lake District. We usually stay near Ambleside, but we do extend our reach simply by using our legs and walking there. A more sedate activity on a sunny day is going on a cruise on Lake Windermere, a popular choice for families.

The Scottish Highlands

Skiing in the Grampian Mountains is the best winter activity the UK has to offer in my opinion. In fact, Cairngorm is Scotland’s best known ski area and it isn’t hard to understand why when it is both challenging and beautiful. I think it’s a shame to waste time flying to the Alps when you can simply travel north to ski instead! We make sure to visit at least once a year.

The Peak District

Finally, don’t forget about the Peak District if you want to go somewhere a little further south. Cycling and hiking are popular here, but the towns and villages are also worth a visit if you want to try a local treat. Head to Bakewell for the sweet tarts and then to Buxton for a taste of the beautiful waters. You’ll find plenty of places to explore; including the Cat and Fiddle Inn which is the second highest public house in England (it also serves a good meal and a pint).

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