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Autumn Ideas for this October Half Term

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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There are few better ways to enjoy the crisp autumn weather than to get out on a woodland walk in some of the UK’s most beautiful wooded areas. You don’t have to head to North America or Europe to enjoy all the beauty that autumn brings, you can enjoy it right here in the UK, either on a day trip from home or a longer getaway to some of this country’s more wild and windswept locales.

The New Forest

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a place with ‘forest’ right in the name is a great location for an woodland walk. The New Forest is one of England’s most important ecological sites, filled with unique flora and fauna. Some of the most amazing of the New Forest’s residents is the New Forest pony, European polecats, otters, as well as all three British snake species. Want to take a walk with a purpose? Why not sign up for a fungi walk and learn how to forage for your own local mushrooms. Find the perfect cottage in the New Forest for your holiday.

Snowdonia National Park

Llyn Ogwen, Snowdonia

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If you’re still looking for something fun for the family to do over the October half-term holidays, why not head to Wales’ beautiful Snowdonia National Park and spend the holidays exploring all the magic that the park holds. If you are a family of walkers you will be spoilt for choice with all of the trails that are available. No matter what you’re level of experience there is sure to be a trail for you. If you don’t fancy the walk, why not take the old-fashioned steam train to the top of majestic Mount Snowdon? You can take in all of the beauty of the surroundings without subjecting yourself to hours of hard walking getting to the top! Find a last minute cottage in Wales today.

The Lake District

Ennerdale, Lake district

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There are few places in the UK that are more beautiful in the autumn than the Lake District, one of England’s most treasured natural landscapes. One of the best parts about the Lake District is that you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the country as many are easily accessible by those of us who don’t spend every weekend walking. Go Lakes, the areas official tourism authority, has compiled a great list of nano-walks, or what they describe as “little hikes with big views“, which are well worth considering if you’re heading to the Lake District. Discover why the Lake District is one of the most beloved parts of the country on a Lake District autumn cottage holiday.

Sykes Cottages still have a great selection of holiday cottages that are available for last minute half term holidays, so don’t worry if you haven’t planned your autumn vacation yet. Just head over to our last minute cottages page and spend your time discovering the beauty of the UK’s very own wild spaces.

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Take a National Park Cottage Holiday in 2013

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
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There are few places more relaxing, more beautiful, and better for a summer holiday than one of the UK’s National Parks. These protected and wild places are the best areas in the country to just get away from it all, turn off the mobile phone and computer, and just let yourself step away from the stresses of the modern world. There are fifteen National Parks across Britain to choose from, and any of these breathtaking landscapes would make the ultimate spot for your 2013 summer cottage holiday.

Perfection in the Peak District

Peak District


The Peak District National Park was the first area to be designated as a National Park in the UK in 1951, and today the park plays host to an astonishing 22 million visitors a year! Don’t worry that you won’t be able to get away from the crowds though, because with an area of more than 555 sq mi there is more than enough room for everyone. The Peak District is a great park to visit on a day trip from Manchester of Sheffield, being just a stones throw away from both, giving you the best of both worlds on your summer holiday – days spent walking in the sunshine of the Peak District and evenings spent taking in the infamous nightlife of two of England’s most exciting cities. Find your perfect Peak District holiday cottage today.

Laid back in the Lake District

Coniston Water in the Lake District


The Peak District may be the oldest National Park in Britain, but the Lake District is arguably the best known. Located on the north west coast of England, not far from the Scottish border, the Lake District National Park is best known for it’s breathtaking landscape and historic charm. After just a short time in the Lake District you’ll quickly understand why the area has been such an inspiration to artists and poets over the decades – it’s beauty is just undeniable. If you’re travelling with children they will love to visit some of the Lake Districts best known story book characters, including the friendly animals of Beatrix Potter and the ever-forgetful Postman Pat. The Lake District is a very popular for cottage holidays so make sure that you book your 2013 Lake district cottage soon!

Excitement in Exmoor

Exmoor National Park

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Exmoor National Park, in the south west of Britain, may not be the biggest National Park, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in sheet diversity of landscape. This 267 sq mi park once served as the ancient royal hunting forest of King Henry II of England, but today it more resembles a vintage postcard than a place to hunt beasts. That said, the legend of the Beast of Exmoor remains to this day. Take a walk through the moorlands and then pop into a cosy country pub to relax for the afternoon and just watch the world go by. Find your perfect Exmoor holiday cottage now.

The slogan for the National Parks in Britain is ‘Britain’s breathing spaces’ and that is exactly what they are! Spending all, or just part, of your 2013 cottage holiday in one of these beautiful natural landscapes is sure to leave you rested and relaxed, and feeling better than ever.

Booking your 2013 cottage holiday in advance is a great idea, but we also have many great cottages that still have summer availability for this year. If you don’t yet have plans for this coming bank holiday weekend, why not consider a family holiday to a lovely country cottage. Visit our last minute cottages page to find a great deal for your end of summer getaway.


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