If you’ve been thinking about getting away this summer, there’s a good chance that you’ve considered whether you want to go abroad or stay in the UK. But, with overseas travel prices pushed to their limit over the school break, it’s little wonder that 66% of Britons are aiming to stay at home and explore a more local destination this year (ABTA figures).
While this country may not have the exotic allure of some far-off places, it does have beautiful countryside, fascinating history, and plenty of charm, so you can still expect your getaway to be incredibly enjoyable. To help you get the most out of your British break, we’ve put together some essential tips to get the most out of your time off. Read on to find out more.
1. Get Your Boots On & Explore
One of the true highlights of a break in the British countryside is the walking, hiking, and cycling opportunities that are on offer. This country has some truly breathtaking scenery to enjoy, and the best way to take it all in is on foot or by bike — after all, it’s a great feeling when the effort of climbing that hill is rewarded with a spectacular view.
If you’re really looking to get off the beaten path and explore, why not choose a location for your getaway that’s near one of the UK’s National Trails, a selection of the best walking and cycling routes that this country has to offer. These trails are ideal whether you’re looking for a longer trip or a shorter jaunt, so be sure to read up on them beforehand.
2. Don’t Forget To Bring The Pooch Along
Another great advantage of holidaying in the British countryside is the fact that you don’t need to leave your pooch at home when you’re away. There are plenty of places you can stay that are completely dog-friendly: the accommodation listed by Canine Cottages is a great place to start your search as they have listings that span the whole of the UK. That means you can enjoy time away with the entire family, as well as plenty of walkies together.
But, if you plan on taking your dog along with you, you’ll need to make sure that they’re ready to travel safely to and from the place you’re staying. This guide from The Kennel Club has plenty of great advice for keeping your pet safe and comfortable on the road. In addition, Millbry Hill have a range of essential dog travel accessories you may need before you set off, such as portable water dishes, seatbelt attachments, and dog beds.
3. Delve Into Your Destination’s Local History
Britain is a country with a lot of rich history, and your staycation can be a great opportunity to delve into the past. Now, we don’t mean spending hours in the library, but actually getting a feel for the local area by exploring its best historical attractions.
Thanks to its long (and often bloody) past, the UK has a plethora of castles and forts to discover, and it’s likely that you won’t be far away from an interesting site on your weekend away. English Heritage has almost 400 places of interest up and down the country, and their location tool makes it very easy to find one nearby. So, put a postcode in and prepare to get lost in a really good castle!
4. Sample Some Of Britain’s Finest Pubs
A trip to the countryside wouldn’t be complete without an evening in a traditional British country pub, and thankfully they’re not difficult to find. Whether you want to sample some of the local ales, fill up on some home-cooked food, or you just need a beer garden to rest in after a long hike, a village pub is the perfect place to spend some time.
If you’re really looking for the best of the best, take a look at the Independent’s list of the top 13 pubs in the UK to see if there’s any near you that are worth going out of the way to visit.
Follow our essential tips and you’ll be able to get the most out of your countryside getaway. There’s plenty to see and do, and you won’t regret staying in the UK for your summer holiday.