Make the most of a UK staycation this summer

With the global pandemic impacting us all, it’s more important than ever to know when to slow down and take a break. With this in mind, our partner Hertz have some suggestions for less obvious holiday destinations in the UK.

Path through field on hazy summer day
Photograph: Joe Smith

Last year, the government relaxed the rules on holiday entitlement to allow employees working in key industries, such as law, to carry over their holidays.

As the lockdown eases and travel restrictions relax in the UK, it’s important to try and use the holiday entitlement you’ve accrued and to take time away from your screen.

Let’s face it: our holiday plans this year are more likely to involve a UK staycation. Most people will flock to coastal towns, however there are plenty of hidden gems to be discovered inland, from quaint villages and local historic sites to the fresh air of the Great British countryside.

If you haven’t quite decided where to go, Hertz have some key picks to inspire you – and Law Society members get up to 10% off car and van hire to take you there.

To travel safely and confidently, book today and start saving. Quote CDP 500756 to secure your discount.

Heading west – Cheddar Gorge

If you’re looking for a different day out, just a 45-minute drive from Bristol you’ll find the biggest limestone gorge in the UK: the 400-foot-deep, three-mile-long Cheddar Gorge.

Carved by nature, the steep cliffs you see today were created during the ice age when water from melting glaciers formed a river, which over time started to wear away the limestone rock. The Yeo river gradually made its way underground, creating the famous Cheddar Caves.

The Yorkshire moors

Encounter amazing wildlife, view historic castles and roam through crumbling, ancient abbey ruins throughout the Yorkshire moors.

Love Exploring explains: “The name doesn’t really do it justice, because the North York Moors National Park, which lies to the northeast of the city of York, is far more than just moorland.”

Wild deer, squirrels and rabbits are often spotted at Rievaulx Abbey, and Mount Grace Priory is famous for its stoats. Winding roads reveal pastoral scenes, with grazing sheep and curious cattle looking on.

Cotswold Water Park

Rich with wildlife, the Cotswold Water Park borders Wiltshire and Gloucester, boasting more than 150 lakes spread across 40 square miles. Keep an eye out for bats, roe deer and brown hare while following one of the park’s many walking and cycle paths.

Alternatively, there are many different activities to choose from including angling, archery, golf, birdwatching, cycling or horse riding. Of course, you can always choose to sit on the beach with a picnic.

Find out how to get there by car and where to stay

Lake District, Cumbria

Enjoy tranquility by the waters!

With slate and limestone cottages, country pubs, winding roads and grassy mountains, the Lake District is the perfect place to spend a week.

There are 16 lakes, meres and waters in scooped-out glacial valleys. The largest of all is Windermere, which stretches out for more than 10 miles.

Take your pick of sightseeing vessels – from canoes to luxury dinner cruises – or breathe the fresh air on a bracing hike. The Lake District National Park website has more information on where to stay and what to do.

Stonehenge

Discover the mystical wonder of Stonehenge, perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument.

Stonehenge is just under an hour’s drive from Salisbury – perfect for a day trip. It’s also a short drive down the M3 to Winchester, a city renowned for its castle and medieval cathedral. From here, South Downs National Park is only a short drive away.

Advance booking for Stonehenge is now essential under new COVID-19 restrictions, so remember to book before you arrive.

Arundel

This quaint market town situated in a steep vale in West Sussex is most famous for two stunning landmarks which dominate the skyline: Arundel Castle and Arundel Roman Catholic Cathedral.

Alongside the town’s history come contemporary culture and charm in its independent shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafes.

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