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Our top 5 staycation destinations

Outdoors|13 August 2020
With most holidays abroad been put on the backburner this year we thought now would be the perfect opportunity to share with you, our top 5 holiday destinations here in the UK. We have some of the most beautiful parts of the world in our country, so we thought it was time to start exploring them!
Our top 5 staycation destinations

Polperro, South East Cornwall 

Although there are many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall, Polperro is at the top of our list. With ancient cottages perched on steep hillsides and narrow cobbles streets overlooking the small, picturesque harbour, Polperro is a beautiful, unspoilt fishing village just a few miles along the coast from Looe. Although the stunning seascapes and pretty harbour views are what makes Polperro a must see, a holiday here can be as active or relaxing as you’d like… 

If you’re one to appreciate great views and love to go exploring then there are plenty of clifftop walks that will make sure you get to see the best of Polperro. The five mile coast path walk is also a popular choice as this takes you from Polperro to Looe via the stunning Talland Bay Beach. There are several other beautiful beaches close by to Polperro like the small beach just outside the harbour wall (best visited at low tide) and the quiet, remote, dog friendly Landsallos beach. There’s something for everyone. 

Polperro is best known for its locally caught seafood and so it’s no surprise that there is a number of café’s, restaurants and pubs all within walking distance that will serve up the best catch of the day! 
Lastly, if you fancy something a little different, the Eden Project is less than 40 minutes away from Polperro. Featuring the worlds largest indoor rainforest it makes for the perfect family day out whatever the weather. 

Northumberland 

With more castles than anywhere else in the UK, you will not be short of beautiful views and sightseeing opportunities when you visit Northumberland. Bamburgh and Alnwick are just two on a very long list of beautiful castles that we think are a must see. 

Northumberland also has it’s fair share of beaches and islands. From stretches of hard, flat sand perfect for building sand castles, sheltered gems great for cosy picnics or vast expanses of beach ideal for long walks with the dog, there really is a beach for everyone. 

If you feel like mixing it up a bit, Northumberland is also home to beautiful countryside’s with valleys, hills and meadows a plenty. We say, pack a picnic and head for the hills for a tranquil Northumberland walk packed with views and wildlife. 

And lastly, with fresh produce around every corner, it makes finding somewhere to enjoy your evening meal a real challenge. Try fresh seafood, handmade bread and locally sauced Northumberland cheese all while enjoying the local tipple from the gin distilleries and breweries. 

Yorkshire Dales

There are so many beautiful places to explore in the Yorkshire Dales, each one containing so much beauty, character and history. 

Richmond is the perfect place to start if you’re looking at where to stay when heading to the Yorkshire Dales. It’s the culture capital of the Dales and offers a perfect blend of history and scenery. With a wide variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants here, you’ll never be short of somewhere to eat in Richmond. There is a local Fish and Chips shop (which is always a popular choice)  as well as international cuisine such as French Bistro’s and quaint Itallian Restaurants. 

Leyburn is also a popular destination in the Dales due to its striking limestone ‘shawl’ and nearby Aysgarth Falls. Leyburn is best explored on foot and the town’s network bridleways and paths are a perfect place to start. 

Lastly, we recommend a visit to Hawes. This magical market town is Englands highest, set 850 feet above sea water. There is a lively Tuesday market that has been going for many, many years and is still one of the main attractions. 

Robin Hood's Bay 

Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque fishing village on the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors. It’s beautiful sandy beach, rock pools and narrow, twisting cobbled streets are what brings families (and their dog) back year after year. It’s a vibrant village with a wide range of cafes, pubs, restaurants and independent shops ready and waiting for you to discover. There are plenty of stunning coastal walks and cycle pathways to enjoy too. 

Wells-next-the-Sea 

Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the loveliest towns on the North Norfolk Coast. With sweeping sandy beaches bordered with colourful beach huts to the pretty leafy green, known as ‘The Butlands’ with its warm and welcoming taverns, Wells is the perfect seaside destination. 

The award-winning Wells beach is famous for its pine trees, sand dunes and colourful beach huts and is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, flying a kite and building a sandcastle. 

The Quay is just as beautiful and is buzzing with life. Here is where you’ll find fresh shellfish and Fish and Chips (which tastes even better when enjoyed on the harbour wall, watching the boats come and go). The Albatross is a former Dutch cargo ship built in 1899. She is one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat and is now permanently moored alongside the Quay in Wells. 

Finally, The Butlands which lies in the heart of Wells. It’s an attractive leafy green square, lined with lime trees. Elegant Georgian house overlook the green and is the perfect place to enjoy good food, good fun and good weather in the summer months! 
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