Most of us like to plan a nice holiday, at least once a year. However, 2020 and the Corona virus pandemic have spoiled many a travel plan, so planning a staycation has become the new buzzword.
If you’re based in the UK, there are plenty of places to discover at home. Looking for a UK staycation destination isn’t tricky, but we’ve put together some of the best options to inspire you.
We’ve aimed for a mix of places that are easy to enjoy with some social distancing, and a few others that are easy to get to from some of the UK’s biggest urban centres.
So if you’re looking for the best UK staycation ideas, see if one of these ticks your boxes.
1. North Wales/Snowdonia
There is plenty of wilderness to explore in North Wales, from the beautiful coastline to the rugged mountains of Snowdonia or buzzing towns of Prestatyn and Rhyl. With such a great choice, this makes it much easier to enjoy a UK staycation without having to venture too far afield. For those from Manchester, Liverpool and the North of England, this will be one of the most accessible options.
The vast flat landscape of the broads has been temping visitors for many years. Especially those who like to explore with a barge or longboat. The city of Norwich is a sleepy town, but, interesting fact, it has more pubs per head than anywhere else in the country. For those looking for sea and sun, Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton are always popular for their beaches and entertainment.
Beautiful Devon is a county with lots of hidden gems. From the beaches of the south coast, such as Bigbury and Saunton Sands, to the cities of Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth. Enjoy surfing on golden sand beaches, or wander the wilderness of Dartmoor for some easy social distancing.
4. The Scottish Highlands and Coast
If you’re looking for somewhere where maintaining social distancing isn’t a problem, look no further than Scotland. As a UK staycation destination, there is a lot of choice from the Lochs and mountains of the interior to the islands and beaches up and down the coast. 2020 could be a great time to explore the beautiful Scottish countryside.
5. Gloucester and the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are well known for some of their quaint British scenery and beautiful landscapes. The city of Gloucester is like a quieter version of Bristol, making it a great place to base yourself. Exploring the Cotswolds is easy to do on foot, with lots of walking trails, beautiful forests and sleepy villages. The perfect UK staycation destination!
6. Wales Gower Peninsula
Back in Wales, the south coast is a great beach and surf hotspot, especially the Gower Peninsula. Just a short drive from Swansea and Bristol, you’ll find windswept coastlines, old ruins and plenty of fresh air. It can get busy in peak summer months, but if you’re escaping the city you’ll love the opportunity to enjoy some tranquility in south Wales.
7. North Yorkshire Moors
The land of Wuthering Heights, the Yorkshire Moors are a tourist hotspot any time. But, don’t let that put you off as there is plenty of space for everyone… The Yorkshire Moors also include the fabulous beach towns of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, so you can walk the coast one day and the moors the next.
Respecting the country on your UK staycation
Wherever you end up on your UK staycation in 2020, remember to respect the countryside and the locals. Take your rubbish home, and aim to leave only footprints! Remember as well that during the Coronavirus pandemic (which is still ongoing during 2020) things might take longer than usual, including shopping and accessing popular locations like beaches.
It’s also good to remember to respect the locals, as they have to live there! Make sure you park your vehicle with consideration and avoid being too disruptive with your behavior.
Stay safe, and enjoy your UK staycation!
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