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Sunday Snapshots: Autumn in the Lake District

Sunday, September 8th, 2013
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The nights are drawing in, pavements are littered with crunchy leaves in a multitude of hues and there is the undeniable nip in the air which can only mean one thing; autumn is fast approaching. With the children back to school this week, now is a great time for a few days away.  Fewer holidaymakers, the promise of an Indian summer and lower prices to boot means you couldn’t choose a better time than autumn for a relaxing break.  So, where to enjoy a few days away?  You’ll struggle to find anywhere better than the Lake District with its simply breathtaking combination of rolling hills and mirror-like lakes to watch the seasons change.  With just too many fantastic photos to choose just one, for this week’s Sunday Snapshot, we’re treating you to a cornucopia of autumnal delights…

 
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Once you’ve admired the scenery, you’ll find plenty more to keep you entertained whether you’re looking for an active or relaxing break.  Fans of the former should try the Glenridding Sailing Centre located on Ullswater, the area’s second largest lake, which offers a great selection of dinghies, boats, canoes and kayaks to hire.  Their experienced staff also offer training courses throughout the year and are on hand to answer our sailing-related queries!  Once on the water, I’m sure you’ll agree that the view from your boat is second to none.

 
Lake Ullswater, Glenridding
 

Foodies have been flocking to the Lakes for decades and autumn with its seasonal abundance of tasty treats is no exception to the region’s popularity.  Make sure to try the damson, in season during September and grown in Westmorland since the early 1700s, which appears in everything from jams to wines, chocolate and even beer!  To make your holiday a truly special one, why not treat yourselves to a Michelin starred meal at L’Enclume in Cartmel, recently crowned the best restaurant in the UK?

 
Course 8: Herdwick Lamb Flank, Sweetbread, Salsify, Hedge Garlic & Blewitts (3)

Take a walk on the wild side this autumn

Friday, September 6th, 2013
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Here in the UK, we love our walking. We walk with friends and family, we walk with dogs (and cats…), but most importantly, we walk with ourselves. Or so I thought!  Last week, The Independent published an article testifying that a fifth of British adults never venture over 500 metres from their car! Safe to say, this statistic got me worried. Thankfully however, a wealth of tenacious wayfaring folk are set to change all this, by organising annual walking festivals up and down the UK dedicated to dragging us Brits out of the driving seat and back into the great outdoors. So if you’re interested in rediscovering the wonders of the humble walk for yourself, read on for a shortlist of the top walking festivals taking place across the UK this September.

 Welsh Valleys Walking Festival

Welsh Valleys

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Taking place between 7th and 22nd September, the Welsh Valleys Walking Festival offers the chance to traverse some of the best landscapes in Wales under the guidance of a knowledgeable and friendly guide. You’ll find an excellent range of walks catering to prospective hikers of any age or ability, helpfully colour coded on the event’s website so that you’re able to easily choose the walk that’s right for you. The event kicks off officially tomorrow, with walks happening in the Gelligaer & Methyr Commons, and will continue over the next two weeks at different locations throughout Wales. So if you’ve been pining for the chance to explore the Welsh valleys via walking boots, why not take a look at our range of last minute holiday cottages in Wales? You could be within a mile of your car a lot sooner than you think!

 South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival

Pennine Way

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The South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival is a bit of an oddity. This sixteen-day event (also starting tomorrow—7/09/2013) gives budding gadabouts the opportunity to explore the pastoral wilderness of the South Pennines by foot, bike or horse!  The festival includes events such as, ‘Between a Rock and a hard place’, an arty walk with visual artist Angie Rogers, as well as specialist Sky Ride cycling routes, making it one of the most fun and free-spirited events in the country.  Experience it for yourself with a self-catering stay at one of our nearby Yorkshire Dales cottages; the ideal place to put your feet up after a day in the walking boots!

 South East Cornwall Walking Fest

South East Cornwall

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If you’re ready to explore the delightful South East Cornwall on foot, keep reading. The South East Cornwall Walking Fest provides the perfect opportunity to stretch out those weary, pedal pushing limbs and learn a lot about this captivating region while you mooch. The event, which has been running for over a decade, features walks in some of Cornwall’s most coveted regions including the Tamar Valley, Bodmin Moor and the beautiful South Cornish coastline. Take a 2 mile stroll past the granite tors of Bodmin before stopping off at one of Cornwall’s top pubs for a well-earned pint. Or pack a lunch and prepare a flask for a 7 mile hike along the coast where you’ll discover quaint villages and mile after mile of stunning Cornish coastline. If you need accommodation during your visit, choose one of our self-catering holiday cottages in Cornwall. We’ve a number of great Cornish cottages for you to choose from, so you’ve no excuse but to get out and get walking in this magnificent region!

Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

Where to experience autumn, this autumn

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
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As we speedily approach the end of August, it isn’t just the temperature that’s dropping. En-route to Sykes Cottages HQ this morning, a little puffy-eyed, I notice that the leaves are beginning to turn orange, crinkle and fall, clear evidence, I conclude, that autumn is a-knocking. And this gets me thinking: Where‘s the best place in the UK to see the loveliest leaves?

