Reading some of the posts on other threads, I'm intrigued by the increasing numbers of people I'm coming across - not just on HT - who live in the UK but have seen very little of it despite travelling far and wide on other continents. Is it a case of taking what's on your doorstep for granted? Assuming that there will always be time to do it in later life? Assuming that there is very little worth seeing?
Having grown up on Merseyside with North Wales and the Lake District on the doorstep with parents that were keen outdoors people but without the cash to travel in Europe let alone further afield with a young family, family holidays gave me a love of our countryside that continued well after we could afford to travel further afield. So out of curiosity I totted up which counties I'd visited and realised that the big hole is Northern Ireland where I've nver been (yes, I know, grew up in Liverpool but never got the ferry over!) but the only gap in England is the Isle of Wight, in Scotland it's only Orkney and I've visited every county in Wales. Some of them were very brief visits and whilst I have been to the Western Isles there are still some of the smaller islands I'd like to visit and there are plenty of counties I'd like to revisit and spend more time exploring.
Some of the most fantastic beaches (even if not the warmest!) I've ever visited are here in Scotland - miles of deserted white sands - but I've invariably met more visitors from outside the UK than from other parts of the UK on them amd it's often been the same in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands. How much travelling within the UK have others done? And if you haven't done much what are your reasons for it? What are your favourite places in the UK that you would recommend as 'must sees' to others? One of mine would be Achmelvich beach, beautiful sand dunes, fine white sand, rolling jade sea with white breakers coming straight in off the Atlantic in the soft light of an endless June night. Breathtaking!
Nearer to me- a must see is Balmoral Castle. The grounds are pretty spectacular and you wander off on walks along the riverside or up into the hills. My father played for Balmoral cricket club and I have many fun memories when he played there. The Queen even came by one afternoon.
My favourite cities that I have visited would be York and Chester.
I went to Salcombe in Devon two years ago before we had our first little man and was completely blown away. I would love to know if there is anyone out there who could recommend some other places in Devon....
Inland both Exmoor and Dartmoor are worth the effort of going to visit - Exmoor is not quite as bleak as Dartmoor. Plus almost any one of the market towns is worth a look see but Exeter probably has the most to offer the visitor - anybody who likes York and Chester ( Fiona!) would probably like Exeter too.
Britain I'm guilty of not seeing enough of even though, as mentioned in the other thread, I'd love to tour more.
We live near the Yorkshire Moors & Dales so they are a day out to us along with Whitby, Scarborough, York. Skipton we visit occasionally, it's a bit further for us as a couple of hours on the county roads but I love that run.
My husband's job takes him away from home Mon-Fri & occasionally I've visited him when it's been difficult for him to get home on a weekend. I've been to see him in Inverness, Edinburgh & Jersey. I loved the journey up to Edinburgh as followed the Northumberland coastline.
Years ago I worked in the Lake District, Glenridding, plus we used to go fell walking, backpacking around the Lakes most weekends so have covered that area. Also been to Chester.
Went to Devon & Cornwall as a teenager, lived in London in my late twenties. I've never been to Wales so would like to visit there. Also the Cotswolds would be on my list.
Although I love the sea & my dream would be to have a house facing the sea my heart is more countryside. I love the peace & rolling green hills.
As for where I live now, I love the fact that I live less than 10 minutes walk from the sea and could watch the dolphins and seals while waiting for the train each morning on my daily commute to work but that I can also be up in the Angus Glens on the southern edge of the Cairngorm national park in well under an hour. The best of both worlds on my doorstep :-)
I worked in Patterdale Hall, it was a sort of outward bound holiday place for schoolchildren. The original owner had left, in his will, that it was to be for deprived children to have a holiday. Times moved on & when I was there it was just groups of school kids & their teachers.
We had a laugh though. They was one group of mischievous kids came so my friend & I crept in their dormatry with a sheet on a broom handle....Lol.
We used to walk to the pub on a night but can't for the life of me remember the name. I do remember the hotel though. Did you see on the news it suffered during the floods?
One lovely episode that will always stay with me was during a heavy snowfall. Some of the farmers lambs were caught in the blizzard & were lost. We went out with sticks prodding by the Drystone walls, as if the stick went straight through easily chances are a lamb had taken shelter & got covered in snow. I found a lamb & it made my day! It also made us late for work & we got told off...Lol.
