Why not Staycation?
Many of us are now choosing to ‘staycation’ here in the UK instead of travelling abroad, and it’s clear to see there are many reasons why we should decide to explore more of our home country. The UK has plenty to offer us, whether it’s award-winning golden sandy beaches, charming little villages, woodland, rolling hills and valleys for as far as the eye can see, mountains, rivers and the lure of the big city – you couldn’t imagine a prettier picture! So load up a suitcase, don’t forget the bucket and spade, the sun cream, an umbrella (who knows what the weather will do) and explore the UK!
There are so many tourist hot-spots in the UK, so to start with, let’s take a look at a few of the best on the south coast.
Exmoor has the darkest skies in the country, and at night, the beautiful landscape of moorland with nature reserves, wild valleys, rugged sea cliffs, woodland and rivers all glow under the starlight. Exmoor National Park in South West England is one of Britain’s hidden treasures. Explore during the daylight with lots of walking routes available, enjoying the panoramic views and abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of landmarks to discover, including Tarr Steps, Dunster Castle, Valley of the Rocks and Dunkery Beacon, and look out for the famous Exmoor ponies grazing on the commons.
Isle of Wight
A whole isle, but small enough to drive around the entire island in just one day. Queen Victoria favoured the Isle of Wight, and wrote “it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot.’ She was quite right! Osborne House was the royal family’s seaside retreat and the ornate palace is a must-visit. With miles of gorgeous coastline, quaint towns and vintage beach huts, the diamond shaped isle is a British gem. No trip is complete without visiting the Needles, three huge white chalk rocks, guarded by a 19th century lighthouse.
Holiday favourite for many, Eastbourne is a colourful seaside resort. With a Victorian pier and 1930’s bandstand which often sees military bands play, the iconic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head (the UK’s highest sea chalk cliff), and the stunning South Downs countryside, it’s easy to see why it is so popular. It has three miles of pristine promenade, the world famous Carpet Gardens and romantic villages tucked away in the rolling landscape of the South Downs.
Proof that you don’t have to leave the UK to get that Mediterranean vibe, is Torquay. Lined with palm trees, and enjoying a milder climate on the south-west coast, Torquay is queen of the English Riviera. TripAdvisor has officially recognised Torquay as the UK’s top seaside resort, with attractions galore, plenty of beauty spots and gorgeous golden beaches, the appeal of this destination is unquestionable. And of course, it is the birthplace of crime writer Agatha Christie, so where better to get a deck chair out on the beach and spend a few days with your head in a book!