‘a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad’
Here’s a term that has grown in popularity over the past few years and, this year more than ever, it makes sense to holiday closer to home. As much as we all like to ‘get away’ the uncertainty that surrounds taking a trip to foreign climes at the moment may well take the edge off the excitement and build up that is part and parcel of your holiday.
Why pile on the added pressure of ‘will we/won’t we be able to fly’ when there are so many UK destinations that rival anything that can be found abroad. Whilst our UK weather can be more challenging than you might like, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect and can pack accordingly – as quoted by Alfred Wainwright “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” So, where better to spend your summer staycation than Wainwright’s favourite stomping ground, the English Lake District?
A walker’s paradise, whatever your age and ability
Heralded as ‘one of the most beautiful corners of England’, the Lake District with its World Heritage status, really is a must-visit destination. There is no denying it provides some of the most breath-taking scenery as well as a multitude of opportunities for visitors, no matter what their passion. Renowned as a walker’s paradise, the Lake District is not just geared up for the experienced walkers with their Brasher boots, walking poles, OS map and compass in hand. If it’s a challenge you are after, there are of course many climbs you can take on, either by yourselves or as part of a guided group. But many visitors relish the chance to get out into the fresh air and enjoy a gentle stroll through woodland or around one of the smaller lakes or tarns as a break from the norm and to be ‘at one with nature’.
Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100
Presented by Julia Bradbury, watch it on ITV catchup if you missed it, one of the best advertisements for taking a UK Staycation this year. For local residents and lovers of the Lake District, there’s no surprise that 5 of the country’s top 10 places were Lake District walks, including Helvelyn taking the no 1 spot. We really are so lucky to have such a beautiful part of the UK so, come on book your Summer Staycation and start exploring the best of Britain. (os.uk/100walks)
A cultural gem
If you are not one for sitting around and like to enrich your cultural side whist away, the Lake District is steeped in history and has a vast number of attractions and historical houses open to the public as well as museums, art galleries and some very gorgeous gardens. To name just a few:
- Hill Top Farm – home to beloved children’s book author Beatrix Potter;
- Dove Cottage – home of the poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy;
- Brantwood, on the shores of Coniston Water, was the home of John Ruskin, one of the greatest figures of the Victorian age;
- Blackwell – Designed by noted architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, this Grade I listed building is one of the UK’s finest examples of Arts & Crafts architecture.
An outdoor playground
For thrill seekers and those with a taste of adventure The Lake District offers some fantastic experiences to try, with some of the best activity providers in the UK. Whether you want to swing through the trees or speed across the water you are certain to find a place to offer you the perfect Lake District adventure activity.
Reasons why for 2021
Reasons to choose the Lake District for a UK staycation are varied and numerous but 3 that we think make the choice compelling this year in particular:
- Minimise the unknown
After nearly 12 months of uncertainty – will we be allowed to travel? will we have to quarantine? what if the rules change whilst we’re away?… let’s minimise the risk. No queues at the airport, no passport control just beautiful scenery, great hospitality, fabulous food and the chance to relax.
Why go anywhere else
- Bring the family together
So many families were kept apart in 2020, a UK break gives the opportunity for you all to come together with your nearest and dearest, relax and enjoy spending time together, having fun and making lasting memories – the Lake District has something to offer for all generations.
Make memories together
- Make up for what you missed
Was there someone in your household that grumbled about having a ‘lockdown birthday’? So many had to change plans for their significant birthdays and special anniversaries, not to mention the low-key Christmas and New Year celebrations… how many landmark occasions did you miss in 2020? Be sure to have something special in the diary this year.
Something to look forward to
So, our advice – grab your diary, check availability and book your perfect staycation and experience it all for yourself – see you soon.