You see, I love autumn leaves. They transform the most humdrum street or garden into an autumnal wonderland, plus, kicking through a vast mound of them is always quite good sport. Thus, I’ve come up with a shortlist of my Top 3 autumn holiday destinations where you’ll find millions of them, and included a few reasons why each would be the ideal base from which to enjoy a cosy, leafy cottage holiday this autumn. What’s more, here at Sykes Cottages, we’re currently holding our splendid autumn sale, with up to 20% off selected cottages on weeks between 30th August and 26th October 2013. Read on to find out where to experience the best bits of this most underrated of seasons!


New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England

 
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The New Forest National Park is one of the UK’s largest forested areas. That means a lot of leaves. It also means a wonderfully tranquil autumn holiday destination boasting an array of invigorating outdoor activities such as cycling, walking and horse riding, but we’ll forget about those for the time being, we’re all about the foliage. The park plays host to a mind-boggling multitude of habitats including ancient pasture woodland, coniferous plantations and wet, dry and boggy heathland, all of which are given an enchanting burnt orange hue when autumn comes around. So if you’d like to experience the true beauty of the coming season, a holiday cottage near the New Forest may be the ideal place to do so. We’ve a number of cottages nearby such as the Merrie Thought Cottage and Swift Cottage, offering you a welcoming home-from-home when you tire of sightseeing in the golden, autumnal surroundings.


The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 
Autumn in The Forest of Dean
 

The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley is a paradise for walkers, cyclists and canoeists, who gather below the forest’s leafy canopy year in, year out to enjoy the delights of this glorious woodland. And what better time to plan your trip to the Forest of Dean than in the autumn, when the Sweet Chestnut, Oak and Beech trees litter the forest floor with their beautiful russet-gold leaves. Experience it for yourself this autumn with one of our nearby self-catering cottages such as the Wye Valley Cottage in Symonds Yat, which offers a beautiful location just 200 yards from the banks of the River Wye. Or, take a look at the illustrious Ingleside Cottage, a characterful house in the charming hamlet of Adsett on the cusp of this beautiful and sprawling forest.


Grizedale Forest, Lake District

 
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Grizedale Forest in the Lake District may just be the perfect place to enjoy a soothing holiday this coming autumn. Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, this tranquil woodland is sure to impress with its delicate mosaic of autumnal hues. What’s more, it’s easily accessible from the popular heritage towns of Coniston and Windermere, where you’ll find a number of our delightful Lake District holiday cottages. The forest is a favoured day-trip destination for locals, who travel there to enjoy the stimulating walking trails of Bogle Crag and Grizedale Tarn, as well as woodland cycle routes such as the Hawkshead Moor Trail and  the Silurian Way. There’s culture in the forest too in the form of a myriad of inspiring sculptures, installed as part of the Forest Art Works scheme, which can be found scattered throughout the park, making Grizedale Forest a must for those longing to absorb some local culture and get away from it all this autumn on a well-earned seasonal cottage holiday.

Autumn Cottage Sale!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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I know we aren’t yet into August and the last thing you want to think about is the coming of autumn, but if you’re looking for a great cottage deal that is exactly what you need to do.

The fabulous Sykes Cottages autumn sale starts today!

With up to 20% percent off of selected weeks throughout September and October in participating cottages, now is a great time to grab yourself a great autumn holiday deal. Your holiday just needs to be taken between 30 August and 26 October 2013, it’s no more complicated than that. England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland? Take your pick of where to enjoy a purse friendly autumn break.

Just picture yourself relaxing in a peaceful holiday cottage, with no children screaming outside, no teenagers blaring music, and no hoards of traffic to contend with. Really, autumn is the perfect time to take a holiday; the chance of sunshiny days is still high, there are fewer other holidaymakers to contend with, and prices are often much lower. What isn’t there to like?!

Take a look at our Autumn Sale page to find the perfect holiday cottage for you and yours and see what kind of a deal you can find!

 

Great Savings During the Sykes Cottages Autumn Sale

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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Well, the summer is wrapping up and I have already begun to feel an autumn chill in the evening air. While it’s usually sad to see the end of another summer, I think I’ll be quite happy to see the back of this one. The weather here in the UK has been less than optimal for most of the summer months, with mother nature treating us to one of the wettest summers on record. Don’t let yourself get too down though. There is still some light at the end of the trouble in the form of a sunny September. The beginning of September is predicted to come along with some lovely autumn weather, making it the perfect time to take a cottage holiday.

Why take an Autumn Cottage Holiday?

Take in the beautiful colours of autumn on a cottage holiday

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Autumn might not be everyone’s ideal time to head off on a UK holiday, but for some it really can be the perfect time to escape. The children have gone back to school and the tourists have gone home, making autumn the best time to for a quiet and relaxing holiday. If standing in long queues and being surrounded by young children isn’t your idea of a nice relaxing holiday than September is the holiday time for you!

Save Big on an Autumn Short Break

Go hiking in the mountains on your autumn cottage holiday

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Not only is autumn a wonderfully quiet time to holiday, but it’s also a great time to snag a great holiday deal. Holiday accommodation prices are always lower in off peak times so you can get away for a fraction of the price, and the availability is also often better. What’s better than getting a steal of a deal on the cottage of your dreams?

Sykes Cottages Autumn Sale is on right now, which can save you from 10-20% on selected holiday cottages throughout the UK and Ireland. With hundreds of cottages to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding a great deal on holidays throughout September and October – so get browsing the great selection today!