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British Walking Festivals in 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015
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Walking Festivals are a fantastic way to explore new areas, meet new people and enjoy being active in the outdoors. There are over 150 walking festivals taking place across Britain in 2015 so wherever you’re from and whenever you’re free, there’s probably an event or two that you can get involved in! We’ve found some of the best walking festivals still to take place this year to get you inspired:

Ride2Stride: The Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival

The Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival aims to celebrate the spectacular scenery of the Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley through a week-long programme of walks, talks and music. The walks are led by experienced tour guides full of knowledge on the local area and when you get thirsty, the local pubs will welcome you in to enjoy a cold pint and some music. It’s a great way to experience the Settle-Carlisle railway line from a different perspective.

Event dates: 24th April- 4th May 2015

Website: www.skyware.co.uk/scwf

Scottish Borders Walking Festival

2015 marks the 21st Scottish Borders Walking Festival and this year, it’s being held in one of the Borders’ biggest towns, Galashiels. There are 28 walks taking place throughout the event that cater for all different ages and abilities. It’s not just about walking though as these festivals are a great place to meet new people- there are nearly always social events on offer and this festival is no different with concerts, ceilidhs and quiz nights.

Event dates: 6th- 12th September 2015

Website: www.borderswalking.com

Ironbridge Walking Festival

The tenth annual Ironbridge Walking Festival is being held this year in and around the World Heritage Site and it’s sure to be a fantastic event for all! What makes this festival special is the chance to learn more about the history of Ironbridge and the Industrial Revolution as you walk, making it perfect for history buffs. The walks are all free and are split into themed walks for families and young children, and long walks for more regular walkers.

Event dates: 1st- 10th May 2015

Website: www.visitironbridge.co.uk/walkingfestival

Boscastle Walking Festival

The picturesque harbour village of Boscastle is an idyllic setting for a walking festival with plenty to see and admire. The Walking Festival offers a little something for everyone with walks ranging from strolls along the spectacular Cornish coastline to rambles in the woods; for the more experienced walkers there are more challenging routes. Other activities planned include cream teas, barn dances and poetry readings.

Event dates: 18th- 25th April 2015

Website: www.boscastlefestival.co.uk

Isle of Anglesey Walking and Outdoor Festival

The Anglesey Walking Festival encourages participants to learn more about the stunning island of Anglesey with its quaint villages, pretty beaches and many myths and legends. As well as lots of fantastic walks taking in Anglesey’s scenery, other events taking place at the festival include challenge runs and bike rides, ‘bike and seek’, kayaking, dry stone walling and food foraging.

Event dates: 23rd May- 7th June 2015

Website: www.angleseywalkingfestival.com

If you’re heading to a walking festival that you think will be just as good then please do let us know- we’d love to hear from you! You can contact us either via our Twitter or Facebook page.

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By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

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.

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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: Laugharne Weekend

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
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If you fancy doing something a little different at the end of this week, then Laugharne Weekend is definitely worth looking into. This arts festival is held in the pretty Welsh town of Laugharne every spring and offers a fantastic mix of musicians, authors and comedians.

Laugharne Weekend

What makes Laugharne Weekend really special is the eccentricity of Laugharne itself. This West Wales town embodies all that is wonderful about Welsh creativity and helps bring together extraordinary talent from all over the world to celebrate the arts. Deliberately small-scale, Laugharne Weekend maintains an intimacy and quirkiness that eludes many other famous arts events, making a point to include the locality. Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, who lived in Laugharne and who is a key inspiration for the festival, affectionately described the town as “timeless, beautiful, barmy”. Indeed, Laugharne has barely changed since he lived there and it is often said that if he were ever to return, he would recognise it immediately.

Laugharne Weekend Event Information

Dates:  10th- 12th April 2015

Website: www.thelaugharneweekend.com

Prices: Weekend tickets cost £75.00 or you can buy single event tickets here

Line-up includes: Omid Djalili, Meic Stevens, Jenny Colgan, Eddie Butler, Topper Headon and Terry Williams

Cottage accommodation available for Laugharne Weekend

If you are planning on heading to Laugharne Weekend and you need accommodation, we do have some lovely holiday cottages close to Laugharne still available. See below for more details!

Meadow View

Holiday cottage in Laugharne

Meadow View, Laugharne, Ref. 4088

Pretty holiday cottage on the owner’s smallholding where you can be at one with nature and get up close to the many animals kept on the farm, including owls, ducks, horses, cows and geese. Meadow View is perfect for a family holiday and children will love the access to the cottage’s large meadow area with swings and slides for them to play on!

Dylan’s Court

Holiday cottage in Laugharne

Dylan’s Court, Laugharne, Ref. 4135

Dylan’s Court is a spacious, modern holiday home located just 2 miles from the Laugharne Weekend site. There are plenty of lovely walks from the doorstep of this cottage, where you can enjoy spectacular views of both the countryside and coast. The beautiful 7-mile stretch of sandy beach at Pendine is also close by.

Barn Cottage

Holiday cottage in Laugharne

Barn Cottage, Laugharne, Ref. 4184

If you’re looking for accommodation for Laugharne Weekend then Barn Cottage is a brilliant choice. Situated just a short drive from Laugharne, this bright and airy cottage also boasts plenty of great facilities including a storage unit for bikes and a games room with pool table and darts.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

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.

Britain’s Best Gardens

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
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The Easter weekend is finally here and with an impressive four days of sunshine to fill, we’ve decided it’s time for our first garden visit of the year. With numerous botanic gardens located throughout the UK, choosing one to visit has been rather difficult but we’ve managed to narrow the search down to four outstanding attractions. Keep reading to discover which gardens have made it onto our list of Britain’s best gardens and see if you can help us decided which garden is best for our Easter visit.

National Botanic Gardens of Wales

As the most visited gardens in Wales, it is no wonder that this spectacular garden has made it to the top of our list. Opened in May 2000, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales takes up 568 acres of Carmarthenshire countryside and was the first botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. The gardens are now home to over 8,000 plant varieties with the staff working hard to conserve and protect some of the world’s rarest plants.

Ness Botanic Gardens

Situated on the Wirral Peninsula and boasting spectacular views over the Dee Estuary, visitors to Ness Botanic Gardens are rewarded with 64 acres of beautiful gardens to explore. Ness is known for its 120 metre herbaceous border, stunning wisteria tunnel and award-winning show gardens, making it the ideal stop for an Easter picnic or a light lunch in The Garden Kitchen. If you’d rather have a guided tour of the garden then don’t worry as staff provide regular walks to see the garden’s seasonal delights!

Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

With a collection of over 8,000 plants gathered from all over the world the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens is a horticulturist’s dream. As well as providing a peaceful space for visitors to relax in, the gardens pride themselves on offering fantastic teaching and research opportunities. Both lectures and research workers flock to the gardens to make use of the staff’s horticultural expertise and study the plant materials on offer.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh | by Nicole

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh | by Nicole Westley

With a rich history dating back to the 17th century, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh have made their home in Scotland’s capital, offering visitors a green oasis in the heart of the city. Renowned for their plant science and education, the garden offers a number of daily tours specialising in seasonal plants. The garden also has numerous glasshouses on site which are used to create the tropical climate that over 80% of the world’s flora requires to grow.

And there you have it, our choice of Britain’s best gardens. Which is your favourite garden to visit? Get in touch with us via Twitter or Facebook and let us know!

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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.