As the peak of summer looms, many countries are beginning to re-open their borders. Despite this, Boris encouraged Brits to opt for a summer staycation whilst announcing that as of 4 July, many lockdown restrictions will be eased.
“Now is the time to send out a welcoming signal to those from other parts of our country, to roll out the welcome mat, rather than the ‘not welcome here’ sign.” From July 4 provided that no more than two household stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation including hotels and bed and breakfasts as well as campsites as long as shared facilities.” Johnson added.
The recent statement signalled that summer holidays are back on whilst paving the way for staycations – and why not? The UK boasts beautiful coastlines, stunning natural parks, plenty of spots rated as ‘Areas of outstanding natural beauty’, and stunning waterways.
We’ve put together some of our favourite UK staycations that you can experience on foot, by bike and on the water.
The best places to explore on foot
Discover sparkling lakes, craggy hilltops and verdant forest trails in England’s largest National Park on a walking trip in the Lake District. Some of England’s most famous writers and poets have been inspired by the picturesque hills and clear waters of this World Heritage Site. Explore idyllic lakeside paths, quaint country lanes and sections along the famous Cumbria Way. Take a look at Exodus Travels 6-night Literary Self-Guided Walking trip in the Lake District and take your inspiration to the next level.
The best places to explore by bike
After the Lake District, the Cotswolds are England’s second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Cotswolds compromise of 787 square miles of breathtaking rolling hills and whimsical meadows above a bedrock of Jurassic limestone.
This famous stretch of rural southern England offers a plethora of stunning cycling trails that lead to ancient castles, picture-postcard English manor houses and inviting tearooms. Ride through chocolate box villages including Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Campden. Why not enjoy a 5-night self-guided cycling trip which includes high quality bikes, accomodation, breakfast, luggage transfers, route directions and maps with Exodus travels?
The best places to explore by boat
Another fascinating way to explore the best treasures of the UK is on the water. Le Boat, gives travellers the chance to hire a self-drive boat and explore the stunning waterways of the UK at the comfort of their own pace – a perfect way to discover some of Britain’s best kept secrets!
Discover some of England’s most famous landmarks as you cruise the famous River Thames from an entirely different perspective. As you gaze at Windsor Castle or Hampton Court Palace from your boat, you’ll feel like you have been transported back in time. Le Boat operate between Oxfordshire and Surrey, meandering through peaceful countryside, as well as several pretty towns and villages. And while it is the perfect scenic getaway, it also has an abundance of pubs, restaurants, and visitor attractions to keep even the most restless traveller entertained.
If you’re after a remote break and want a complete change of scenery, consider the rugged and mysterious Scottish Highlands. The Highlands provide a backdrop of incredible beauty. During your cruise along the Caledonian canal, much of your time will be spent on lakes (lochs) nestled in the rugged valleys along the Great Glen, a geologic fault line that shaped the landscape of the region. Peregrines swoop through pine trees, and castle ruins sit on craggy cliffs. Don’t forget to look out for Nessie too!