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Some of these rambling trails have been untouched and are waiting to be explored. It was a tough job to narrow down some of the most spectacular trails in the Lake District. These landscapes include vast exposure to hills, meadows, copious woodlands, lakes and various other beautiful scenic views. They are home to several native birds and animals that can be found scurrying away through breathtaking forests.
Here are the top best trails in the North of England especially in the Lake District:
Borger Dalr, Borrowdale
You can experience some amazing and magnificent views standing on the Castle Crag, which was a hill fort some 2,000 years ago. It has been described as the ‘finest square mile in Lakeland’ and there is no doubt in that. You can stop and take a rest or enjoy a serene picnic on Peace How, which is a small summit where soldiers returning from horrific war front line could find some peace and tranquillity.
Corpse Road, Loweswater
As the name suggests it has a morbid fascination. You might find yourself walking alone along the gloomy road only to discover you aren’t actually alone. You can almost feel the mysterious steps of numerous people who have left before you, walking the same path as you do to carry their dead from single communities to their ultimate resting places. Apart from its melancholic presence, it is home to some beautiful lakes that are surrounded by woodlands and a number of red squirrels. It is best to admire the landscape after a rainfall because sites such as Holme Force Falls are at their best on a rainy day.
Coniston & Gondola
In the vast landscape of Lake District that is covered by tarns, water and meres you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to explore all this by taking a boat ride. The Steam Yacht Gondola was introduced in 1859 and then revamped by the National Trust in 1980. You can also discover the several bounties of Coniston and it is referred as a walkers’ paradise with several hikers trying to reach the summit of the Old man. For those who have a true love for food, try out the Yew Tree Farm as it sells some scrumptious farm-bred Herdwick and Belted Galloway organic meat.
Greendale and Middle Fell, Western Fells
Looking to add some adventure to your hiking trips then you need to head west. This part of the Lake District remains undiscovered, as you will find very little presence of hikers. The reason being it is perceived as inaccessible and therefore boasts unspoilt, natural beauties, which if taken the extra mile can be enjoyed at great, extend as compared to other heartlands of the Lake. You can experience an impeccable and exceptional treat as you explore the valleys between the beautiful Wasdale and timeless Roman history of Eskdale. If you looking for a resting spot to enjoy a tranquil picnic then opt for Greendale Tarn as it is situated deep inside the woodlands and its stream looks as if it’s flowing in the wrong way.
Everybody loves a little holiday, whether it is sitting and sunning yourself on your own private island or just catching up with your new book in your own back garden. We spend so much of our lives working on our careers, helping our family, participating in charity and running our households that when we finally do get a few weeks to ourselves, we often don’t know what to do with it. We spend hours stressing about budget, about whether or not we have the right medication, about checking if our flights are on time, but it is all worth it in the end.
So why not make a little investment on top of your annual holiday leave? If there is a location you love to return to every year, why not buy a small holiday home and rent it out during the summer? The world is full of fantastic holiday destinations that make great investments when it comes to holiday rentals, plus this will give you extra spending money for when you decide to take your own holiday!
We’ll have a look at the world’s top 5 holiday destinations for holiday rentals.
Although considered relatively new as a family holiday destination, Turkey is an undiscovered wonder with a lot to offer in terms of all round, holiday fun. With a huge range of sunny beaches and gorgeous coastline, Turkey offers air conditioned holiday homes which make enjoying the sun all the better when you’ve got a cooled cabin to return home to.
Turkey is also great for holiday-makers who like to learn about the country they’re visiting, with the domes and minarets of Istanbul and a beautiful boat cruise perfectly suited for tourists, as it takes you along the Mediterranean coast-line.
Well known as Southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destination, Thailand is not for those who prefer cooler climes! Browse through the beautiful beaches of Phuket or search out a cooling splash in one of the country’s numerous natural waterfalls.
Thailand is also home to a number of huge national parks, with your choice of a tropical rainforest adventure or a deep jungle rescue mission making it fun for all the family. While a bit of a stretch to get there, Thailand is certainly iconic in its classical beauty and has something available for everyone.
