So, I have just come back from a wonderful holiday in Cornwall. I love Cornwall. When the sun shines you could be mistaken for being in the Mediterranean – the picturesque coves, turquoise seas, white sands. It really is stunning – a world away from home. This year, we went with friends and their little daughter who made the perfect playmate for The Little One – only ten months between them. We had the most beautiful postcard view of Carbis Bay, St Ives just around the corner. Because we were treated to such good weather, we all spent most of our time on the beach…. and were gutted to come home.
What now? Well we’re looking for another get-away. I find the best thing to do during those post holiday blues, is book yourself another break. And there’s so much to do in the UK, so many great places to visit for a fun-filled time. Here are five destinations on my ‘must-visit’ radar…
A great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Perfect countryside. Such a beautiful part of the world with its rolling hills, cascading waterfalls and wildlife. Quiet. Peaceful. A wonderful place to unwind and chase away from the stresses of everyday life. There are plenty of remote self-catering cottages to rent – the idea of being totally surrounded by the sounds of nature is heavenly. Mustn’t forget my walking boots either, the Peak District is a walking spot.
This autumn we could book a cheap train ticket to Brighton online and explore the south east of England in style. I love Brighton beach and the pier. We haven’t taken The Little One yet – she would so enjoy going on the Brighton Wheel. Then for some self indulgence, it has to be the boutique stalls and unique fashion trends of The Lanes. I like the idea of having a late lunch in the marina for a bite to eat, and topping it all off with a visit the Royal Pavilion – built for King George IV.
Why not head to Canterbury for a relaxing weekend? That’s the question I find myself asking now the nights are drawing in and the leaves scattering about the place. It’s a lovely small city, easy to navigate, so well-known for its world-famous cathedral, higgledy-piggledy streets and quaint little tea shops. I really want to visit St Augustine’s Abbey and admire the spectacular views from the old city walls.
I love walking. I love the calming effect nature has on me. And at this time of year I couldn’t think of a better place to stretch my legs than Glen Nevis with its miles of unspoilt countryside. I imagine the air is like champagne. And if The Little One gets tired, we can put her in the back pack. I’m sure we’ll meet lots of friendly ramblers, trekkers and runners on our adventures. Maybe sneak in a bit of bird watching. But the main attraction has to be Ben Nevis – I’ve always wanted to get up close to Britain’s highest mountain.
Cambridge is just up the road from where we live, and my husband is currently working there during the week. He keeps saying we must all spend a weekend there and I happen to agree. First there’s the stunning university, and its exquisite colleges. Then there are the well-maintained parks, nature reserves and play areas – great for our family of three. It’s a wonderful city for a winter stroll. And If the weather really behaves, who knows, we could even enjoy a spot of punting on the River Cam.
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. One thing I am certain of is that we will be going away this Autumn…. now which destination will it be?
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