It’s 2020 summer, and most of us are spending it in our own native countries. Unfortunately, a large portion of journeys abroad had to be cancelled because of the uncertain health situation internationally. But worry not – because holidaying in the UK has lots to offer, from the wild beaches and dramatic mountain scenery to rustic villages and vast national parks. Many lesser-known wonderful places are worth exploring, so let’s get right into it.
Partake in three peaks challenge
Summer is the perfect time to climb a mountain or three…? That’s what this challenge is about and will surely get your adrenaline rushing. The mountains include Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland.
Why is it worth it?
It sure is an impressive achievement to add to your collection, because each of these mountains are highest in their respective countries. The view when you climb the top is more than worth the struggle. Just make sure to pick a day when the weather is clear.
Fingal’s cave in the Isle of Staffa
The best way to reach this Scottish island is by a ferry from Oban. Staffa island is an unhabituated since the
19th century, well except for flocks of puffins and seagulls. The island itself is impressively made from numerous vertical stones.
Now, the main attraction is Fingal’s sea cave – it has a large entrance, but narrow space to walk so you need to be extra careful. When looking down from within the cave, you’ll see that it is surrounded by sea that can sometimes even reach the pathway. Make sure to pick a sunny day for this trip as rainy weather can make it extreme.
If you want a beach holiday…
Gaddings Dam, Yorkshire
It is the UK’s highest beach which means trekking up to the top for half an hour to reach it. The best way to get to Gaddings Dam is with a car – there’s a car park near Shepherds Rest Inn pub which is at the base of the beach. Truly a unique wild beach, it’s popular with locals, especially at the summer.
Aberystwyth is a small Welsh resort town situated near the Irish sea and surrounded by scenic hills. It is a place that combines relaxation with exploration. Not only does it have a beach, but also a Constitution hill close-by that you can climb and gaze at the breath-taking views from the above. With rows of colourful houses at the seafront, it is a good place to snap holiday photos.
The Isle of Barra
This isle boasts turquoise blue sea and white sand stretches that go for miles. There are two ways to get there – by a plane or a boat from Oban. It doesn’t feel like you’re in Scotland when on the island, more like the Mediterranean country. Definitely worth a visit.
If you want to rest from the rat-race…
When you’re tired from just about everything, these places will recharge your batteries in no-time.
St Dunstan in the East
You would probably be surprised, but in the middle of the centre of London, there is an open-air medieval church complete with a little park. It is an ideal place to rest and catch your breath from busy city life.
Tintagel in Cornwall
Tintagel is a magical village in North Cornwall, where everything is surrounded by King Arthur’s legend. You’ll need to climb up many steep steps to get to the castle which is built on a hill and encircled by the stunning sea. There’s also Merlin’s cave and Arthur’s statue, it is quite a nice walk and is good if you need that fresh air.
Keswick in Cumbria
A quaint village in Cumbria, Keswick is an excellent starting point to explore the Lake District. A place of interest includes Friars Crag which is situated near Derwentwater (also known as Kenswick lake). It is great for water-sports, such as canoeing and kayaking.
And here you have it, these places prove that UK’s is full of spectacular locations and that’s just scratching the surface. So why not explore them this summer and experience more of what this beautiful country has to offer.