For holiday-goers who often have a bit of trouble learning the language, perhaps the USA is good for you. With tourist attractions, national land-marks and even food that is larger than life, you’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped into a fairy tale while holiday in the USA!
The USA also has a wide array of natural wonders, making it great for any true explorer and making it a worthwhile investment for those looking at purchasing a property for holiday rentals. America has something for everybody all year round.
An ideal holiday destination for those who are a little less fond of the sun. 75% covered in rocky mountains, Austria is the perfect holiday for winter sports. Take the family to learn and entire new ball game in skiing and snowboarding, or spend your afternoons soaking in a hot tub while the snow falls outside.
Austria also has some breathtaking architecture in its medieval-like cities. Or if you’re a big fan of classical music, why not tick another goal off your bucket list and visit the birthplace of Mozart in Salzburg?
With a number of inexpensive holiday villas that stretch from small cottages to large country mansions, Spain is quickly becoming the holiday rent central of the modern world. Kit your new villa out with a stylish pool making it perfect for family rentals, or choose a small secluded villa by the beach for a hot honeymoon getaway.
Spain also has a number of activities available for holidaymakers including sailing, banana boating and scuba diving for those who can’t get enough of the ocean.
Whethere you’re a fan of the attitude down under, you love the sunny spells that the USA has to offer or you love the exotic nature of Turkey, there is something suitable for everyone. Why not share your love for the country by renting it out to other holiday-makers for a price? This way, everyone wins!
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The Summer has been full of sun and pleasantly warm weather so far in the UK, which can be frustrating for all those holiday-makers who have spent months and months saving up for a two week holiday to the Bahamas. However for those of us who prefer to spend a long weekend away, travelling across our own country might seem a little more attractive than hopping on a plane for 6 hours to spend our holidays on some faraway beach.
The UK has a number of beautiful beaches that have looked a little neglected over the years because of drizzly springs and disappointing summers. However with the recent good weather looking like it is here to stay, at least for the next few months, we’ll take a look with the help of The Coach Transport Group at five fantastic beaches you can easily find, here in the UK.
Wells Next the Sea – Norfolk
A gorgeous stretch of sand and sea, Wells beach is impressive both when the tide is in and the tide is out. Great for families or for elderly couples looking for a relaxing sea walk, Wells beach provides a slice of complete peace in its simplicity. Small pools are created when the tide is out and host a number of small wildlife, from fishes to crabs and even a lobster here or there.
As there are specific rules on Wells beach with regards to cleanliness, dogs and barbecues, the beach is well kept and good for visitors of all ages. Dog owners are encouraged to clear up any mess and there is an area of the beach that is kept dog free for holidaymakers to dig in the sand without fear of finding any mess. It provides a good balance of beach that is suitable for everybody.
Porthcurno – South Cornwall
Recommended for more experienced swimmers due to the steep shelving of the beach, Porthcurno is like a taste of the exotic right in Cornwall’s back hard. With beautiful soft sand and high cliffs on either side providing good shelter from the wind, this calming beach is great for a relaxing weekend by the sea.
There is a stream located near the top of the beach which is perfect for children, and a number of good facilities nearby for eating out and entertainment. Dogs are welcome at Porthcurno, with the exception of the period between May 1st and September 30th 8am – 7pm, as there is a seasonal dog ban in place.
Studland Bay – Dorset
With amazing views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight, Studland Bay offers four miles of beautiful sandy beach that is ideal for water sports. As one of the most popular naturist beaches in Britain, Studland Bay has something available for everyone, with natural wildlife present all round, sand dunes and woodland trails, wild flowers and birds and even all six species of reptile found in the British Isles.
The beach has great gentle waters, making it ideal for children and families, with designated barbecue areas meaning you can have fun and still enjoy the clean natural beauty the beach has to offer.
Rhossili Bay – Rhossili
Proudly names as one of the top 10 beaches in the world in 2013, Rhossili Beach in Gower is one of the top 3 beaches in Europe, with 3 miles of beautiful sandy beaches and gorgeous views of both the sea and Worm’s Head. Accessed via steps from the village of Rhossili, it is a hidden gem of the UK and is also a dog friendly beach.
