Posts Tagged ‘UK’

Britain’s Best Views

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
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Britain is a land of dramatic landscapes – sweeping cliffs and crashing oceans, stately homes and patchwork fields, crystal lakes and craggy mountains. Britain may not have the world’s highest peaks or buildings, but what it may lack in size it truly makes up for in style.

Whether you are impressed by sweeping cityscapes, natural landscapes, or pastoral vistas, there is a view for you somewhere within England, Scotland, and Wales. Strap your walking boots on and set out to see what you can see from some of the most impressive views in Britain.

Lock Coruisk, Isle of Skye

Lock Coruisk Isle of Skye

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If drama is what you’re looking for then the Isle of Skye is waiting for you. Loch Coruisk has been dubbed the Valley of the Waters, an apt if not obvious nickname for a spot where water reigns supreme. The Loch itself is an ancient volcanic bowl; a crater shaped by years of seismic shifts and glacier migration. Today you can reach Loch Coruisk either via a 7-8 mile hike from Sligachan, or a leisurely boatride from Elgol. Regardless of your method of transport you will end up at the same place, marveling at the view of the pristine Scottish lake bathed in the shadows of the imposing Black Cuillin mountain.

Find a holiday cottage on the Isle of Skye.

The Shard, London

The View from The Shard: Down on the Observation Deck

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The view from the top of The Shard in London most certainly isn’t for the feint of heart. At over 800 feet above street level The Shard is more than twice as high as any other viewing point in London, giving locals and visitors alike a view of the capital metropolis unlike any that have come before. On a clear day you’ll be able to see more than 40 miles in every direction, though clear days in England are pretty few and far between. While the view from The Shard is undeniably impressive, the entry cost is not – an advance adult ticket will set you back £24.95, and £29.95 if you turn up on the day! Make sure you book online ahead of time to save yourself a few pennies, or take to the stairs at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a slightly lower and lower priced view.

Seven Sisters, Sussex

Seven Sisters, Sussex

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Have you ever seen a movie with sweeping views of ocean waves crashing into the stark White Cliffs of Dover and thought ‘I need to go there one day’. Well, the chances are pretty good that the impressive cliffs on show were actually the Seven Sisters, lesser known but no less impressive chalk cliffs in Sussex, England. While the White Cliffs of Dover are heavily built around and increasingly intervened with to stave off natural erosion, the Seven Sisters have been left in all but their natural state, with all 280 hectares of their white cliff faces open to the sea. From the Seven Sisters Country Park you can enjoy the cliff views from both above or below, basking on the beach at the cliff foot, or walking along the tops on the South Downs Way.

Find yourself a holiday cottage in Sussex and explore the Seven Sisters.

Mount Snowdon, North Wales

The Horizon from Mount Snowdon

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Seeing as we’re based in Chester it seems only right that we include something local in our list of Britain’s best views, though Mount Snowdon in North Wales deserves to be in the list all on its own merits. As the highest mountain in Wales, with an altitude of 1,085 metres above sea level, Mount Snowdon is possibly most famous for its role in the epic Three Peaks Challenge, which some of the Sykes Cottages staff undertook not long ago. If slogging your way up three mountains over the course of 24 hours isn’t your idea of a good time, worry not! The walk up Snowdon is challenging but doable for anyone who is moderately fit, or just jump on the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway and enjoy the views from the comfort of the train.

Enjoy views of Snowdonia National Park from your very own holiday cottage in Snowdonia.

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Evolution of the Family Holiday

Monday, June 25th, 2012
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There isn’t much we look forward to more than our family holiday. That week or two away from it all is for most of us the highlight of our year.

But with changes to the population, global warming and evolving family structures all having an impact on the way the much loved family holiday is changing, will the way we enjoy a family holiday in years to come change?

Will the possible change to school holidays mean we take more short breaks? Will global warming mean we shy away from the Med and holiday in climates that are now thought of as cooler?

Here is an infographic from TravelSupermarket.com showing how the family holiday may evolve in years to come:

 

Evolution of the Family Holiday Infographic
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