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Accessible Walks in The UK

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
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As great as cars are, sometimes there’s nothing better than putting on a pair of comfortable shoes and heading out into the great outdoors, particularly to a local wood or forest. Whether your chosen method of transport is walking, cycling or even horse riding we are spoilt in the UK for places to wander through for some fresh air. Unfortunately nothing can ruin a walking excursion like an unsafe pathway that is dangerous to cross, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the UKs best places to go for a walk where the paths are accessible and safe.

Plas Power Woods, Wrexham

Forest above Crafnant

Arguably one of the most popular woods in Wales with an estimated 27,000 visitors per year is the Plas Power Woods in Wrexham. Keep your eyes peeled when walking around this wood, as it boasts some magnificent scenery. If you go down to this wood on certain days, then you may very well be in for a big surprise as the wood sometimes plays host to a teddy bears picnic – making it perfect for a family day out!  Head back to your holiday cottage in North Wales to relax after your trip to Plas Power Woods.

The New Forest, Hampshire

New Forest, Near Fritham

The New Forest in Hampshire provides a variety of safe walking routes, perfectly accessible for dog walkers, cyclists and those with limited mobility. If you like to be prepared then you can print out information about these walks from The New Forest’s website before you go. The New Forest provides nature lovers with a variety of walkways, forest-led events and you can even attend a guided walk through the forest to discover more about the history, geology and wildlife that the forest is home to.  To extend your stay at The New Forest, and enjoy all that the surrounding area has to offer, take a look at our Hampshire holiday cottages.

The Strawberry Line, Somerset

The C&O Trail in Brunswick, MD
If safe and accessible paths are something you wish there was more of, then don’t worry as there has been campaigns created exactly for this. The Strawberry Line project, for example, was created to ensure that the disused railway between Clevedon and Cranmore in Somerset was converted into a network of safe pathways that were accessible to all, making it the perfect place to go for a walk on your Somerset cottage holiday.

If our choices of woodland walks to wander along has made you fancy pulling on your comfortable shoes and hitting the pathway, then why not take a look at our selection of holiday cottages perfect for walking holidays in the UK and book today!

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Sykes’ Spotlight on Bath

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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With lots to do for families, couples or lone travellers alike Bath is a popular destination for a UK holiday. You can shop ‘til you drop, indulge in a spa day or take in some historical sights, making Bath the perfect destination for a holiday in the UK. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do on a trip to Bath…

Historical and Modern Spas

Roman Baths 1

No trip to Bath is complete without a trip to the Roman Baths. Just walking around the Bath is an experience itself, but pick up a free audio guide to fully immerse your-self in the experience and hear from historians how the baths would have been used in Roman times. Walk along the same floors that Romans would have walked upon whilst learning how the baths were built, how they would have looked and even the technology used when building.  Unfortunately – despite how tempting it might be – modern day visitors cannot take a dip into the Roman Bath but never fear as just a short walk away from the historic baths is the modern Thermae Bath Spa. This modern spa is host to Britain’s only naturally warm water, and visitors can experience relaxation as the Romans used to. As a bonus, the spa plays host to a rooftop pool that boasts magnificent views of Bath.

Sights of Bath

Pulteney Bridge

One of the things Bath is famous for is its striking architecture. Whilst much of the city is beautiful to look at, there are a few buildings that should be top of any Bath-tourists ‘to see’ list. The Royal Crescent is a must-see, designed by John Wood the younger and built between 1767 and 1775 it is home to thirty houses. House Number 1 is  used as a museum and is open to the public, whilst another is now used as the decadent Royal Crescent Hotel. Another must see is Pulteney Bridge which was built by Robert Adams in 1769. With the River Avon running underneath and the stunning architecture of the bridge itself, it’s not hard to see why this bridge is often considered one of the most romantic in the world.

Shopping

Bath Abbey

As with most major cities in the UK, Bath has a plethora of shopping opportunities. From independent shops to high street giants, chances are you’ll find what you want when shopping in Bath. For some inspiration, or just to get in the mood for a day of scouring the shops, those who are fashion conscious may enjoy a trip to the Fashion Museum. With an impressive number of fashion displays from the 16th century to the present day, a visit to this museum is sure to leave you inspired and ready to raid the rails!

If Bath is top of the list for your next UK holiday, why not have a look at our holiday cottages in Somerset and book today!

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Travelling By Public Transport To Your Holiday Cottage

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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Apparently getting there is half the fun. Here at Sykes, we hope that all of the fun happens at your cottage but still believe that travelling should be an enjoyable part of your time away. Whilst it may seem like the easiest way to travel to your holiday cottage is by car, here at Sykes we think that using public transport to travel to your holiday destination can be just as simple.  We have compiled a list of some of our favourite ways to travel to your UK holiday destination with no car keys in sight.

By Rail

Day 1: A train from Euston to Liverpool Lime St

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With tracks reaching even the furthest corners of the UK, you will find that many of our cottage destinations can be reached by train. Not only is travelling by train usually quicker than by car, but the views are often  better; swapping the car for a train means swapping views of grey tarmac for views of rolling green hills and countryside. Browse our selection of properties that are close to a railway station.

By Ferry

Ferry turning

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If you want to head a little further afield and across the water, then a ferry is the way to go. Whether you’re heading over to Ireland, or to the Isle of Wight you can take a ferry and not only travel, but get your holiday started. With many ferries now containing places to eat, bars and entertainment for the kids; the whole family can enjoy the journey.

