Visitors to South Wales have long held the historic county of Glamorgan in high regard. Twinning the urban centres of Cardiff and Swansea with the world-famous green, green grass of rural Wales, there is certainly plenty on offer. So what exactly should visitors to this famed part of the world do on their breaks?
Here in the UK, we have some of Europe’s best walking and cycling routes right on our doorstep. We’ve already taken a look at some of the many sprawling National Trails on our lands, but the next instalment in our “All about the…” series is one of our personal favourites. When you think of Yorkshire you might think of puddings, terriers and tea; but when we think of Yorkshire, we think of the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of four National Trails located in the county, and stretches for 79 miles from Hessle to Filey – so if you’ve ever trekked along the Cleveland Way before you’ll have either started or finished at an end-point of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. It’s considered one of the best trails for newbies as it’s not too long, the terrain isn’t as challenging, and there’s plenty to see and do en route.
The whole walk will take you around five to six days, but if you need to pick and choose which stretches you want to walk, here’s a breakdown of what you can expect.
When you consider the quintessential British summer, it probably involves garden parties, canapés and…bog snorkelling?
No, you haven’t misread. Britain is home to some weird and wonderful sports over the summer months and offers some interesting alternatives to traditional summer sports and activities, like tennis and cricket.
Fancy trying something new this year?
If you were in New York City and a local asked you where they should visit during their stay in England, you’ll certainly say London; for busy urban areas, you’ll likely say Manchester and Birmingham; for vibrancy and scenic seaside qualities, you might say the Westcountry or Brighton. One place that doesn’t necessarily spring to mind, however, is Durham.
We’re lucky in Britain that our seasons are so wonderfully defined; each one quite distinct from its predecessor due to the colour of the leaves on the trees, the abundance of native flowers and the low-lying mist on the ground. It would be difficult to choose a favourite season, even the tumultuous grey skies of late autumn, the withering heat of summer and the frozen ground of mid-winter have their charms – but there’s something about spring; this awakening of nature after its sleepy hibernation and regeneration of flora and fauna.
From chalky cliffs to endless green fields, it’s a popular route which attracts walkers, hikers, horse riders and bikers; not to mention families having a picnic or couples enjoying a short stroll.
English Heritage protects and preserves some amazing historical buildings across the country. Last summer they asked their facebook fans for their top 10 favourite castles – and here’s the list…
1. Dover Castle, Kent
Standing high above the White Cliffs, Dover Castle has guarded our shores for over 900 years. You need a whole day, maybe two to uncover everything Dover Castle has to offer, from meeting medieval royalty in the Great Tower to exploring deep underground in the Wartime Tunnels.
“Time travel castle! My imagination was sent into overdrive. Secret tunnels, medieval banquets, beautiful chapels all in one place.”
“My favourite castle is Dover because we love pretending to be medieval knights and then straight onto secret WWII operations all in a day!”
“Eight hours of pure pleasure and not a minute unfilled. Best day ever for all ages. Not to be missed.”.
The locations in which films are set often end up playing just as large a part in the story as the actors and actresses. While film fans can’t necessarily head out and meet the people they see in British films, they can visit the places in which they were shot. For some inspiration, here are some suggestions of must-visit film locations in Britain.
Braveheart – multiple locations in Scotland
You know a film is popular when tourism in its main location suddenly goes through the roof, and that’s exactly what happened in the city of Stirling and other locations in Scotland following Braveheart’s 1995 release.
Devon is a gorgeous place to visit at any time of year. Whether you’re going for a romantic staycation, a fun-filled family day out or a solo walking holiday, you’re in for a real treat. Whilst you may have already booked yourself a luxury hotel or sweet little cottage, do you know what you’re actually going to do in Devon during your visit?