A Great British Summer

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After the year we've all had, we could do with a vacation! While we may not be able to get on a plane to enjoy the sunshine easily anymore, we have some pretty great spots right here in Great Britain. So why not explore them!

From nature trails to the much-loved British seaside, discover the best places to vacation this summer with this handy guide...

Wales

Explore Wales by railway. With over 10 heritage railway lines, each with incredible views through national parks and seaside towns, it’s an idyllic way to explore the very best that Wales has to offer.

Surrounded by water on three sides, Wales has more than its fair share of dramatic coastline. Some of the most imposing are found along the coast of the Pembrokeshire Peninsula, which juts out into the Irish Sea, much of it falling within the boundaries of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. So pack your trunks and head to the coast!

Cornwall 

Pick up a new skill this Summer by learning to surf on one of Cornwall’s iconic sandy beaches then treat yourself to a cream tea after a salty day in the water and start it all over again the next day!

Make sure to visit St Michael’s Mount. Situated just off the south coast of Cornwall, this crop of rocks is accessible via a causeway when the tide is low, but not when the tide is high. It’s possible to combine visiting this National Trust-owned hideaway with a walk along the South West costal path to nearby Penzance.

Isles of Scilly 

Scilly is well known for its simple pleasures and relaxed pace of life. Visitors love the scenery, the peace, the tranquillity. There’s plenty of reason to kick back, relax and do very little, but plenty to enjoy too.

Unspoilt and untouched, discover crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and fresh seafood at every turn.

New Forest 

Nestled on England’s stunning South coast, with its picturesque wild ponies, sweeping expanses of purple heathland and an incredible array of wildlife, the New Forest National Park is a treat to visit. With an array of walking and cycling routes to explore, forest activities to enjoy and quaint towns to visit, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do next.

The Malvern Hills 

Grab your walking boots and get ready to enjoy majestic views from the top of the world-famous Malvern Hills. Part of this beautiful area is a designated area of outstanding beauty. Rich in heritage the arts and contains a huge number of activities, tours and attractions the Malvern Hills are definitely not one to be missed.

Brighton 

Take a trip to the British seaside! Enjoy fish and chips on the beach, get lost in The Laines or visit the traditional beach-side Swedish Sauna and cool off in the sea.

Wensleydale

Home of Wensleydale cheese, this traditional Yorkshire town is a great day trip for adults and families. Wander through town to lunch at the ‘cheese factory’ and walk it off with a brisk hike across the dales.

The Shetland Islands

Discover magical beaches, mysterious Viking history and, if you’re lucky, swim with seals and otters on a staycation to the Shetland Islands.

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