As another Bank Holiday weekend comes to an end, many of us will be thinking of the impending working week and the early morning start of the school run. But it’s not all doom and gloom as in just two weeks we will be treated to yet another Bank Holiday; Monday May 26th. In order to make the most of your three day weekend, we would suggest escaping the busy city and heading out for a much needed short break in the country.
Shrugging off the murky city atmosphere and embracing the fresh county air couldn’t be easier or more fulfilling. From any location in the UK you simply need to jump in the car, hop on a train or shuffle onto a bus and no more than an hour later you’ll be surrounded by lush green meadows and open blue skies. If you’re looking to escape the UK’s major cities for your next Bank Holiday getaway then keep reading as we have a few hints and tips for top country locations you can easily reach from your city home.
Glasgow to Loch Lomond in 45 minutes
From the bright city lights of Glasgow to the tranquil waters of Loch Lomond, you and your family can be out of the car, unpacked and into a canoe in just 45 minutes! Ideal for a family holiday Loch Lomond has an array of outdoor activities available, from kayaking on the Loch to horseback riding through the woods there is something to suit all tastes. If you’re making the trip to Loch Lomond National Park this May then make sure to check out the MHOR food and drink festival on Sunday 24th. They’ll have a wide selection of events taking place from a farmers markets to dance lessons and of course plenty of delicious mouth-watering food on offer!
Newcastle to the Northumberland National Park in 50 minutes
From the urban jungle of Newcastle to the enchanting forests of Northumberland National Park you could be relaxing under the forests cool canopy in just 50 minutes. The ideal location for wilderness explorers everywhere, this park is home to a number of cunning badgers, endangered red squirrels and even the humble mountain bumblebee. Let your imagination run wild as you re-enact historic battle scenes in the shadows of Langle Castle or delve deep into Kielder forest following the trail of the Gruffalo; the possibilities are endless for an imaginative child or whimsical adult.
Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1 hour
Escape the hectic city streets of Cardiff by heading out to the tranquil forests of Brecon Beacons National Park. This historic park is easily reached from Cardiff’s busy city centre; in just 1 hour you’ll be hiking through the woods, losing yourself amongst the wild flowers and tall trees. The weather is nothing to be feared this Bank Holiday as when visiting the Brecon Beacons rain only adds to the experience. Filling up the rivers, rain expands the beautiful cascading waterfalls and trickles down the mountain side, adding a musical echo throughout the many deep caves; you may even find yourself wishing for rain this May!
London to the South Downs National Park in 1 hour
If London’s cramped city streets and towering sky scrapers have left you feeling claustrophobic then pack your bags, hop in the car and whiz yourself off for a relaxing break at South Downs National Park. In just over an hour you could be gliding across the water at Swanbourne Lake or admiring the panoramic views from one of the many chalk hills. Famed for its fresh local produce and award winning restaurants, South Downs National Park is a foodie’s paradise. For a truly scrumptious experience make sure to treat yourself with a large slice of Banoffee Pie in Jevington, the birth place of this delectable pastry.
I hope this list of potential country escapes has got you thinking of the next Bank Holiday weekend and a relaxing break in the British countryside. If you’d like more information on our charming country cottages or for a little assistance in finding your nearest country escape, then please feel free to contact our reservations staff on 01244 356695.