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Ten of The UK’s Easiest Yet Rewarding Walks

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Today celebrates the first day of National Walking Month and along with thousands of people across the country, Sykes Cottages are making a conscious effort to do more walking! Luckily, living in the UK provides us with numerous walking opportunities so whether that’s along the coast, through the country or over a mountain, Britain’s landscape has a lot to offer.

If you’re new to walking, or perhaps want to take young children, then it may be best to start out on an easier route. To help get you started we’ve listed ten of the easiest, yet most rewarding walks in the UK below. Take a look and get your blood pumping on a sensational British walk this May!

Wix Woods in Guildford, Surrey

This is a fantastic woodland walk that takes you on a circular route around the edge of Hatchlands Park and then through the centre of the estate, where you can experience an enchanted woodland and glorious views of the Surrey countryside.

Distance: 1.8 Miles

Time: 1 Hour

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Newton Pool in Low Newton, Northumberland

If you’re looking to explore Northumberland’s spectacular coastline, then this is the walk for you. Along with wonderful views out over the ocean, this walk is perfect for spotting wildlife with plenty of birds flying over the sand and sea.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time: 20 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Plas Newydd in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey

This family friendly walk is ideal for children with both a treehouse and adventure playground on route. We’ve advised 30 minutes for the walk but depending on how long the kids want to play for, you could be here for the whole afternoon.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time: 30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Killerton in Broadclyst, Exeter

Dogs are the perfect companions when on a walk so we suggest treating them to an afternoon at Killerton. The route includes plenty of open spaces which are perfect for exercising your four-legged friend on and off the lead.

Distance: 2.5 Miles

Time: 2 Hours

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire

Boasting numerous hidden corners and fabulous picnic spots, this walk is perfect for a family get together or romantic stroll. Providing a picturesque walk during any season, it’s easy to see why this route is popular with both locals and tourists.

Distance: 2.4 Miles

Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Penbryn Beach in Penbryn, Ceredigion

If you’re looking for a walk that is just as good, if not better, during the evening then head on over to Penbryn Beach. This is the perfect spot for star gazing, so wrap up warm and prepare to be inspired by over 4,000 twinkling stars.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time:  30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Valley of Cinders in Cindersale, Cumbria

The Valley of Cinders walk transports you through the ages as you explore archaeological sites and delve into Cumbria’s rich history. This walk is great for anyone who has an interest in history or simply just enjoys a pleasant country view.

Distance: 1.5 Miles

Time: 1 Hour

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Borthwood Copse in Winford, Isle of Wight

Borthwood Copse not only offers a wonderful woodland walk but also the chance to spot red squirrels! This elusive critter is only found in a handful of locations throughout the UK so this may be your only chance to see them in the wild.

Distance: 1.25 Miles

Time: 40 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Fountains Abbey in Ripon, Yorkshire

The Fountains Abbey walk is the longest of our suggested routes but with so much to see it’s more than worth it! With beautiful grounds, tonnes of history and hopefully plenty of sunshine, this walk would be lovely on a Sunday afternoon.

Distance: 4.5 Miles

Time: 3 Hours

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Langstrothdale in Yockenthwaite, Yorkshire

Although quite long, this route follows a simple circular route over level ground, making it ideal for a families with younger children. Following the walk, you will discover breathtaking scenery and historic rock formations.

Distance: 2 Miles

Time: 1 Hour 15 minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Britain’s Best Piers

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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They’ve been lining our coast for over 200 years; now the British pier serves us as an elegant reminder of our Victorian history and love of traditional holidays spent by the sea. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at four of our favourite piers in the hopes that we can encourage you to seek out a British pier on your next coastal getaway.

Saltburn Pier

Yorkshire

Built in the spring of 1869, Saltburn Pier has stood the test of time and is now the last remaining pier in Yorkshire. Proudly emerging from the Saltburn coast, this iconic pier is loved by both visitors and locals and in 2009, won the Pier of the Year award from The National Pier Society.

Brighton Pier

East Sussex 

Brighton’s instantly recognisable pier has been Grade II listed since 1971 and although the pier has had numerous investments since, it still manages to keep its vintage charm. The pier is now best known for its great rides and amusements, making it a big hit with families.

Clevedon Pier

Somerset

Clevedon Pier officially opened on Easter Monday 1869- the attraction has been popular ever since and even won the Pier of the Year award in 2013. This 312 metre pier is one of only two in the UK to receive Grade I listed status and is home to one of the best fishing spots in Somerset!

Llandudno Pier

North Wales

Llandudno’s Pier is a fantastic example of Victorian architecture; perfectly placed along the promenade, the structure is a wonderful addition to this historic town. The pier opened to the public in the summer of 1877 and has been popular with visitors ever since.

If these British piers have you longing for a traditional trip to the seaside, then why not take a look at our coastal cottages and book your next getaway today? With over 1,800 coastal properties available, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Why the Lake District is the Perfect Place for Solo Travel

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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Whilst many people chose to travel in groups with friends or family, there are still a large number of us that prefer our own company and the peace and quiet that comes with solo travel. With that being said, we have decided to focus today’s blog post on solo travel, and where better in the UK to do some solitary exploring than the Lake District. Why the Lake District I hear you ask, well along with the obvious natural beauty of the region, the Lakes have quite a lot to offer single travellers. Keep reading to find out more and to discover why we think the Lake District is the ideal place for solo travels.

