10 Post Lockdown Staycation Ideas For This Summer

While the country remains in lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s fair to say many will have had to change or completely cancel travel plans for the time being. With times remaining uncertain, booking a summer beach holiday or even some winter sun could prove risky, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no prospect of post-lockdown fun to be had.

England was recently voted by Lonely Planet as the second-best tourist destination in the world, showing how in-demand these shores are – but often what we have right at our fingertips goes unnoticed as we look to foreign climes.

From the Inner Hebrides to the tip of Cornwall, there’s so much beauty right on our doorstep which remains relatively untapped. As such, there’s never been a better opportunity to experience the delights a UK staycation has to offer.

So while a villa holiday in Italy may be off the cards, here are 10 great staycation ideas to whet your appetite.

1. Walk along the stunning England Coast Path

The timing for planning a trip to the coast couldn’t be better, with new sections of the stunning England Coast Path due to open this year, meaning visitors will be able to take in the sensational scenery for 2,800 miles. While the whole route may be a little much for a single getaway, there’s no reason why it can’t be enjoyed in sections over the course of a few outdoorsy holidays. Numerous coastal paths already line the country’s edge, presenting interesting and challenging terrain, but with the reward of unmissable views. One of the most recent sections of the England Coast Path to open is in Norfolk, with a 25-mile stretch between Sea Palling and Weybourne to enjoy.

2. Visit the impressive St Michael’s Mount

Standing proudly as one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks, St Michael’s Mount can be accessed via an enticing cobbled causeway from Marazion Beach. And it’s well worth the visit. A monastery has stood on the site since the 5th Century, while the current abbey was constructed in the most part by Benedictine monks six centuries later, so it’s steeped in history. Alongside the building, a summer visit will see you greeted with beautiful, vibrant exotic flowers and shrubs.

3. Have fun llama trekking in Cumbria

What better way to experience the gorgeous Cumbrian countryside than with a llama or three as your companions? This slightly quirky but enjoyable experience is a fun way to see nature and get some fresh air and exercise, but with a great story to tell when you’re back in the office too. You can walk with and even feed the llamas during the two-and-a-half-hour experience, which also presents plenty of photo-taking opportunities.

4. Retrace the steps of the Romans at Hadrian’s Wall

Even to this day, Hadrian’s Wall probably remains one of the most historic sites in the whole of the UK. The remaining portion of the wall stretches for 73 miles from Wallsend to Solway Firth, with its forts, milecastles and turrets carrying on as far as Maryport and Ravenglass. The Hadrian’s Wall Path runs alongside the structure, allowing visitors to explore both history and some beautiful nature at the same time. Along the way, there’s so much to see and do, from visiting the Roman Army Museum to the Ravenglass Roman Bathhouse and plenty besides.

5. Explore Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

The Jurrasic Coast is as fascinating as it is beautiful, and provides a real treat for hikers, nature seekers, fossil collectors, history enthusiasts and simply those wanting a bit of British sea air. Visitors can enjoy sights from Studland, where you will find Old Harry Rocks, to the postcard town of Sidmouth, with attractions such as Beer Quarry Caves, Seaton Tramway, Dorset County Museum, Splashdown and Otterton Mill, alongside a whole host of watersports and outdoor adventure activities.

6. Enjoy wine tasting in Cornwall

There’s always time for a tipple when on holiday – it’s often the best part! So why not make a visit to a vineyard a key part of your staycation? Cornwall is awash with opportunities to enjoy a wine tour, thanks to the county’s climate being ideal for grape growing. Wine tours and tastings are a great chance to get outside in lovely surroundings, learn something interesting and enjoy some fresh, high-quality wine at the same time.

7. Go wild swimming in Snowdonia

If you’re looking for a staycation which provides a great opportunity to get back to nature, you’ll be hard-pushed to find anything that ticks more boxes than wild swimming in Snowdonia. Known at Wales’ Lake District, there are plenty of options to choose from to take a dip, from glorious, tranquil spots to those which are slightly tricky to get to. Check out Bala Lake and Watkins Path Waterfall as great starting points.

8. Go whale watching around the Isle of Skye

You don’t need to jet off to exotic locations to be within touching distance of some of the ocean’s most beautiful creatures. Around Scotland’s stunning Isle of Skye, it’s not unusual to be able to spot minke whales, killer whales, basking sharks and even dolphins in their natural environment. Head to Glendale for a truly memorable staycation.

9. Sunbathe on Holkham Beach

Grab your bucket and spade, a good book and head to Holkham Beach. Just north of Norwich on the Norfolk coast, it offers a relaxing beach escape and is one of the most unspoilt stretches of sand in the country. It even features in the film Shakespeare in Love! A truly picturesque and calming retreat, when you’ve got this on the doorstep, there’s no need to miss Spain.

10. Visit Elegug Stacks in Pembrokeshire

Situated on the Welsh coast in Pembrokeshire, Elegug Stacks are a truly dramatic sight. The natural rock arch and rock pillars make for a fantastic day out and a great photo opportunity too. With plenty of walking routes nearby, you won’t be short of things to do and places to explore, just try not to get too close to the edge when enjoying the Stacks.

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