Many British holiday makers travel further afield when the warm season hits. But in truth, there are plenty of beautiful locations right here at home, all the way from Cornwall in the South to Scotland in the North.
Forget St. Ives, Newquay or Penzance. If you’re looking to take a relaxing break down in Cornwall, you need look no further than the area around Porthcurno beach. With its striking natural landscape – white sand, granite rock, rolling pastures and turquoise sea – this tiny village is also home to the Minack theatre; an outdoor theatre literally built into the cliff face overlooking Porthcurno beach. Back in the late 1800s, Porthcurno was also an important international communications centre, a local history that has been immortalised through the Telegraph Museum in the town.
St Andrews, Scotland
Mention the name St Andrews and the majority of people will think of one thing: golf. Whilst its true that the town will forever be known for its golfing heritage, there are plenty of other activities to take part in as well. For the biking enthusiasts, St Andrews has an intricate network of cycling routes that pretty much surround the majority of the town. Or if the open seas appeal to you more, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, land yachting or even power kiting.
Glenridding, Lake District
The Lake district is an area of stunning natural beauty. But unfortunately, the more well known areas around Ambleside and Windermere have become overrun with tourists during the summertime. Glenridding on the other hand, is still fairly untarnished by tourism and is a fantastic spot for walkers and hikers alike.
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Like many areas of Britain, Cheddar Gorge has become a very popular tourist destination. But this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the natural beauty of the area, away from the masses. Slip away from the tourists traps and visit Long Wood or Velvet Bottom for a real glimpse of British nature and wildlife. And avoid the thousands of tourists by staying outside the danger zone, at the tranquil Tor Farm just outside Nylor for instance.
Hidden Gems to Be Found
There is of course nothing wrong with venturing outside the UK for your holidays. But it’s good to be aware that – although some of our choice tourist destinations can become overbearing and crowded – there are still some hidden gems to be found, if you know where to look.