Now is the winter of our contentment
Our islands are truly a winter wonderland. Lands of fabulous, frosty days kindlingvistas of stag-headed forests, gale-lashed beaches, cold-hearted mountains and weather-whipped moors, suddenly reborn by that low, searing winter sun.Get out there and marvel.
Motor through the gentle lanes of Devon, the Cotswolds, the Dales, the Borders and the soft centre of Ireland. Admire the wintry waterscapes of the Lake District, Lough Neagh, the Broads,Loch Lomond orLake Bala. Scan the rugged horizons of the Peaks, Dartmoor, Snowdonia, the Cairngormsor The Burren.
On December 31st, for Scotland read hogmanay. Take on New Year’s Eve with a passion at the world renowned Edinburgh Street Party. There’s also the Red Hot Highland Fling, at Inverness, the Stonehaven Fireballs and fire festivals across the country. Then it’s up, up and away to 2,000 feet up the mountain of AonachMor, aboard the UK’s only mountain gondola at Nevis Range, Fort William…stunning views as far as the Inner Hebrides. See www.visitscotland.com.
Tread some of England’s heritage trails this winter. There’s the beauty of the county’s ‘Wool Towns’ via the Suffolk Thread Trail; try to rouse a sleeping King Arthur and Merlin on Alderley Ledge; join the gruesome world of the Vikings in York; paint in the fascinating Victorian backcloth to Eastbourne; know about Nottingham with its heartwarming Light Night and see Norwich after walking a tunnel of 50,000 lights…the longest of its kind in Europe. See www.visitengland.com
Wonder at Wales’ waterfalls this winter. The country’s tallest, PistyllRhaeadr, in Powys, is higher than Niagara. Most of the cascades and forested, waterfall gorges have trails to follow to make the most of their fascinating stories…often highlighted by Mother Nature’s own ice sculptures. There’s a waterfall centre at Pontneddfechan. Then it’s underground, aboard a boat through King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Corris, or the cavernous cathedral of the National Showcaves Centre, Powys…and more. See www.visitwales.com.
Wander the Island of Ireland in winter. The Wild Atlantic Way is at its wildest with its headlands and havens, beaches and bays; The Ancient East wants you absorbed in its 5,000 years of history framed by the Shannon and the Irish Sea; The Causeway Coastal Route is a unique adventure through time; there’s a warm welcome to Dublin and Belfast with their amazing cosmopolitan culture and history and Northern Ireland is legend and history brought to life…brave the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Visit www.ireland.com.
It is so easy to find first-rate places to stay and enjoy the British and Irish way of life. Use our brochure of bed and breakfast accommodation – The Little Green Book – and websites www.bedandbreakfastnationwide.com for B&B homes and www.holidaycottagesnationwide.co.uk for self-catering.
All the B&Bs and cottages have been specially selected to ensure that they 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 fun days out and how best to get there.
Some more ideas…
8 – 10 Illuminated abbey, Hastings
14 Christmas tours, Walmer Castle, Deal
21 Burning the Clocks Parade, Brighton
1 – 18 Ice skating at the Eden Project
25 Burns’ Night throughout Scotland
25 – 27 Manchester Beer Festival
27 – 28 Potato Day, Whitchurch, Hampshire
27 – Feb 5 Snowdrop Valley, Exmoor
1 – 6 Abertawe Young Musician Festival
5 Hurling the Silver Ball, St Ives
9 – 25 North York Moors Dark Skies Festival
10 East Anglian Potato Day, Stowmarket
12 – 16 The Fairytale Castle, Dover
23 – 25 Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb
24 – Mar 4 Rye Bay Scallops Week
24 – Mar 4 Crickhowell Walking Festival
…and even more in our Days Out Diary
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