Britain’s Top 5 Countryside Holiday Destinations

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When planning your next holiday, remember that there are plenty of fabulous destinations right on your doorstop. Here are my top 5 UK destinations to check out this year.

1. The Lake District, Cumbria

 

— in the Lake District (@in_the_Lakes) January 19, 2015

If a countryside holiday is what you’re after, Cumbria’s illustrious Lake District has got it all. Visit Lake Windermere for a fun day out with the kids, or if you fancy a more peaceful setting stopover at Lake Ullswater and bask in its tranquillity.For a true village experience, the picturesque Appleby-in-Westmorland is a perfect place to stay; plus there are plenty of pubs! With Penrith and Kendal just a few miles away, you can make the most out of your Cumbria visit.

For you literary lovers, The Lakes is home to Hill Top farm whose previous owner was the delightful Beatrix Potter; Hill Top was the inspiration for many of her stories, and visitors won’t be disappointed by this place as The National Trust has worked hard to keep her memory alive. Also don’t forget to visit Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth produced some of his greatest work.

The Lake District is the proud home of many historical castles, so before your visit check out The National Trust for the best places to go near you.

2. Cornwall

 

If sea and sunshine is what you’re after the Cornwall is the place for you. Walk along one of the beautiful coastline trails for the best view of Cornwall, or explore the Carnglaze Slate Caverns and Woodland Gardens for an adventure filled with dragons, hobbits and other magical woodland creatures. Cornwall has everything, whether you’re vacationing alone or with the family.

One attraction that is definitely not to be missed is the Eden Project. More than just the largest greenhouse in the world, the Eden Project transports its visitors around the globe through the sights and smells of its many plants and trees. This place is both fun and educational, and with a café and restaurant on site you won’t need to take much other than yourself to this attraction!

3. Anglesey

 

— Barry Jones (@_Baz_) January 18, 2015

With over 220 square miles of Anglesey’s coast and landscapes being An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s easy to see why this small island off the North West coast of Wales is a top holiday destination in the UK. You don’t have to be Kate and Wills to stay here either; ranging from caravans to swanky boutique hotels there’s a place here for you, no matter what your budget is.

Try your hand at surfing, sailing or kayaking on the Welsh waves, and with 125 miles of coastline on offer, crowded beaches won’t be much of a problem. You can also watch the amazing wildlife right on your doorstep – even better than HD TV!

4. Caingorms National Park

 

This national park located in the north east of Scotland is the largest national park in Britain. This place really is a thrill-seeker’s paradise; with skiing, snowboarding, climbing, rafting and sailing (plus much more) on offer, you’ll never be bored on your holiday to this gorgeous destination.

Be sure to visit Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish residence, in the summertime for a view of the magnificent gardens and grounds. Furthermore, become a true Scotsman by taking a trip to the famous Glenlivet whiskey distillery to learn about the fascinating history of this marvellous drink.

5. The Cotswolds

 

— CotswoldsConcierge (@CotswoldsConcie) January 13, 2015

If chocolate box villages are your thing, you’ll feel right at home in the Cotswolds. This southern gem offers visitors the chance to walk or cycle along the pretty paths that wind through the fantastic scenery. There are also food markets and plenty of pubs to enjoy if you feel like taking a rest from all the exercise. The old beech woodlands make for great exploring, and partnered with the stunning grasslands, The Cotswolds has certainly earned its accolade of An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Don’t miss The Secret Cottage, where you’ll be taken on a journey back to a 400 year old cottage where you can enjoy a sophisticated and scrumptious cream tea.

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