On a cottage holiday, a visit to Dartmoor is a must. Dartmoor National Park covers some 368 square miles, mainly of open moorland with small areas of forest and woodland. The Dartmoor nature reserves are sites of Special Scientific Interest, providing a habitat for rare plants and endangered animals, and retaining a timeless air of mystery and magic; the moor holds more archaelogical sites, menhirs, stone circles and ancient burial chambers than any other single area in Europe. Dartmoor is largest, open country wilderness in the South of England and provides a superb, peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of the region’s stunning coastal scenery. (more…)
Archive for May, 2011
When staying in a holiday cottage, Hawes is well worth visiting. The small but bustling market town of Hawes sits at the head of beautiful Wensleydale, where the high fells contrast with sheep-filled, rolling pasture land of the most improbable shades of green. Home to the famous Wensleydale Cheese Factory and to the Yorkshire Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes and the surrounding area provide a haven of relaxation. The creamery where the cheese made famous by Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit characters is well worth a visit; tour the factory and sample the produce in the Visitor Centre. Equally, the Dales Countryside Museum offers a diverting insight into the heritage of this beautiful area, with exhibitions on the many local skills, crafts and traditions of Dales folk. Learn about the production of rope, braids and cords crafted locally and exported worldwide; lead mining and vetinary skills, dry stone walling and more.
On a cottage holiday, the city of Bath is well worth a visit. UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site Bath is one of Somerset’s most visited attractions with a wealth of things to see, do and experience, all amid the inspiring architecture of one of the very finest Georgian towns in the country, where there are in excess of a mind-blowing 5,000 listed buildings. (more…)
On a cottage holiday, a visit to Aviemore is a must. Situated at the western fringes of the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains National Park, Aviemore is the largest population centre in this region of stunning natural beauty, lying some sixty miles north east of Fort William and more than 125 miles from Edinburgh. A year round resort, it is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders in winter, and walkers and anglers, together with hordes of coach visitors, in peak summer. The town has every service to be expected in a place that exists primarily to facilitate tourists, but the attractions that bring people here are many and great, and as soon as you head away from Aviemore, the crowds quickly disperse.
On a cottage holiday, a visit to Llandudno is a must. One of the largest and best-loved resorts of the Welsh coast, Llandudno enjoys a unique location, nestling between its two defining ‘mountains’, the Great and Little Ormes. With two splendid bays of sandy beach, an elegant Victorian crescent of sea-facing houses, a pier with traditional seaside attractions and the retail opportunities of one of the area’s larger towns, all on the doorstep of Snowdonia National Park, it is easy to see why Llandudno has been attracting holidaymakers since its Victorian heyday.