By Bike

Bicycle

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If you’re not heading too far away, like to feel the wind in your hair and have no problem with packing light, then travelling by bicycle to your holiday destination could be a great idea. With no transport timetables or road traffic to get in your way, cycling could be a great way to take away the usual stresses of travel. We have a choice of holiday cottages that are perfect for cyclers.

Stay in a Converted Carriage

If you never want your travel time to end or just want to spend your holiday in truly unique accommodation, staying in a converted railway carriage could be the way to go. Converted to a high standard, yet still having original features means that with this accommodation your holiday truly will be first class.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

UK Food Festivals This Autumn

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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Here in the UK we’re a nation of food lovers. From the humble fry up to the time consuming roast dinner, we love our food. In recent years this love of food has manifested itself into the regular occurrence of food festivals around the regions. Often allowing festival goers the chance to taste the food on offer and attend cooking workshops, food festivals are a great day out for the whole family.The best part of a food festival is just that; the food, and if anything tickles your taste buds whilst you’re there you can make a purchase – perfect for enjoying at your holiday cottage.

Here at Sykes Cottages, we love our food and have compiled a list of some of the yummiest festivals coming up over the next few weeks.

Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival

Cornish Oysters

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26th-29th September

Definitely one for the fish fans! Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, which takes place on the last weekend of September, is the world’s longest running Oyster festival. The festival plays host to a variety of events for everyone to enjoy, from foodie talks and tasting events to the Oyster ‘Olympics’ and the ‘Hot Oyster Awards’ cooking challenge amongst other activities, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

27th September – 13th October

crepes de nutella

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Starting in 2006 to celebrate the abundance of local produce in the area, Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival plays host to a wide range of exhibitors. From breweries and granola stalls to creperies and meat companies, even the fussiest of eaters will be spoilt for choice when browsing the exhibition. Those wanting to learn a thing or two can head to the Marquee Stage for live demos from local chefs, or book a place on one of the many workshops taking place over the festival for a more hands-on approach.

Hamper 2013, The Llangollen Food Festival

19th – 20th October

Forest Berry Pie

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The Llangollen Food Festival, named as one of the Top Ten Food Festivals by The Independent, takes place in the Llangollen Pavilion in October and is a great place for foodies to explore. Spend your time at the festival discovering new food favourites by wandering around the local producers market, take part in the fun workshops on offer or learn an exciting new recipe by heading to one of the live cooking classes on offer at the festival.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Planning a hen or stag do in the UK

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
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In the run up to the big day, it seems like the current fashion is to gather up your mates and head off to an exotic destination for hen or stag weekend to remember. But, let’s face it, it’s much easier and cheaper to choose somewhere in the UK to celebrate the bride or groom’s final days of freedom. As someone who’s enjoyed three UK hen dos this year alone, I can safely say that staying closer to home doesn’t mean compromising on fun! Here are a few must dos if you’ve been charged with planning a hen or stag do…

 


 

Action-packed breaks in Devon


A hen or stag do is the perfect opportunity to try out activities to get your adrenaline levels racing.  You’ll go home with great photos, even better memories and some funny stories to tell, especially if you throw in some fancy dress too!  Head to the north Devon coast for the perfect combination of adrenaline activities, chilled atmosphere and stunning scenery.  The Ultimate Adventure Centre offer a great selection of activities ideal for hen and stag dos from surfing to an ultimate assault course (think BBC’s Total Wipeout) and high ropes course.  They can even organise a tailored package for you!  After a day of adventure, why not head back to your holiday cottage and relax with a BBQ and a few drinks, ‘Mr and Mrs’ style games and novelty straws entirely optional!

 
bantham surf 19-6-07
 

Golfing in Scotland


If the groom-to-be would rather spend his time on a green than discussing the impending nuptials, why not plan a golfing stag do?  With so many great courses throughout the UK, choosing where to plan your weekend away is the only tricky decision to make.  For a once in a lifetime experience, head to the home of golf at St Andrews in Scotland where booking a round as a guest is surprisingly easy.  After you’ve played a few rounds, the university town of St Andrews will not disappoint when it comes to nightlife; if it’s good enough for the future King…!  Choosing a holiday cottage for a golfing break means getting up for an early tee time is no problem as well as having plenty of space to store your clubs.  Why not take a look at our selection of holiday cottages near golf courses

 
The birthplace of golf
 


Pampering in York


There’s no doubt that weddings are stressful, so how about a weekend of pampering in the run up to the big day?  There’s nowhere better for a spot of pre-wedding indulgence than the home of chocolate, York?  While other northern cities made their fortunes in cotton and steel, York ventured into the world of deliciousness with a tradition which has continued to the modern day.  Take the chocolate tour which winds through the historic city centre and offers plenty of tasters along the way!  Retail therapy is another highlight of this charming city with a great mix of high street favourites and independent boutiques.  Make sure to visit The Shambles, voted the most picturesque street in Britain, and admire the 14th century buildings overhanging the street once used by butchers to display their wares but today a bustling collection of eateries.  Don’t miss afternoon tea at Bettys, a tea room so popular that it’s not uncommon to see queues forming!  Order a glass of fizz to make tea extra special!

 
Afternoon Tea
 

We know that finding accommodation for a hen or stag party can often be tricky which is why we have a selection of cottages willing to take these kinds of groups.  Why not take a look at our large properties; we’ll be happy to call the owner to see whether they are willing to accept your group!  Just give us a call on 01244 356695 or let us call you!

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