Staycation: How to be an intrepid explorer in the UK

Though COVID-19 might have ruined plans to go abroad through 2020 and 2021, there are many beauty spots and places to visit right on our doorsteps.

So, if you are getting ready to head out on a staycation this year, here is how you can be an intrepid explorer without leaving the UK.

Go off-grid in Northumberland – North East England

Northumberland is one of the best places to just switch off and enjoy the countryside. With the sea, beaches and dunes, plus walks through the fields, you will never get bored.

Hike the rolling hills and lake paths of the Lake District – North West England

Explore the big and beautiful lakes or hike up the hills of the Lake District National Park, Cumbria.

Explore the vibrant capital city of London – South East England

As the capital city of England, London is bustling with an array of vibrant attractions and activities.

Stay at the Dorsett Hotel, City to base yourself just a short walk away from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, and a short bus or Tube journey away from all the main tourist attractions.

Discover the nation’s history in Kent – South East England

From Dover Castle to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral to the Kent Downs, the county of Kent is full of history and beauty.

Surf and sunbathe on the sandy beaches of Cornwall – South West England

The climate in Cornwall is practically tropical in comparison to the rest of the UK! Why not try out surfing or just relax and sunbathe on the county’s sandy beaches?

Try out some extreme sports in Snowdonia National Park – North Wales

If you don’t fancy walking up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), how about some extreme sports! Whether it’s mountain biking, zip lining, white water rafting, climbing or canyoning, there is something for everyone.

Sample traditional Irish booze (and an Ulster fry the morning after) – Northern Ireland

Sample all the drinks that Ireland has to offer – from local ales and Guinness to Irish whiskey and cocktails. Then, in the morning, soak it all up with a traditional Ulster fry from a local café.

Visit the iconic Titanic museum and sights around Belfast – East Northern Ireland

The city of Belfast (Irish: Béal Feirste) is the birthplace of the iconic RMS Titanic passenger liner.

Travel through time in Edinburgh Castle – South East Scotland

Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, or Dùn Èideann in Scottish Gaelic. It is thought that there have been settlers on Castle Rock since 2nd century AD.

Have a page-turning literary adventure in Dumfries – South West Scotland

Dumfries, from the Scottish Gaelic “Dùn Phris”, is home to Moat Brae. This is where J. M. Barrie used to play pirates whist attending Dumfries Academy, forming much of the basis for his Peter Pan character.

With all of this to explore and more, who needs to go abroad? Instead, soak in the sights that the UK has to offer, becoming an intrepid explorer right on your own doorstep.