Although many of us opt to take holidays in the summer, a long winter can also be a good excuse to get away for a few days. If you don’t have the time or budget to travel abroad, you can still have a fantastic break in the UK for a long weekend or a full week of relaxation. Here are some of the top choices for a UK winter break.
When you can’t stomach the thought of another day in a bleak town, it might be time to escape to Cornwall. Although many people think of Cornwall as a summer destination, it also offers comfortable temperatures in much of the winter. Plus, the cooler days are ideal for getting active outdoors. The coastal walks will be nearly empty, and you will be the perfect temperature thanks to the breeze coming in from the sea. After your day of trekking along the coast, settle in for some incredible cuisine and a range of accommodation options at surprisingly low off-peak prices.
Cairngorms: Enjoy a Snowy Winter Wonderland
Although much of the United Kingdom experiences chilly temperatures during the winter, seeing snow is far more rare. If you are tired of cold rain and grey skies, the a winter break to the Caringorms might be the perfect choice. The weather will certainly be cold, but it will also offer roughly 100 snowy days per winter. You can try skiing up in these Scottish Highlands, or you can simply snuggle up in front of a fireplace with a beautiful white snow-filled scene out the window. The Cairngorms are also full of wildlife, and a trek through the mountains can allow you to spot things like deer, squirrels and eagles.
Brighton: Peaceful Deserted Beaches
During the summer, it can feel like half of London is visiting Brighton at any given time. While the summer atmosphere is fun and vibrant, visiting Brighton during the winter is a completely different experience. As you walk along the deserted beaches, you can soak in the breathtaking scenery in peace. Thanks to a whopping 1,750 hours of sunshine each year, more than anywhere else in the region, you can typically expect pleasant conditions during your time in Brighton. Thankfully, there are still a handful of fish and chip shops open along the waterfront to get the quintessential seaside meal while you are there.
Bath: Warming Spa Getaways
Winter can be a great time to pamper yourself and completely relax, but it is challenging with the stresses of work, family and the Christmas holidays. By taking a quick getaway to Bath, you can unwind with a trip to the spa. Many Bath spa packages combine accommodation and treatments, which allows you to book once and be done. This is perfect for a couples trip or a getaway with your friends.
You don’t have to leave the United Kingdom in order to have an enjoyable winter break. Each of these great suggestions can be a wonderful getaway for you this winter.
Abi writes for The Cornwall Hotel Collection, owners of The Greenbank and Alverton. Both hotels have restaurants, if you areeating out in Truro & Falmouth, or looking for accomodation in Falmouth visit The Cornwall Hotel Collection.