Escape to the Sun

It seems as though the British summer may be well and truly over – but if you have a hankering for the sun, there are still plenty of places you can go to top up your tan. By travelling to one of these sunny destinations, you can forget all about the dull British weather – just don’t forget to pack your sun cream!

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Crete and the other Greek islands are excellent destinations for an autumn holiday. Although the days won’t be quite as long or warm as they are during the height of summer, this makes it perfect weather for walking and hiking, allowing you to take in some of the area’s stunning natural attractions, such as the Samaria Gorge. Crete villa holidays give you the freedom to come and go as you please, indulge in some fresh food from the local markets and tavernas and even laze by a private pool.

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Croatia

It may not be the first destination to spring to mind, but Croatia is a beautiful destination with plenty of sunshine, particularly around the Adriatic coast. September is a great time to visit, as there’ll be warm, sunny weather, the sea will still be warm enough to swim in, and you won’t see the same tourist crowds as you would in the height of summer.  Again, you can find a range of beautiful villas in Croatia which give you the freedom to explore as you like.

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Egypt

The land of the Pharoahs has been a popular destination for many years, and as you might expect from a largely desert country, there’s no shortage of sun! Visiting in autumn is a good idea for those who are used to cooler climates, as the temperatures won’t reach quite the same peaks as they do in summer, but you’ll still have plenty of sun and warmth. If you look away from the big hotels and resorts, you can find excellent independent accommodation in Luxor, very convenient for exploring the Valley of the Kings, sailing the Nile or taking in the other fantastic sights of the country.

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If grey clouds and dipping thermometers are getting you down, then all you need to do is pack your bags, book your flights, and head off on a holiday to the sun. You’ll not only get a great tan, but you can even benefit from lower prices by travelling outside the summer rush!

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Glamping: the Ultimate Guide

Camping is so last year; it’s all about glamping these days! Well, who wants to sit in a leaky tent when you could be living it up in luxury whilst exploring the beautiful natural landscape? What’s more, glamping is suitable for the whole family and you don’t need to be physically fit to enjoy it.

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So if this experience is starting to tickle your fancy already…take a look at our ultimate guide to glamping!

What is Glamping?

As we’ve got this far, we should probably explain exactly what glamping is…well, in essence it is essentially luxury camping. Many people do it to feel more comfortable when exploring another country, as a cheaper alternative to the villa holiday or even as a unique honeymoon adventure.

Your Vehicle of Choice

When it comes to choosing your vehicle, there are many options to choose from, but remember it must be comfortable! You could choose an amazing American style campervan from Oakwell Motorhomes; come on, who doesn’t wish they had one of these?

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Alternatively, you could go for something a little smaller, but just as glamorous in the form of a luxury caravan from experienced designers Coachman; they are world-renowned for their comfort and class! If you just want to take a car, that is also an option, but make sure that you choose a gorgeous, high quality tent. Quirky tent designers podpads.com have an exceptional range; you’re sure to stand out with these!

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Of course, some specialist glamping sites have their own accommodation for you there, which is wonderful if you just want to take a small car with you.

Where to go glamping?

You can go glamping anywhere in the world; although it is easier to head to UK glamping sites or European campsites, especially if you’re taking your own luxurious vehicle. Where you go is completely up to you! Spain, France, Ireland and Switzerland are a few fabulous destinations! Make sure that you consider your budget when booking though.

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What to Take With You

When glamping you get to enjoy all the comforts of home yet explore another part of the world. However, to ensure that you are comfortable out in the wonderful world, make sure that you check out this glamping checklist. Take everything that’s listed on this and you are certain to have a spectacular time under the stars.

What to expect…

So, what can you expect from your glamping trip? Well that is completely up to you! You can go rambling through the countryside or simply sit back and relax in your own luxurious piece of paradise. Nothing is too much or too little for the glamper! The most important thing is to make sure that you have a phenomenal time.

Glamping is a holiday that doesn’t go out of style; it is glamorous, stylish and will make you feel like a celebrity wherever you go. Don’t go camping, go glamping!

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Your Lake District Holiday Guide

Britain is full of unique, picturesque landscapes; it truly is an amazing place to spend a holiday. One of the most beautiful parts of England is of course the Lake District, which is a fantastic place to explore in any season. If you’re after adventure in stunning scenery, this destination is certainly for you, so go on, plan your getaway with your very own Lake District holiday guide.

