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Sunday Snapshots: Llandudno Pier, North Wales

Sunday, January 5th, 2014
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If you’re holidaying in North Wales and fancy a mosey along the coast, why not head to the town of Llandudno to take a stroll on the impressive Llandudno Pier. Jutting 700m into the Irish Sea, this wonderful Victorian balustrade is the longest pier of its kind in Wales and the fifth longest in the UK. This unusual, cast iron leviathan comprises two entrances- a rare feature for a pier- as well as a number of seaside eateries and arcades, making it an excellent stopping off point for a relaxing stroll on your family holiday in North Wales.

Take a look at a few photos of the pier below, or visit our website to plan your cottage holiday in Llandudno.

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Llandudno Pier 2

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Llandudno Pier 3

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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.

Sunday Snapshots: Whitby Abbey

Sunday, December 29th, 2013
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As part of our post-Christmas plot to get the UK out and about in the coming year, we’re dedicating today’s Sunday Snapshots to one of the best visitor attractions in North East England: Whitby Abbey. Perched atop the East Cliff overlooking the popular heritage town of Whitby, this imposing structure has been keeping an eye on the comings and goings of the town for over 1,000 years. An occupied monastery for nine centuries, the Abbey was disestablished by the pesky Henry VIII in the 16th century, and left to waste away beside the North Sea.

Now, this ruined site is cloaked in mystery and folklore, providing visitors with a striking backdrop for a winter wander along the beautiful North Sea cliffs- but be on your guard, as the Abbey’s most famous fanged resident (Count Dracula, so I’m told) is still said to haunt the grounds when the sun goes down.

If you’d like to book a holiday in Whitby, click here. Or if you’re just here for a nosey, take a look at our Whitby Abbey snaps below.

Whitby Abbey

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Whitby Abbey

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Whitby Abbey

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Whitby Abbey

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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.

Sunday Snapshots: Winter Wildlife Watch

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
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Last week, after I’d sidled into my frostbitten Fiesta to embark on my morning commute to Sykes HQ, I noticed small footprints on my windscreen. Suspecting squirrels, I later did a bit of Googling and discovered that the culprit was actually a fox. And that got me thinking: what other wildlife might be clambering about atop my car in the dead of a cold winter’s night?

You see, winter is blooming tough on wildlife- the lack of daylight means that many struggle to find food, and the plummeting temperatures radically affect survival rates. As such, many have to go to extreme lengths to track down their evening meal- like perusing the roof of a car, for example.

This, coupled with a lack of vegetation and leaf cover, make winter wildlife spotting a rather fruitful enterprise, with numerous species emerging from their comfy hovels in search of a spot of fodder. From the majestic deer and the illusive badger, to marsh harriers, redwings and starling roosts, there’s no denying that the UK is awash with astonishing wildlife during the winter months.

So if you should take a cottage holiday in the UK between now and February, it’s more than likely that you’ll encounter at least one of the following furry, feathery and altogether cuddly critters:

Deer

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duck life

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Badger

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Robin

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Starlings roosting

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Fox

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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.

Sunday Snapshots: Cornwall’s Dramatic Coast

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
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For today’s Sunday Snapshots, Sykes venture to the shores of South West England to witness the majesty of the Cornish coast. With its windswept bays, age-old fishing villages and countless quantity of aquatic critters, the Cornish Coast is one of the most immersive and charming seaside destinations in the UK. There’s a number of different ways to enjoy this wonderful stretch of coast, but one of our favourites has to be by boat. Falmouth based boat trip company, AK Wildlife Cruises, offer year round wildlife tours up and down the Cornish Coast, giving passengers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the region’s majestic marine life. Scour the cool Atlantic waters for the tell-tale fin of a Common Dolphin, and get up close to the seals that nestle on Cornwall’s remote pebble beaches, all from the comfort of AK’s heated cabin; what could be a better way to witness the beauty of Cornwall’s wonderful South Coast?

Like the sound of Cornwall? Why not book a Cornish summer holiday with us! We’ve plenty of holiday cottages along the Cornish coast that would make the perfect base for a family holiday in 2014. Until then, have a look at some inspiring wildlife photographs taken off the shores of Cornwall.

All images courtesy of AK Wildlife Cruises. (www.akwildlifecruises.co.uk)

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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.

Sunday Snapshots: Puzzlewood, The Forest of Dean

Sunday, November 24th, 2013
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In today’s Sunday Snapshots, we’ll be delving into the murky realm of Puzzlewood, an ancient stretch of woodland thought to be one of the most enchanting forested areas in England. This gnarled pocket of primeval trees can be found in the dense underbelly of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and is thought to be the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien’s fabled forests in his fictitious Middle Earth, as well as JK Rowling’s ‘Forbidden Forest’ in the Harry Potter series. Landscaped in the 19th century after over 2,000 years of unhindered growth, Puzzlewood contains over a mile of pathways which coil curiously through an arboreal landscape, revealing moss smothered limestone gorges and age-old thickets of rare flora. Get lost in this uncanny English jungle for yourself on a winter short break, and discover an endearing tangle of some of the country’s most beloved vegetation. Facilities at the site include a Willow Maze for kids, a large on-site car park and café, making it a wonderful destination for a family day out.

Discover Puzzlewood for yourself with our selection of photographs below.

Looking For Angels at Puzzlewood

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Puzzlewood

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Open-air Caves At Puzzlewood

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Wooden bridge at Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean

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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.