Now is the time to make the most of those fabulous winter’s days…the ones that remain in our memory for being so special. Those walks along the wind swept beach or through the frosted forest to that pub with its roaring fire and warming tipple.
Admire the wintry waterscapes of the Norfolk Broads, the Lake District, Lough Neagh, Loch Lomond or Lake Bala. Scan the rugged horizons of the Peaks, Dartmoor, Snowdonia or the Cairngorms. Motor through the gentle lanes of Devon, the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales, the Borders of Wales and Scotland and the soft centre of Ireland.
ENGLAND – How about a nice, warm outdoor soak and swim in the Thermae Bath Spa, while you look out over Bath’s wintry skyline? Or an indoor dip in Harrogate’s exotic Victoria Bath House? Or moonlit skating, wining and dining at Brighton’s stunning Royal Pavilion. More winter ideas at www.visitengland.com and www.visitbritain.com.
The Eden Project’s jungle and mini-rainforest is a good idea whatever the weather. See www.gardenvisit.com.
SCOTLAND – Go north to catch a sight of the Northern Lights or cheer on the winners – and losers – at the Aviemore Dog Sled Rally in the Cairngorms National Park. Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain – is even more imposing in winter and the drive along the Great Glen is stunning, as are the organised walks…see www.visitscotland.com… and don’t forget Hogmanay or miss the Red Hot Highland Fling.
WALES – 2016 is Wales Year of Adventure from adrenalin fuelled exploits to literary and culinary events. It’ll be a great year to visit. Much has been written about the majesty of Snowdon in winter. See for yourself with a jaunt into the mountains of Wales, from Snowdonia then south to the Brecon Beacons, where there are some featured walks. Rambles on the Gower Peninsular can tie in with winter wildlife watching. See www.visitwales.com for more information.
IRELAND – Always welcoming, Ireland has much to offer through the winter months. The Wild Atlantic Way, stretching from Donegal to Cork, is even wilder and the stunning Causeway Coastal Route takes you from Belfast to Londonderry, with the mysterious Giant’s Causeway at the hub of your journey. Dublin and Belfast have a lot of winter fun, and inland, it’s green and gentle …visit
A walk in woodland is just the thing on a mid-winter’s day. The woods and forests have a haunting beauty about them and the Woodland Trust is keen to share it. See what’s on at www.visitwoods.org.uk.
A few more ideas:
January 3 – Ramsgate Blitz Walks, Kent; Jan. 10 – Burning of the Clavie, Burghead, Moray; Jan. 15 – 17 -Straw Bear Festival, Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire; Jan. 14 – 31 – Celtic Connections Music Festival, Glasgow; Jan. 23 – Battle of Nantwich and Winter Fair; Jan. 30-31–Hampshire Potato Days, Whitchurch; February 5 – 9–Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians, Swansea; Feb. 8 – Hurling the Silver Ball, St. Ives, Cornwall; Feb. 15-19 – The Fairytale Castle, Dover; Feb. 16 – 20 – Discover with Darwin, Downe, Kent…and Feb. 19 – 21 – Yorkshire’s Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb See more events
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There is so much to do and so many places to visit. And it’s so easy to find great places to stay in them. Use our brochure of bed and breakfast accommodation – The Little Green Book.
The more than 500 B&Bs, and cottages have been specially selected and inspected and provide high quality accommodation. They range from country cottages to town houses, manor houses to farm houses – all offering a warm welcome and good value. The hosts are all keen to promote their part of the country and suggest trips out and how best to get there.
See www.holidaycottagesnationwide.co.uk for self-catering.