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Why Visit the Lake District

 The Lake District is a phenomenal place to visit; there is so much history and heritage here, in addition to truly breathtaking landscape and excellent food. Whether you’re an outdoor person who craves adventure or you just want to relax in the beauty of rolling hills, luscious lakes, and gorgeous greenery you can find something for you here. As the Lake District is situated in the North West it is easily accessed by car via the M6 motorway.

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Things to Do:

 As stated above there are so many wonderful things to do in the Lake District both indoors and outdoors.

Outdoor Activities:

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 The Lakes

If there’s one thing that you MUST do on a holiday in the Lake District, it is to go on a boat ride in windermere. This lake is marvellous, and a boat ride is certainly the quickest way to get from one side of the lake to the other. Sittin on a boat is the most relaxing way to marvel at the wonders of the mesmerising landscape of the area.

If speed is what you’re after, make sure that you visit Coniston for Coniston Speed Week, where many power boats take to the water to break world records during the Autumn. In the summer you can simply relax at the famous Blue Bird Cafe.

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Walking & Adventures

Many people choose to go on walking holidays in the Lake District, and as the home of Scafell Pike it really isn’t hard to see why. Measuring 978 metres (3210 feet), this is one of the more challenging walks in the area. If you fancy a more leisurely stroll and just want to take in the marvellous landscape, don’t worry, there are many easy walks in the Lake District.

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Indoor Activities:

 If the rain starts to pour down, don’t worry, there are many indoor activities that you can take advantage of (these are great even if the sun is shining too!) including:

Beatrix Potter Museum – Bowness-on-Windermere

 The Beatrix Potter Museum is an excellent place to take the kids. Full of fantasy and fun, plus an exquisite tea room, this is an excellent attraction!

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 The Lakeland Aquarium – Windermere

 If you want to see what lies below the surface of Lake Windermere, and some more exotic fish as well, visit the Lakeland Aquarium. They even have adorable otters, so if you love wildlife make sure that you visit.

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The Lakeland Motor Museum – Leven Valley

 For the car enthusiasts out there, you must visit the Lakeland Motor Museum, here you will find a vast history of cars – it certainly is an exciting day out!

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Muncaster Castle – Ravenglass

 For those who want to explore heritage, history and experience true luxury, pay a visit to the gorgeous Muncaster Castle. The World Owl Centre is also here, so there are plenty of things to see and do for the whole family.

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Where to Stay: 

  • B&B 

There are many exquisite B&Bs in the Lake District, where you can relax in style and experience gorgeous food. For those who desire home comforts without having to cook their own breakfast, this option is definitely for you.

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  • Boutique Hotels

 For those who crave luxury, you’ll be happy to know that you can find a number of gorgeous boutique hotels in the Lake District. If relaxation is what you crave then the boutique hotel is certainly for you.

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  • Campsites

For families and those who crave the great outdoors, camping is an excellent idea. There are many Lake District campsites, where you can feel at home with nature yet have access to all of the amenities that you need.

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The Lake District is a marvellous place to visit, and is abundant with things to do and places to visit and explore. Whatever you’re after you can find it in this part of England. So go on, get packing! Get planning! Then enjoy all that the Lake District National Park has to offer!

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Your Guide to a Peak District Holiday

It’s a fact; you don’t have to go abroad to have a fabulous holiday. England is abundant with beautiful destinations that are truly marvellous for a family holiday, and one of the best places to visit is…the Peak District. Derbyshire is at the heart of the Peak District, with Nottinghamshire close by.

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Why Visit the Peak District

The Peak District is incredibly picturesque, with gentle rolling hills, gorgeous green pastures, mystical valleys and truly gorgeous rivers; it is one of the most stunning areas in England. It is the ideal location to sit back, relax, and recharge your batteries. Natural in beauty and brimming with culture, history and wildlife, it is also the perfect place for outdoor adventures!

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If this isn’t what you want from a holiday, don’t worry, there are plenty of exciting activities and amazing things to do in this area! From theme parks to stately homes you can find it all here.

Things to Do:

As stated above there are many things to do in this area, so let’s take a look at a few of the activities that the beautiful Peak District has to offer you:

Alton Towers – Alton Nr Cheadle

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 For thrill seekers and those who crave adventure you simply must visit Alton Towers, one of the most exciting theme parks in the country. There are rides and attractions here which the whole family can enjoy!

Peak Rail – Matlock

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For those who want to experience the historical heritage of England, head to Peak Rail where you will find beautiful steam trains and diesel locomotives from a bygone era. They have special events throughout the year which are incredibly exciting.