For those seafaring explorers, you can watch out for a number of shipwrecks below the waterline, or for trail lovers there are a number of walks with maps available. The climb down and back up from the beach may be steep, but the experience is worth it.
Sandbanks – Poole
With gorgeous golden sand, clean safe water and a first aid post nearby, Sandbanks is a great beach for young children. Offering a number of facilities on the promenade including showers, ice cream and hot dog stands, Sandbanks has everything you could want for a classic day out at the beach.
For the older kids there is a wide selection of watersports available, or for something a little more relaxing, why not try out the mini-golf range with the family?
Whether you prefer to stay at home at the weekend and soak up the sun in your garden, or if you’re aching to get to a beach, any beach, make sure you make the most of the good weather while it lasts! With so many gorgeous beaches located throughout the UK, you might not have to book a flight and hotel after all! Why not try it this weekend?
Taking a well-earned holiday feels great when there is little to no planning involved. Just packing up, grabbing your passport and going has some sort of casual adventure feel to it and it can be liberating, particularly when so often we are stuck worrying about day to day issues in our day to day lives. The EuroStar allows us that freedom, as we can easily book a train to beautiful France and stay there for a few days, our relatives none the wiser.
The South of France is a beautiful region to stay and enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation, away from the worries of the modern world. Here, Mike from South France Holiday Villas takes a look at some of Southern France’s most beautiful cities and villages – whether you’re looking for sun sand and sea, or a nice cosy villa where you can curl up in a big armchair with a nice book to read.
A beautiful beach town, Carcassonne is only 15 miles away from the Spanish border and enjoys all of its good weather throughout the summer months. With a quiet sheltered bay and calming waters, this is ideal for those lazy days relaxing by the beach, or to take the little ones to play in the sea. With apartments and villas available throughout Carcassonne, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to stay in this idyllic location.
With a stunning selection of beaches, although you’ll be hard pressed to find a spare spot of sand, the Cote d’Azur is an incredibly popular holiday destination with around 5 million tourists going there every year. The Cote d’Azur offers views of its impressive yachts from the harbour and its golden beaches leave little to be desired when it comes to relaxing on the sand. A true paradise in the heart of Europe.
Taking a step away from the coast we now look at the gorgeous town of Montpellier, which is frozen in time with its fine museums, tramway network and old centre that is almost quaint when compared to the hustle and bustle of Paris. However it also has a booming business sector with state-of-the-art modern buildings that provide a cool juxtaposition to the rest of the town.
This sweet village is now a designated UNESCO world heritage site, surrounded by beautiful French countryside and known for being one of the prettiest villages in all of France. Great for avid walkers and cyclists as there are walks near the Cirque de Navacelles and along the banks of the Gorge de l’Herault that are to die for.
Les Gorges du Verdon
Not a city of a village, but still a site of incredible beauty, the Gorges du Verdon is a river canyon that is widely considered as one of Europe’s most beautiful natural river canyons. 700 metres deep and 15 miles long, it offers stunning views of the surrounding area and makes for a great picture shot, plus with a hotel available right on its lip you can enjoy the beautiful views right from your bedroom window.
Whether you want to cycle across the well-worn paths of Southern France, or you quite fancy a dip in the sea following a long sunbathing session at the Beach, France has something to offer for everyone. Plus as it is so close to the UK, all you need to do is book a hotel for the weekend and hop on the EuroStar and you’re halfway there! If you fancy it, you could even make a full holiday of the event and travel throughout the North of France as well, sampling the wonderful cities and hotels of Northern France, to finish off with a lovely weekend of relaxing at the sunny villas of Southern France. Tres Bien!
Nancy is a must for any art and architecture lovers as it has a wonderful collection of art nouveau buildings around the old town. It has long been recognised as a city of culture and academia and it was here that the famous glass designer Emile Galle established the “Ecole de Nancy” that flourished during the Art Nouveau period.
There are also many fine examples of buildings from the 18th century in Nancy, the oldest being the cathedral. There is also the Arch of Triumph and the Palace de la Carriere. Nancy also has some luscious green spaces, with the Jardin Botanique du Montet and the Jardin Dominique Alexandre Godron being two particularly fine examples.
