Even in today’s challenging economic climate, many people are finding the time and money to take a holiday. And good for them – holidays are more important than many people realise. They recharge our batteries, so to speak. They help us relieve stress and give us something to look forward to. Not to mention that holidays give us the opportunities to explore the world around us, meet new people, and learn new things.
Books are great but nothing competes with seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Nile River. But for those would be travellers strapped for cash, France and Egypt may be a little too far away. Not to worry, there are plenty of great vacations closer to home. The coast is a great place to start exploring.
Below are five of the best activities to do on a coastal Britain holiday.
Travel Tip #1 – Don’t miss the Olympic town of Weymouth. What is a tour of the coast without a few coastal towns? Enjoy the authentic coastal feeling of some beautiful, fun towns dotting Britain’s coastline. In Weymouth – the site of the Olympic sailing events – you can visit the Blue Flag rated beach in the morning and then explore sites like the Portland Bill Lighthouse, the Pavilion Theatre, and Portland Castle. Check out the Jurassic Safari for a tour including a mix of wildlife, ancient architecture and beautiful, breathtaking views.
Travel Tip #2 – Go camping on Arthur’s Field. Located in Treloan, Cornwall, Arthur’s Field is one of the country’s most famous campsites and a favorite of British families. Located on the beautiful Roseland peninsula, the site is open all year but is especially enjoyable in the summer. Kids can enjoy the farm animals – pigs, chickens, rabbits, you name it – while adults attend the art workshops. Take an evening stroll on one of the three secluded beaches, or stay around the campfire singing songs and listening to stories.
Travel Tip #3 – Go for a beautiful coastal walk. One of the greatest parts about the coast is walking along its edge, breathing in the fresh air and taking in the gorgeous vistas. There are a million great treks to take, but there are a few in particular worth adding to your schedule. A climb up Oliver’s Mount and the Mere, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire gives hikers breathtaking views of the adorable, seaside Scarborough. At the top you’ll find a notable war memorial. For something a lot more challenging, try the 24-mile Cistercian Way in Cumbria.
Travel Tip #4 – Check out Polgreen Camping. Located in St. Mawgan, Cornwall, Polgreen Camping is a great little campsite hidden away in the coastal country. Right along the Cornish coast, the campsite is only a 20-minute walk to the beach where you can also hit the café. For a day trip, head over to the aquarium at Newquay.
Travel Tip #5 – Visit Stonehaven. If you’re look for a few dramatic, raw, British landscapes, Stonehaven is the destination for you. There’s a 150-mile trail running from Aberdeen, but you don’t need to do the whole thing to see some breathtaking views and get some stunning pictures for your Facebook page. Check out the whisky distillery in town for some tasty, adult fun, or simply stroll around one of the U.K.’s liveliest harbors, originally built in the 1600s.
About the author: Lindsay Parrich is a respected travel freelance writer and has covered the industry for many years. When she’s not busy writing poignant travel articles, you can find her covering bird deterrents for marinas and other useful things for outdoor adventurists.