From north to south and east to west, the UK has an extraordinary number of hidden holiday locations waiting to be discovered. Forget the popular destinations of Brighton, Blackpool, Bath and Edinburgh where you are more likely to see crowds of people, rather than the sites themselves. Instead why not venture to some lesser known locations the UK has to offer. Appreciate the sights and sounds without the hustle and bustle that busy tourist areas exude.
Many people pass through southern Scotland on the way to the highlands or the Western Isles, but why not stop and take in magnificent Dumfries and Galloway. The dramatic Galloway Forest with its numerous hiking trails and high peaks is famous for its legends, myths and wildlife. The shores of Solway Firth turn to woodland and farmland leading up to the beautiful Galloway Hills. Explore the many castles and enjoy the local hospitality.
The Peak District
The rugged peaks of Derbyshire have long been a popular destination for hikers. Instead of staying at the busy spa town of Buxton, why not venture ten miles away to the extremely beautiful village of Castleton. Located in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park, at the head of the wonderful Vale of Hope, Castleton is nestled in between steep hills on three sides with the mighty Mam Tor looming high above. Overlooking Castleton, on a hill lies the ancient Peveril Castle.
If you have never been to Wales, why not visit the spectacular Pembrokeshire coast. With miles and miles of coastline you will be spoilt for choice on where to stay and what to do. The picturesque seaside town of Tenby may not be a secret, but with its numerous surrounding award-winning beaches and magnificent views overlooking Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsula it is hard to beat as a base for a Pembrokeshire holiday. Take a three mile trip by boat to the Island of Caldey where you will find Cistercian Monks living in the local monastery. Shop for local produce and enjoy the many walks and exceptional golf the area offers.
Wells-Next-To-The-Sea is a little known North Norfolk gem. An attractive town, historic Wells boasts a long sweeping beach, picturesquely bordered by pine woodland. The gentle harbour is host to many small fishing boats and children can always be seen fishing for crabs. A tree-lined park, peaceful pubs and restaurants and Georgian houses all combine to make up this unspoilt, pretty seaside destination. The surrounding area provides plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, bird watching, water sports, family fun and country walks.
Many people visit Devon for its fantastic coastline and beaches, but if you have not thought of it before, why not visit the stunning and dramatic Dartmoor. With its spectacular wilderness, rare wildlife and traditional communities, Dartmoor makes an interesting outdoors holiday. Buckland-in-the-Moor is a quaint old Devonshire village located on Dartmoor itself. With its `chocolate box` style thatched cottages and majestic church perched at the top of the hill, this idyllic village is an ideal place to base your Dartmoor holiday. Hiking and biking are popular pastimes, followed by a good pub meal and a good night`s sleep at one of the wonderful B&Bs, small hotels or cottages in Devon.
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