Nancy is best explored on foot but with so many fascinating buildings to see it is essential that you wear comfortable footwear. You would be well advised to break in your footwear gradually – you can choose a pair of walking shoes and order them online at Cotswold Outdoors which has an extewnsive range of walking clothing, footwear and equipment.
Nancy’s cultural contributions can be found in the Musee de l’Ecole de Nancy, the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy and the Lorraine History Museum. All have fine collections of work down the ages with the Musee de l’Ecole exhibiting a marvellous collection of the works of Galle, Louis Majorelle and the Daum brothers, they also have Renaissance paintings by Perugino, Tintoretto, the impressionists Manet and Monet and modern works by Picasso and Modigliani.
Art Nouveau in Nancy
Due to the overwhelming influence of the Ecole de Nancy and its designers the Art Nouveau curves and stylised flowers are to be found throughout the city. They appear in the facades of buildings, decorating shelves in shops, on lampposts and railings. Everywhere you look you will see the imprint of the art schools hand.
This gives Nancy a fairytale; playful feel to it and you can’t help but enjoy a simple walk around the town glimpsing the artistic flourishes at every turn. The Chambre du Commerce et Industrie in Rue Henri Poincare has marvellous Gruber stained glass windows and Majorelle ironwork. The Banque du Credit Lyonnias on Rue St Georges is equally as beguiling.
Even apartment blocks are elaborately decorated in the manner, with Lang House, Bergeret House and the France-Lanord Apartments particularly gorgeous examples. The interior of the Brasserie Excelsior is a wonderful explosion of Art Nouveau with glass, plaster and ironwork throughou
Along with the array of Art Nouveau attractions in Nancy there is also the baroque Stanislav Palace, with its pleasant gardens and fountains, the natural wonders of the Aquarium Museum.
I have laid foot in hilly cities before, but I have never once visited a location which seems as though it was crafted from the landscape itself. But if I were to pick one location where the buildings and the history should be so in tune with the rolling vistas which surround the town, I can think of few more suitable and few more seductive backdrops than the ground on which Edinburgh was built.
I had decided to book myself into a self-catered accommodation, to all the more easily take a taste of what the city had to offer. Every step I took further out into the city after arriving, I could feel the constant presence of one particular feature. Everywhere I went, I knew that the castle was there. Even when I could no longer see the shape, the silhouette of it rising up into the sky, I knew it was there. It ducked behind buildings and wrapped itself up in that gossamer mist which suits the city so well and it is impossible to think of the area without picturing this castle crowning the landscape.
Without any of the history, it would still be an architectural marvel and I can think of few buildings which so elegantly seem like an extension of the very ground on which they are built.
Rising up from the rock – once you are stood on the castle battlements – you open yourself up to the entirety of the scenery on offer. My eye was immediately drawn towards the sloped greenery of Arthur’s Seat. Beyond the cathedral spires, the rooftops and the chimneys, the natural power of the formation was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design”, and it is exactly that. An imposing, enticing view which watches over the city, offering a glimpse into the area before the city rose up. Whilst the castle might claim to be the heart of the city, Arthur’s Seat offers a breath-taking backdrop which only serves to emphasise the nature of the Scottish landscape from which the city was born.
From the tip of the city, I decided to go a little deeper. Walking through the Gothic fineries of Old Town, even this attempt to formalise and control the Scottish scenery is still unique. The buildings rise up, the roads slope down; the paving slabs meet the cobbled roads and every single piece feels like it would weather a thousand centuries. The enduring nature of the architecture is unlike the delicacy of Parisian design or the dilapidated finery of Rome’s empire-designed wonders. Instead, Old Town offers not only a chance to enjoy some of the finest shopping available in the city, but to bear witness to some of Edinburgh’s most finely designed buildings.
Prince’s Street Gardens
I finished my personal walk around the city with a stroll through the Prince’s Street Gardens. After the powerful and natural experience of the rest of the city, this was almost a silent moment. The cultivated craft of the landscaping contrasted with the rising might of the castle above. But there was a stillness and a calm beauty. At the same time, there was a similar sense of the Scottish landscape being echoed in the wildlife and the plants; this moment of serenity surrounded by the engrossing scenery of Scotland’s most striking city.