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Our UK Staycation Guide

This year, our summer holidays look a little different. With jetting off to far-flung destinations off the table, it’s time to rediscover everything our homeland has to offer – which is much more than it’s given credit for. With coasts, crags and mountains to explore and all the wide open countryside you could hope to walk, run, cycle or camp in – 2020 is the year of the UK staycation.

Walking

Nothing says “staycation” like a British walking holiday, and for good reason. From Cornwall’s rugged coastlines and sunny beaches to the wild Scottish Highlands, we’ve got something to rival any holiday destination here on home soil.

 

This summer is likely to see fewer tourists than in previous years, so it’s the perfect time to discover some of the hotspots; think the fells of the Lake District or the rugged peaks of Snowdonia without the crowds. If it’s still off-the-tourist-path gems you’re after, take a trip to Exmoor’s hilly moorlands, the bracing Gower Peninsula or the small but perfectly formed Kent Downs for your fill of alone-with-nature time.

 

Alternatively, if you love a bit of a challenge, there’s a long-distance walking trail in the UK to suit all holiday preferences - from the (relatively) short 100-mile South Downs Way or Wainwright’s unofficial coast-to-coast walk at 182 miles, to the iconic 268-mile Pennine Way or the epic 630-mile South West Coast Path. This year, our summer holidays look a little different. With jetting off to far-flung destinations off the table, it’s time to rediscover everything our homeland has to offer – which is much more than it’s given credit for. With coasts, crags and mountains to explore and all the wide open countryside you could hope to walk, run, cycle or camp in – 2020 is the year of the UK staycation.

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Camping

Camping doesn’t always mean roughing it under canvas – although that’s usually our preference, and there are plenty of brilliant sites around the UK to do just that! With new glamping sites springing up all the time, and site owners finding ever more innovative ways to give the classic camping holiday a twist, it’s easy to get close to nature without leaving the home comforts at, well, home. Check out Atlantic Surf Pods in Bude for an eco-friendly, off-grid option (with a king-sized bed!), or the gravity-defying spherical camping pods in the trees at Red Kite Tree Tents in Powys.

 

If you’re into camping in the more traditional sense but don’t fancy fighting it out for a space on a campsite, why not combine your camping trip with a walking adventure? Take on a long-distance path with everything on your back, or make the most of our coasts and camp by the sea in Pembrokeshire or the Isles of Scilly, with all the day hikes you could need to explore the area on your doorstep.

Trail Running

Everyone knows the trail runners’ playgrounds that exist across the world – the Alps, California’s Big Sur, New Zealand’s Routeburn Track – but you don’t need to get on a plane to experience epic running routes. If you like a dose of sea air and sky-high cliffs with your trail runs, look no further than Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, which takes in famous sights like Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove as the challenging but rewarding route drops down to the beaches and back up to the cliffs again. If imposing mountains and remote forests are more your thing, no trail runner’s guidebook would be complete without the Lake District, with enough dramatic views, remote wilderness and unpredictable weather to rival any foreign land.

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Cycling

If you were looking forward to some quality time with your bike this summer, all is not lost because – you guessed it – there are plenty of brilliant locations here in the UK for exploring on two wheels, whether you’re into smooth rides on roads or testing climbs and fast descents on your mountain bike. For taking in the scenery over gentle rolling hills, or to find a suitable ride for the whole family, head to the New Forest – we recommend The Deer Sanctuary or The Royal Oak ride for more of a challenge. If easy isn’t your thing, look at the Peak District or Surrey Hills, or if you’re all about going with the flow and want a staycation with a variety of rides, look no further than the Yorkshire Dales or Brecon Beacons – if we didn’t know better, we’d say they were built to be a cyclist’s paradise. 

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