Many international visitors to the UK focus their experience on London - and while the capital certainly holds plenty of appeal, Britain has so much more to offer than the big city experience. Whether you're looking for a more relaxing break or want to experience the UK's quintessential countryside gems, there's something for everyone!Today, we're bringing you 5 of the UK's best outdoor destinations - so you can get a taste for coast and country life away from the city and plan your next relaxing UK break.
Situated in the North East of England, just below the Scottish border, the stunning coastal county of Northumberland can be reached in just three hours by train from London. Home to some of the UK's most spectacular coastline, it's a perfect destination for a seaside escape. Park in the picturesque harbour village of Craster and take a walk along the clifftops to Dunstanburgh Castle, before finishing off with lunch in one of Craster's fantastic local pubs and restaurants.
The region is also a hiker's paradise with the rolling Cheviot Hills dominating the north of the county. If you're up for a challenge, why not hike along the Pennine Way to the top of The Cheviot? At over 800m above sea level, it offers spectacular panoramic views of the whole of Northumberland. For a truly authentic cottage holiday experience, check out the wide range of self-catering cottages in Northumberland.
Famed for its long sunny days and golden sands, Cornwall is the ideal destination for those after an authentic British seaside experience. For adventurous types who want to experience the full force of nature, why not take a surfing lesson in Newquay, the UK's surf capital? Or for those who prefer something a little more leisurely, you can soak up some culture at the Tate gallery in St. Ives.
From the bustling harbour town of St. Ives to the dramatic Atlantic coastline, whether it's surfing or souvenir shopping, there's something for everyone in this region of England. With an abundance of seaside B&Bs and hotels, there's a wide range of accommodation on offer in this charming corner of the UK.
From wild moors to sandy seaside resorts, Devon has it all - making it the perfect rural escape for a weekend break. Spend a day walking on Dartmoor, one of England's most famous moors to find out first-hand why Devon is a walker's paradise. Fancy a little sun, sea and sand? Head to Dawlish, one of Devon's many charming fishing towns - and don't forget the bucket and spade!
After a day out exploring the moors or building sandcastles, why not sample some of Devon's famous local dairy products? Try the award-winning Devon Blue cheese or, if you've got a sweet tooth, the locally produced ice cream is the perfect way to end an evening meal. With plenty of local guest houses on offer, you can sample the warm local hospitality too.
Home to the Lake District, Cumbria hugs the north western coast of England. With a range of rivers, lakes and mountains to explore, Cumbria is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. To get the best view of the surrounding landscape, explore the many lakes from the water by hiring a canoe. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the hilly landscape offers plenty of challenging walks and hikes - but make sure you pick up a map of the numerous public footpaths from a tourist information centre before hitting the trails.
Retire to the bustling town of Keswick, with plenty of restaurants and bars where you can relax and unwind after a day out braving the elements. For a true British Lake District experience, camping is the only way to go - with plenty of campsites just a short drive from Keswick's town centre.
While the Peak District reaches into multiple counties, including Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire, its heart sits in Derbyshire. Declared the UK's first national park in 1951, the Peak District is home to misty moors and rugged, mountainous landscape - ideal for hiking and horse riding.
No escape to Derbyshire is complete without paying a visit to the historic Chatsworth House. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Derbyshire, the country estate is open to the public for tours and is well worth a visit. Why not stay at a traditional English country inn? After all that exercise, having a pub downstairs is bound to come in handy!
There you have it - 5 of England's finest outdoor destinations away from the City. Now you're armed with some inspiration, it's time to book your escape.
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2017-11-28 13:13:29