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Group Holiday Ideas in England
‘Staycation’ is, yet again, the buzzword for summer 2021. If someone had looked into a crystal ball and predicted that our main travel plans fifteen months after the beginning of the pandemic would still be walking from the sofa to the kitchen fridge, we’d probably have laughed in their face. But alas, here we are. To beat the blues, @emilys.eyes.explore has put together some itineraries for the perfect English staycation.
Although many of us have been disappointed by postponed trips and green list uncertainty, now is not the time to be sad. With many too nervous to venture further afield, now more than ever, we have the chance to rediscover what we have on our Great British doorstep – and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how amazing this country really is. It’s easy to overlook, but England truly has some gems, neatly tucked away behind beautiful beaches and quaint villages. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get exploring!
Perhaps your interrailing trip is cancelled or you want to spend time with your mates before university starts up again. Either way, Cornwall is first on our list to ‘staycate’ this summer.
Whether you’re choosing to spend your morning hiking the South West Coastal Path, one of the most scenic walking routes in all of the UK, or decide to rent bikes and cycle the infamous Camel Trail from Padstow to Bodmin, you are spoilt for choice. Cornwall also has some of the best beaches in all of England, so whether you prefer relaxing or want to try your hand at surfing, make sure you visit Fistral Beach for a bit of both.
The Cotswolds is quintessentially English; from its picturesque walks to quaint villages, you can be as active or as relaxed as you want. If you’re looking for a more peaceful day, explore Lower Slaughter where you can pop into a local pub or take photos of the gorgeous stream on Copse Hill Road. If you want to explore on foot, there are several beautiful walks on the Cotswold Way National Trail.
Make sure that you’ve got your hiking boots with you – the Yorkshire Dales has an abundance of villages, meadows, waterfalls, woodland treks and caves to walk to, so you’re going to want comfortable footwear. You can take many walks through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, from a gentle 5 miles to the more strenuous 70-mile hike to the Lady Anne’s Way and the Dales Inn Way. Try to fit in some castle viewing – we’re fans of Skipton Castle and Fountains Abbey – and some magnificent waterfalls, such as Cautley Spout and Aysgarth Falls.
Oxfordshire is a lovely place to stay for the weekend. Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan and want to join a tour of locations used for filming, visit the beautiful Blenheim Palace where Winston Churchill was born or take a leisurely walk around Grandpont Nature Park, it’s a great place to spend a weekend with friends.