Weekend in the Country
to the UK often think that it's a big country, and to be fair,
when you look at a map and the vast expanse of northern Scotland
it's easy to assume that you can't travel around. For this reason,
many holidaymakers to London ignore the rest of the country altogether,
and stay safely within the boundaries of the M25.
course, with so much to see and do in the capital, it's no great
surprise. For a start there are all the great museums, particularly
in Kensington (which, due to the quality of Kensington
hotels available through websites like Millennium Hotels makes
a great base), and then, even if you exhaust the centre, there's
all that the outer boroughs have to offer. However, there is a
country out there, and for no more than £20 you can get a train
ticket to enjoy one of the finest parts of the UK, Devon.
Devon is a famous place for surfers and people who like the beach.
The length of the coastline is filled with beautiful little villages,
fantastic B&Bs and great waves. Even if you don't fancy going
in the water, you can easily spend a day chilling out on the beach,
or enjoy some of the coastal walks and hiking opportunities that
run all along the north coast. Easy to get to, Barnstaple, the
nearest train station, will take about three and a half hours
from central London.
would be hard pressed to find a more dramatic and wild landscape
in the UK than the two moors, Exmoor
and Dartmoor. Both
are high, windy, and extremely remote, and great for people who
want to get away from it all. Exmoor is the nearer of the two,
and is just along the coast from Croyde, Dartmoor, however, is
about twice as large and twice as remote. It's not the kind of
place to go if you're not up for a bit of trekking, but the landscape
will leave an indelible mark on your memory that you'll never
national home of Dinosaur hunters, the cliffs around Lyme Regis
are famous for hiding away ancient fossils and every year the
cliff falls reveal new secrets and surprises. Lyme Regis is, in
many ways a typical, charming beachfront town, expect lots of
fish and chip shops and lots of ice cream on sale. The archaeology
offers a different twist to the traditional British beach holiday
though, and makes Lyme Regis a fun place to visit with kids.
holidaymaker to London should make sure that they check out some
destinations outside of the capital, they're easy and relatively
cheap to visit, and offer a perspective on Britain which is completely
different to the hustle and bustle of the big city. If you're
considering a day trip or two, it's worth going the extra couple
of miles to check out the best that Devon has on offer.