Chatsworth House – Nr Bakewell

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Chatsworth House is an utterly stunning stately home which you can visit throughout the year. With outstanding gardens and special exhibitions, you can have a fantastic day out here and enjoy a marvellous picnic with your family and friends.

Twycross Zoo – Atherstone.

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Animal lovers MUST visit Twycross Zoo, the world primate centre. Here you can view an array of apes, monkeys, lemurs, plus a whole array of other animals from across the world. It is an excellent place for people of all ages to visit!

Where to Eat:

There are many places to enjoy a meal out in the Peak District and you can be sure that you’ll find what you like! Regardless of whether you’re after fine dining in Derbyshire or hearty pub grub at the perfect Peak District pubs, we can guarantee that you’ll find what you’re looking for.

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Where to Stay:

When it comes to finding accommodation in the Peak District, you certainly aren’t limited for choice. Whatever you’re after you can find it here; regardless of whether it is a 5 star hotel, a luxury holiday cottage, or just a pitch for camping.  Here are a few fantastic options for you:

  • Camping/caravanning

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If you crave the outdoors, camping is definitely the option for you. There are so many wonderful Peak District campsites where you can enjoy the great outdoors, yet with all the amenities that you need.

  • Self Catering Cottages

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For those who crave something a little more luxurious, with all the comforts of home, then you’ll be happy to know that there are many gorgeous holiday cottages in Derbyshire that you can choose from. What’s perfect about the holiday cottage is that you can recline in outstanding comfort without losing out on any freedom.

  • Hotels

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There are a number of luxury hotels in Derbyshire, where you can indulge in exquisite luxury and relax in ultimate style, yet still get out and explore the incredible beauty that the Peak district has to offer.

There you have it; your guide to having a fantastic holiday in the Peak District, however there are many more exciting things to do and exciting views to see. So, go on! Get packing and have the perfect Peak District holiday for you and your family!

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Unusual Walking Destinations

For the purists, there’s only one real way to see the most beautiful landscapes of the world, and that’s on foot. It’s a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, to take your holiday at a slower pace and really see the beauty of nature all around you. To make the most of your walking holiday, choose a destination with something different, and you’ll be able to bring back stunning photographs, fantastic memories, and some great stories to tell, too.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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Starting with somewhere close to home, Snowdonia is a stunning area with plenty of trails and sights to take in. Mount Snowdon itself is an obvious attraction, but for many it has become somewhat “touristy”; many would prefer something a little quieter. The village of Betws y Coed is an ideal spot to base yourself – it’s known as the gateway to Snowdonia and there are plenty of quieter walking trails starting nearby, as well as easy access to the wider National Park. Aberconwy House is a welcoming B&B in Betws y Coed, within easy reach of the Bro Garmon Walk, which is an excellent moderate leisure walk giving you incredible views of the Conwy Valley.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

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Lying within the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands offer a really unique holiday. If you’re worried that it might be too cold, think again – despite the northerly location, the temperatures are quite mild here, with average temperatures usually staying above freezing even in winter.

One of the most popular places to stay in Lofoten is Anne Gerd’s bed & breakfast, now formally called the Lofoten Guesthouse, where the host offers a warm welcome to all her guests and is happy to offer advice on hiking trails and other activities. You can also read some advice on walking in Lofoten on Walkopedia.

Piatra Craiului National Park – Romania

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Imagine coming back from your holidays and telling your friends that you took a stroll through Dracula’s back yard! The stunning Piatra Craiului National Park is set in Transylvania, and offers a number of walking trails with absolutely fantastic views.

The Casa Samurai is a well-recommended place to stay – it’s a B&B in Brasov, the nearest town to the National Park, which is run by a friendly Japanese gentleman. It’s also just half an hour’s drive to Bran Castle – said to be the inspiration for Dracula’s castle.

Meteora, Greece

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Although Meteora is something of a tourist trap these days, it offers stunning and unique vistas – and if you choose the right trails, you can avoid the masses. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rightly so – the six monasteries, built on towering sandstone pillars, are unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Doupiani House is an excellent hotel in Kalampaka, close to Meteora and with stunning views of the cliffs.

The walking trails themselves are not always well marked or maintained – Walkopedia offers some helpful advice on finding the best routes, as well as listing some guidebooks that will be very useful – but the best advice is, as with any walking holiday, to conduct thorough research before hand, plan in advance and be prepared.

These are, of course, only four stunning locations where you can take in the wonders of the natural world by foot – there are many, many more, not only in Europe but throughout the world. With a well-packed backpack and a passport, your feet can take you to the most beautiful places, any time you like!

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