One year we decided to stay in Scotland in the summer because we were going to New York in the October and we took a house on the Moray Firth. We went there by the scenic route, taking in Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, Fort William, the Great Glen, Urquhart Castle, a Nessie spotting boat trip, Inverness, Culloden and Fort George on the way (all with a child suffering from heatstroke in the back of the car). We managed to explore a lot of the Moray Firth area and have photos of the kids in the sea which could have been taken in the Med.
As a small child, holidays were taken in Galloway, Arran, Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute. We then had a few years of going to France before we returned to holidaying in the UK - York, Chester, the north-east of Scotland, London, and Cornwall via Cheddar and Weston-Super-Mare. In my teens and 20s I got to Edinburgh (my now hubby had the use of a family flat during the festival), Fife, Cairngorms, Perthshire, East Lothian, West Highland Way, the Lake District, North Wales, Brecon Beacons, Hastings, Eastbourne, Northern Ireland and the Norfolk Broads.
Since the children came along we have mainly used the in-laws' place in the East Neuk other than in the summer, although we have taken them to York, London, Warwick on the way home from France (twice as the car got broken into overnight the first time so we didn't actually get to Warwick Castle as it took a day to get the car repaired), North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leicester, Blackpool, Alton Towers, Centre Parcs (my dad paid!), Aviemore (again my dad paid), Perthshire, and 3 weeks ago, the Scottish Borders. I also managed a girls' weekend in Ballater on Royal Deeside a few months before my friend's house was devastated by the floods at the end of 2015.
I do agree that I want sun during the year. Also I can have a cheaper holiday abroad compared to same standard of accommodation at home.
Weather of course is a issue, but I remember as a child during the 6 weeks holiday it always seemed to be hot! I used to get a lolly stick & play with the melted tar on the roads. (Sounds really bad that, playing on the roads, but I was sat on the kerb...Lol)
We got rained off a few times, so just decided that enough was enough in this country.
As a child my holiday consisted of several days out on a steam train to Cleethorpes or a coach trip to Scarborough, Bridlington or Whitby.
As my parents got a bit richer and I was a teenager, we used to go to Blackpool staying in a boarding house for Ledger week....it was the first week in September, when all the local collieries closed down to coincide with St Ledger horse racing meeting at Doncaster racecourse.
I can't remember going anywhere else as a child.
In contrast, my youngest had been abroad at least twice a year before he started full-time school.
As someone who has worked in motorsport in the past, I've also travelled around the country from Kent up to Fife to watch cars go round in a circles which has provided the chance to see quite a few places that I'd like to visit if I had the chance. There's a lot more to staying in the UK than people realise sometimes.
Few families went abroad during my childhood, package holidays to the continent didn't really start until the early 60's when I was already an adult and I remember the pleasure of almost 100% guaranteed sunshine on my week in the sun with a girlfriend.
Although I've lived abroad for over 40 years I seem to have visited lots of different areas in the UK, usually tagging a short holiday to somewhere of interest on to visits to parents over the years. One year we decided to spend the majority of our annual leave in the UK and drove to England stopping first at in laws in Essex up to Nottingham to my parents then to Yorkshire to relatives then up to Scotland across to the west and Skye down through the Lakes then into Wales down to Devon, Cornwall up to see SIL in Hampshire then back to Essex to in laws before driving back to Germany . Quite a trip, not something I would attempt now, though I would still like to visit some areas we didn't see or return to some that we liked. Though I'm no longer a sun worshipper I am put off by day after day of heavy rain showers which is unfortunately often a possibility in the UK.
I'm not a city break person, but I do enjoy Liverpool and York (small cities), but we are quite partial to the English Lakes (Grasmere, Keswick/Ambleside, etc) for a nice weekend break
I'd also recommend the Causeway coast in NI, worth a trip
I've never been to Wales, had my first trip to Cornwall last year (loved it) and I'm doing the Cotswolds this year ... so looking forward to that too
On a more serious note, with the current constitutional issues in the UK and having a Scottish accent, I feel quite uncomfortable from the midlands down to the south / south east coast, so sadly not places I'm looking to visit ... I feel comfortable in Kernow as it's a celtic nation
Not strictly UK, but have been going to the Channel Islands the last few years, to Guernsey ... couldn't recommend it enough, what a great little relaxed holiday, and have also popped across to visit Sark and Herm, part of the Bailiwick
Still to go to Jersey though
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