Five Summer Staycations Away From The Crowds
With the warmer weather now here, and with the easing of the UK’s lockdown slowly continuing, many of us will be considering whether we will be able to head away on a summer holiday in the coming months, and how will we do so safely in relation to COVID-19.
While countries across the world are considering lifting restrictions to allow tourists to visit again, there’s still lots of uncertainty, not least while the FCO’s advice against all but essential travel remains in place.
It’s not surprising then that many of us may be reluctant to book a holiday abroad. Instead, this may be the perfect time to consider exploring some of the incredible scenery the UK has to offer once we’re able to. Plus, one of the best things about taking a staycation is if you choose your destination wisely you could be able to avoid large crowds altogether.
As such we’ve pulled together five summer staycation suggestions for a quieter get away.
Obviously with changes to the easing and tightening of lockdown restrictions a real possibility over the coming months, and with different approaches being taken in different parts of the UK, just remember to always check the latest updates from the Government, local authorities and attractions before making plans, and prior to travelling, to make sure that visitors are welcome.
Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
Brighton is a hugely popular tourist destination so we’re not going to recommend you head there this summer. Fortunately, you’ll find its more peaceful sister, Shoreham-by-Sea, a mere 20-minute drive along England’s south coast. With its large shingle beach this destination is perfect for travellers who don’t want to miss out on their annual dose of sun and sea, just without the hordes of daytrippers. Visitors to Shoreham-by-Sea also have easy
access to the epic walking and cycling trails of the South Downs and the Adur Valley, so you can easily indulge your outdoorsy side here without seeing too many people along the way.
Mwnt, Cardigan Bay, Wales
Located on the west coast of Wales, Cardigan Bay is a particularly beautiful staycation destination, but with Aberystwyth drawing crowds, it’s worth seeking out quieter locations here. The hamlet of Mwnt, perched precariously on the Ceredigion Coast, offers hikes with breath-taking coastal views and a smattering of hidden coves. In summer, there are plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, with bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, sunfish, and basking sharks frolicking in the Irish Sea. While traditional accommodation here is relatively scarce, there is a caravan and campsite. After months spent largely indoors, who wouldn’t embrace the opportunity to spend a few idyllic summer nights under the stars? You’ll find this diminutive settlement just off the A487, with Snowdonia National Park to its north and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to the south.
Northumberland National Park
As the least populated National Park in the UK, Northumberland National Park is one of England’s most isolated and most beautiful locations, making it a great choice for those looking to staycation and social distance at the same time. The A68 runs through the Park, which is just north of Newcastle Upon Tyne and Carlisle. There’s much to explore in and around the Park. Hike up the Cheviot Hills which lie towards the Scottish border, or visit Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site to delve into Britain’s ancient history. After a rejuvenating day, retire to one of the area’s many accommodation options, from hotels to inns to holiday park cabins.
Isle of Harris, Scotland
With its dramatic highland peaks, expansive greenery, and otherworldly coastlines, Scotland is a fantastic place to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, and what better place to avoid crowds than the Outer Hebrides? The dreamy Isle of Harris is a tranquil, rugged destination where you can take bracing walks and dips in the clear, crisp sea without running into too many other people. Pedal along the Hebridean Way Cycling Route for a glimpse of the award-winning Luskentyre Sands beach, and visit the secluded Seilebost Beach for some incredibly photogenic holiday snaps. There are two options for ferries to the island: you can either catch a direct ferry from Uig on Skye, or go on the Ullapool ferry to Stornoway on Lewis and then drive south – the isles are connected. Accommodation mainly comprises of guest houses, bed and breakfasts, and holiday cottages.
The Norfolk Broads, or “Britain’s Magical Waterland”, provides the perfect social distancing holiday for people who love boating. The Broads span a huge 125 miles by England’s east coast, stretching to Norwich and Great Yarmouth, and are reachable by the A47. Sail along the calm waterways and enjoy the beautiful landscape gliding by. On the banks you’ll find picturesque market towns such as Aylsham, Reepham, and Acle, where you can jump off to stretch your legs and find some sustenance. There are also water sports, such as fishing and canoeing, on offer. If boating isn’t your thing, you’ll be able to find plenty of holiday cottages in this area too.