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Sykes’ Spectacular Scenes

Friday, October 18th, 2013
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Whether you are climbing to the terrifying heights of our famed mountains or trudging through the vast open fields, it is hard to deny that here in the UK we have some of the world’s most breath taking views. For a small island in the middle of the Atlantic we really hold our own when it comes to stunning scenery; but with such a diverse landscape, is it really hard to see why? In honour of Lyth Valley making the Lonely Planet list for ‘The Most Beautiful Places on Earth’  we at Sykes have come up with our own top 10 places in the UK for scenery that will leave you speechless!

The Lyth Valley

Thorneyfield Cottage, The Lyth Valley – Ref. 5523

This picturesque valley is nestled in a hidden corner of Cumbria, perfect for protecting its unspoilt natural beauty. Famed for its selection of wildlife, the Lyth Valley makes for a photographers paradise, with its vast open spaces making even the trickiest of bird shots a doddle!

Rhossili Bay

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Along with the title of Britain’s best beach 2013 Trip Advisor also voted Rhossili Bay the 10th best beach in the World! Quite an achievement for this little sandy shore in South Wales! The bay’s idyllic location makes it perfect for cuddling up and enjoying a romantic sunset.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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Whether you’re looking up at the impressive architecture or down over the sights of the city, Edinburgh Castle offers an array of views to suit everyone. Open 363 days a year, this iconic castle allows you to make the most of the changing views with each new season.

St Ives

St Ives

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With its fantastic summer weather, warm sandy beaches and delicious seafood you would be forgiven for thinking St Ives was a reclusive tropical destination. Offering a wide selection of brightly coloured properties, crisp blue seas and golden sands, St Ives‘ views are perfect for any budding painter.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain

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A real cultural and historical treat, Stonehenge is a British icon and loved by many. Surrounded by Wiltshire’s open farm land, this world heritage site offers views as far as the eye can see, disturbed only by the natural curvature of the earth!

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge

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Cheddar Gorge is famed for its impressive stalactite cavern and although the view from inside this cave is all inspiring we feel that to witness the full delights of the area you need to bask in the sunlight. From outside you can see the steep cliffs and spectacular greenery which makes this region of Somerset truly beautiful.

The Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct And Ingleborough

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Located in North Yorkshire this astonishing piece of engineering really adds character to the landscape, with a sharp contrast between the lush green grass and the hard stone pillars. The views from this spot make for a flawless photo opportunity!

Ingleton Falls

Ingleton Falls 08/07/2012

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Not only revered for its glorious waterfalls, Ingleton also boasts spectacular woodlands, with each coming together in a wonderful trail sure to delight the whole family on! Whether you are taking your time to admire the plunging waters or chasing the wildlife through the trees, this area of Yorkshire is sure to inspire you.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

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Set overlooking the popular coastal town of Whitby, this extraordinary abbey makes for a great value day out. When the abbey fell into ruin it was mined for its stones, leaving only the ghostly shell we see today! Visit the abbey on your next cottage holiday- it’s the perfect place for a Halloween treat or a charming picnic with the family!

The Wye Valley

The Lower Wye Valley from Wyndcliffe

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The Wye Valley, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is perfect for a photo opportunity anytime of the year. Vibrant and colourful during Autumn when the leaves start to fall, or crisp and new when emerging green buds start to reappear during Spring. This diverse area is a writers Eden!

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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.

Sunday Snapshots: New Forest, Hampshire

Sunday, February 10th, 2013
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Given that it’s so close to Valentine’s Day, we thought this week’s Sunday Snapshot should have a romantic theme so today’s photo comes from the New Forest in Hampshire, not far from the aptly-named hamlet of Lover. The small Wiltshire hamlet of Lover sits just on the edge of the New Forest and many romantics travel here just so their Valentine’s card is stamped with the postmark!
 

‘Roses are red, violets are blue, why not book a holiday cottage and say I love you?’
 

New Forest

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Congratulations to Avebury!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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Avebury, a prehistoric site in Wiltshire, has been awarded second best World Heritage Site for visitors by Which? Magazine. The stone circles beat off stiff competition from the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids and came second only to the Monte Alban in Mexico. Read the full story about how the panel of experts came to their decision on the BBC website.

Avebury in the Evening

Visit Avebury

Visit Avebury today and you’ll find two small stone circles within a larger stone circle together constructed of almost 100 standing stones.  There’s also a museum which documents the archaeologist who rediscovered the stones in the 1930s and a cafe serving delicious local food.  Why not make a weekend of your trip to Avebury and book one of our wonderful holiday cottages in Wiltshire?  Choosing a cottage is a fantastic option if you want to observe the winter or summer solstice at Avebury.

As one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe and the largest stone circle in the world, Avebury attracts numerous visitors every year.  Despite its popularity, no-one knows exactly why the stone circle was constructed more than 4,500 years ago but it may have something to do with ley lines which converge at the site.  Generations of civilizations have recognised the importance of the circular shape and have been attracted to worship at Avebury.

There’s something for everyone at Avebury; wander the stone circle and enjoy the quiet solitude any time of day or night, take a guided tour of the stones to learn more or visit the on-site museum to recreate life over the centuries at Avebury.

 

Enjoy a holiday in Wiltshire

Avebury is today looked after by the National Trust and English Heritage and we have lots of cottages close to National Trust properties across the south west so you can look forward to great days out during your holiday.

One of our lovely Wiltshire cottages

One of our lovely Wiltshire cottages

After you’ve explored Avebury, there’s plenty more to enjoy during a holiday in Wiltshire.  Discover the pretty towns of Marlborough and Malmesbury both packed with independent boutiques and make the perfect spot for afternoon tea.  There’s also the White Horse Trail which takes you through gorgeous countryside as you attempt to spot all eight of the giant chalk horses carved into the hillside.  Bath, Salisbury and Tetbury are all within easy reach of your cosy cottage and make for a great day out.

Summer Solstice 2010 - Alton Barnes White Horse

If this has got you thinking about a trip to Wiltshire, why not browse our website for inspiration?

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