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For Brits, ditching the passport and opting for a holiday closer to home is often not even an option. Unless you get on an aeroplane, it isn’t a true holiday. However, this isn’t the case. Whether a citizen yourself, or considering flying over to England for a holiday, there are many locations spanning from the Pennines to Penzance that many return to year upon year for their annual holiday. Let us show you exactly what you are missing out on.
Devon’s coastline is often referred to as the English Riviera. The 22-mile stretch of outstanding shores experience some of the UK’s warmest weather and the picturesque villages make it one of the most visited holiday destinations in the country. Popular locations such as Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Salcombe are the usual hotspots, but there are some locations a little off the beaten track.
Down the coast from Torcross is the wonderful coastal hamlet of Beesands. Fisherman’s cottages line the shore and there is a welcoming pub and a famous fish-shack restaurant to keep holidaymakers fed and watered. Like all of Devon, it can become congested in the summer months, but it is ideal for an autumnal or winter escape if you prefer complete peace and quiet.
The beautiful medieval town of Rye is in the heart of 1066 battle country. Enveloped in history, the town is centred around a small harbour which leads out onto Rye Bay. There are plenty of beaches just a short journey away, but staying in quaint Rye, amongst the antiques shops and quirky restaurants, is the perfect base for an East Sussex holiday.
Undoubtedly the one place you must stay in Rye is The Mermaid Inn. Step off the cobbled street into a building dating back to 1156. Painstakingly looked after, the hotel is a maze of creaking staircases and sloping ceilings, and you will feel as if you are in a time warp. The hotel and its rooms are true to its colourful 600-year history and you can expect to share a drink at the bar with the spirits of smugglers who once used the inn as their base. With Battle and Hastings just a short drive away, there are plenty of historical attractions to teach you more about the coastal region’s varied heritage.
Often referred to as the Lakes or Lakeland, the Lake District is in the North West of England. It is the UK’s most celebrated national park and many have been holidaying in the area for years upon years. Camping and caravanning are two popular options for those taking in the wilderness of the Lake District. One of the sites run by the National Trust, Low Wray, is particularly loved by visitors due to its location on the western shoreline of Lake Windemere.
Holidaying in the Lake District is suited to those who want an outdoor adventure. Walking, cycling and water sports are exactly what the scenic land is perfect for. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside the likes of the Taj Mahal and Grand Canyon, you can begin to speculate as to how inspiring this English location is.
The picturesque Cornish port and village of Mevagissey retains much of its old town charm. The houses that enclose the harbour are hues of pastel, whereas the medieval buildings of the town echo the white and black timber trend of the 11th century. Once at the heart of Cornwall’s smugglers ring, the port that once ferried the tyrants in and out is still in use today.
Mevagissey is particularly popular with seafood loving foodies. With fish from ocean to plate in a matter of hours, there is no better place to sample some of England’s freshest fare. A favourite restaurant with holiday makers is Salamander. The menu is home to Mevagissey scallops and fish dishes change depending on what was caught that day.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds are what many from overseas envisage when they think of England. Rolling hills give way to picturesque country hamlets with stone cottages and thatched farmhouses. The Cotswolds is undeniably beautiful and echoes England’s agricultural history, making it a popular holiday retreat, particularly for those with healthy budgets.
The Cotswolds spans five English counties, each with its own identity. Over 3,000 miles of footpaths wind their way around the rural landscape, which can be enjoyed on foot, biciycle or horseback. Holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation too, from idyllic campsites and charming bed and breakfasts, to country cottages and stately manor houses.
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