UK Short Stays on the increase
Posted on: 27 September 2012 by Laura Wilkins
Recent research has highlighted a UK holiday boom with more than half of the UK taking a domestic holiday this, amid government attempts to boost the domestic sector. Short breaks were most common so what are the options available for a relaxing UK short stay?
From lakes and mountains to sweeping valleys and ancient forests, the UK has many forgotten pockets of beautiful countryside where you can lose yourself in a range of invigorating activities, glorious food and heritage. If you are considering a UK break you will find what you are looking for in these distinct corners of our country.
For utter relaxation and to immerse yourself in some truly breath-taking scenery nothing can beat escaping to the towering mountains, mirror-like lochs, lonely glens and cascading streams of the Scottish highlands. An ideal base is Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, which holds the largest inland expanse of water in Britain. Picturesque Loch Lomond offers excellent windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and water-skiing. Back on land you can take in the amazing scenery through forest walks or coastal trails, and glimpse otters, water vole, deer and magnificent birds of prey.
If you are looking for an easily accessible location that still feels hidden away and has a host of attractions for big kids and grandchildren, Sherwood Pine Forest Park near Nottingham has enough nearby to keep the whole family smiling. This woodland is steeped in myth and magic with countless opportunities for memorable days out to enthral even the most imaginative kids. When you have finished exploring the ancient legends of Robin Hood you can visit the area’s many grand castles, halls and historic houses, such as Nottingham and Belvoir castles or Newstead Abbey.
Energetic families will be in their element with a range of adventure activities that include cycling the 20 mile Ancient Sherwood Route, tackling white water rapids at The National Watersports Centre and driving Mud Buggies or 4X4’s at Nottingham’s largest outdoor activity centre Adrenalin Jungle. More gentle pursuits include fishing, golf and meeting the many friendly farmyard animals at White Post Farm Centre.
Although the Wye Valley holds a deserving title as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the region, along with the neighbouring Forest of Dean, remain fairly unthought-of corners of the UK for short breaks. The Forest of Dean will spoil you for choice for walking and cycling routes that offer breathtaking valley views and opportunities to spot wild flowers, deer and even the odd wild boar. This, coupled with an unrivalled opportunity to taste your way around the region, makes it a nature and food lover’s paradise.
Stopping for lunch is likely to be the highlight of your day and food and drink lovers will not be disappointed by the fantastic local produce available from the area’s vineyards, orchards, farms and breweries. The forest is home to some of the most unique flavours in the UK, such as ‘Stinking Bishop Cheese’ and ‘Freeminer’ beer. Learn about locally crafted produce from family run Severn Wye & Smokery and try one or two of the 100’s of varieties of traditional perry pears and ciders from the Orchard Centre in Hartpury.