It’s oh so quiet

As England’s largest National Park, the Lake District covers 2,292 square kilometres of land and pretty much guarantees you a quiet spot to relax in. With green fields stretching as far as the eye can see, towering mountain ranges and miles of still lake water, the area just oozes tranquillity and on a crisp summer morning there is nothing better than an alfresco breakfast with only bird song to disturb the otherwise silent atmosphere.

There’s a welcoming atmosphere

Although holidaying alone, it doesn’t mean you have to be reclusive; in fact many solo travellers make lifelong friends with people they encounter on their journeys and enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life. The Lake District’s friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect place to meet new people, with friendly locals offering great advice on places to see and things to do; you never know they may even point you in the direction of a hidden gem away from the normal tourist routes!

Plenty of wildlife

When exploring as part of a group, sometimes the noise of the party can scare away local wildlife. You are far more likely to see animals in their natural habitats if you’re travelling alone. The Lake District is home to a vast array of wildlife from birds to small mammals, in fact it’s one of the few places in the UK where you can see red squirrels. The next time you visit, head out on a solo woodland walk and you’ll soon find yourself with a selection of wildlife photography to share with the people back home.

A variety of events

There is always something going on in the Lake District, from guided walks to food festivals you’re sure to find an event or two to fill up your days. Whether you’re a foodie or an exercise fanatic, you’re sure to find a like-minded soul in the Lake District. If you’re looking for a good all-rounder event, then our choice is the Cartmel Show; this traditional country show features carriage driving, a dog show, food hall and much more.

We hope this post has convinced you that the Lake District is the ideal place for solo travellers. If so, then be sure to check out our selection of Lake District holiday cottages, perfect for relaxing and making the most of that quality ‘me time’ we all crave.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Britain’s Best Motorcycle Routes

Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Now that the weather is finally looking up, we’ve started to notice an increased number of motorcyclists out on the road- speeding past our cars and showing us how to get from A to B in style! But where is it these bikers go to make the most of the elusive summer sunshine? Here at Sykes Cottages, we’ve discovered the secret and we’re going to share it with you. So whether you’re new to motorcycling or you’re an experienced biker, keep reading as we list some of the best roads in Britain.

A82, Loch Lomond to Loch Ness

Scotland

As the second longest A-road in Scotland, the A82 provides 140 miles of breath taking scenery, large stretches of strait road and numerous bends and turns to keep you amused. We highly recommend that you have a camera handy on this drive as you’ll be passing no less than 10 lochs as well as the iconic Ben Nevis!

Cat and Fiddle Run

England

Care definitely needs to be taken on this road but just one trip down Cat and Fiddle will see you returning for more. The road consists of a number of tight corners and turns and of course glorious Peak District scenery making it a dream for experienced bikers. If you’re new to motorcycling then take things a little slower, we promise it will still be just as good!

Bwlch y Groes – Pass of the Cross

Wales

Bwlch y Groes is a minor road that runs from the village of Llanuwchllyn to Lake Vyrnwy but at 1,800 feet above sea level this is the highest pass in Wales! The views from this road have not to be missed and although the road dates back to medieval times you are now guaranteed a smooth tarmacked ride.

These are just three of the many fantastic motorbike routes in the UK, if you know of a great route that hasn’t been mentioned then please feel free to share it with us on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively the chaps over at J&S Accessories have put together a great map featuring 11 of Britain’s best motorcycle routes which is well worth checking out!

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Sykes’ Spotlight on Yurts

Monday, April 6th, 2015
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If you’re looking for a holiday let that offers a little something different but is still luxurious and romantic, then we have just the thing: yurts! Here at Sykes Cottages, we have a stylish selection of yurts, which year after year prove to be extremely popular with customers and it’s not very hard to see why!

The Rowan Yurt | Ref: 917044

The Rowan Yurt | Ref: 917044

With comfortable furnishings, spectacular views and an array of facilities on offer, these yurts are ideal for a special occasion or romantic getaway. We’ve included some more information on three of our yurts below but for details and availability on all of our yurts, make sure to visit our UK Holiday Yurts Page.

The Lakeside Yurt

Beckford, Heart of England

The Lakeside Yurt - Ref 6017

The Lakeside Yurt | Ref: 6017

Along with Island Yurt and Lakeview Yurt, The Lakeside Yurt is located on the shores of a picturesque fishing lake surrounded by the Gloucestershire countryside. Each yurt is completely private and comes with a fantastic outdoor area complete with BBQ and hot tub. Sleeping just two people, these yurts are prefect for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few days or a week.

The Roundhouse

Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Dorset and Somerset

The Roundhouse | Ref: 14576

The Roundhouse | Ref: 14576

Set on the grounds of a 40-acre organic farm, The Roundhouse offers guests a completely different holiday experience. Not only are there numerous walks from the doorstep and great cycle paths nearby but on a rainy day the yurt itself provides top quality accommodation. Within the yurt you will find a handmade four poster bed, roll-top bath, comfortable sitting area and dining area complete with chandelier!

The Rowan Yurt

Hepworth, Yorkshire Dales

The Rowan Yurt | Ref: 917044

The Rowan Yurt | Ref: 917044

The Rowan Yurt is ideally situated, close to both the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, making it the perfect spot for walking, sightseeing or even just a peaceful escape. Secluded without being isolated, this is our top pick for a romantic getaway as the yurt has been thoughtfully decorated to include a king-size double bed, wood burning stove and fabulous outdoor decked area featuring a BBQ and hot tub.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.