After so long in lockdown, it’s exciting to see the world opening up around us and we are once again able to spend time with loved ones. While we wait for more choices for international travel to open up, why not rediscover the UK’s natural beauty for your next getaway instead?
Below are some of our favourites spots that you may want to revisit and some new ones you may want to add to your list.
With most of its rugged coastline classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty, it’s sometimes hard to believe you’re not abroad when you visit South Devon, and its charming countryside.
Perfect for those craving some sand and sea air, if you’re travelling south, be sure to spend some time in Salcombe. This picturesque harbour town has everything. From pristine beaches and amazing seafood shacks to endless opportunities to get out on the clear turquoise water.
If you’re itching to wear in your new walking shoes, popular walks include Hope Cove to Salcombe, East Portlemouth to Gara Rock and the family friendly Snapes Point route – mostly flat, it’s a great option for introducing little ones to the great outdoors.
Just over 40 minutes by car from Salcombe lies Dartmoor National Park. Its extraordinary landscapes unlike any other in the UK. Truly diverse, with heather clad moors, granite tors, old woodlands, bustling villages and even points of interest like Castle Drogo, Buckfast Abbey and the famous Dartmoor ponies. It’s also the only place in the world where you can spot a Bog Hoverfly – a tiny, yet brightly marked hoverfly that’s currently identified in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
Another unspoilt gem on the Somerset-Devon border is the Blackdown Hills. With its lush rolling hills, steep valleys and calming streams, if you’re looking to escape to the countryside, this will definitely do the trick. Perfect for cyclists and hikers of all levels, there are forests, farmland and an amazing array of fauna and flora to be explored.
If you’re after something a little bit different, consider taking a tour of Yorkshire’s many awe-inspiring waterfalls. Home to some of the country’s greatest falls, it’s a fantastic way to organise your next trip around the Yorkshire Dales.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to planning your route, but not-to-miss waterfalls include Janet’s Foss and Gordale Scar in Malham, Catrigg Force in the quaint town of Settle, the spectacular Ingleton Falls and Hull Pot, based on the western side of Pen-y-ghent, one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.
Of course, as you pass from one waterfall to the next, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of Yorkshire’s wonderful towns and villages as well. Miles upon miles of wilderness await, alongside some of the UK’s best pub lunches helping you to power on to your next location.
Much further up north is our final UK destination. Near the Scottish Borders, the county of Northumberland is rich in history and holds an endless number of beautiful spaces waiting to be discovered. With locations to explore leisurely on foot or trips to test your fitness, the county of Northumberland has it all.
Just 30 miles from Hexham, a must for any visitor is a trip to Kielder Water & Forest Park. It’s home to Europe’s largest man-made lake – at a breath-taking 250 square miles and also England’s largest working forest.
But if you really want to get the most out of your visit, we recommend staying for at least two to three days.
Sky Clear Lodge Park in Ravenshill Forest is a fantastic base if you want to stay in the very heart of Kielder Forest. Known for having the darkest night skies in England, Kielder is a dream come true for stargazers. A stop by Kielder Observatory is a must. Not only will you find the very best spots for admiring the night’s sky here, astronomers from their Astronomical Society will show you how to use the huge telescopes located on site and if you’re lucky, you might just see a shooting star!
During the day, Kielder is bursting with life. A walk or a hike is the perfect way to take in the beauty of the area. The Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre, based at Kielder Waterside is a delight for all ages. From here you can hire paddleboards and fishing boats – even try your hand at canoeing and water skiing.
Of course, there’s more to Northumberland than Kielder. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, your UK break wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the mysterious Holy Island, the village of Seahouses, and Alnwick and Bamburgh Castles. It’s actually possible to walk the 3 miles between Seahouses and Bamburgh along the coast. If you’re planning to visit historic attractions in Northumberland during the ongoing pandemic, please remember to book in advance.
About an hour’s drive from Bamburgh, you’ll reach Wallsend, and the start of Hadrian’s Wall. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall dates back to AD122. Stop off at key points along the wall and visit museums, temples and even restored Roman bath houses and forts. However, if you’re up for the challenge, it takes approximately six to seven days to hike the 73 miles of the wall. An unforgettable experience, you’ll learn about the area’s Roman heritage and witness some of England’s stunning landscapes first-hand.
Feeling inspired, and ready for a UK adventure this summer? We have all the kit you’ll need to keep you safe and comfortable here at Rohan. So why not check out our Spring/Summer range and start planning for your next adventure.