Six places for Peaceful Staycationsaround the UK
Many of us are happy enough with having a UK holiday this summer, but what if everyone is heading for the same popular places? Here are six less well known staycation destinations with wide wild countryside or long miles of beach where you can (probably) escape the madding crowd.
1. The Shotley Peninsula, Suffolk
One of Suffolk’s best kept secrets is the long, beach-fringed stretch of countryside between the Stour and Orwell rivers.
- What is there to see and do on the Shotley Peninsula? It’s the perfect area for walking, whether you prefer a couple of miles’ stroll through the National Trust’s Pin Mill woods or a hike along the long distance Stour and Orwell Path. Birdwatchers will be in paradise here; avocets, oystercatchers and other waders can regularly be seen along the edge of the estuaries and even rarities like wrynecks, storks and phalaropes have also been known to put in an appearance. Cycling and water sports are on offer at Alton Water, a huge reservoir near the village of Stutton.
- There are more ideas in our car-free guide to the Shotley peninsula.
- Where can I get something to eat? The idyllic Butt and Oyster pub in Chelmondiston village and the sprawling Suffolk Food Hall are good places to start.
- And where can I stay? There are plenty of options in Ipswich, including the new Pentahotel very near Ipswich railway station and close to the bus stop for buses to Shotley. It may not be the most idyllic location, but it’s handy, affordable and has views of the River Orwell. At the other end of the spectrum, if you want something really special, the Landmark Trust lets out Freston Tower, a six storey Tudor Folly on the banks of the Orwell. Buses stop at the Boot pub, a ten-minute walk away.
- So how do I get there? Bus 92 runs from Manningtree railway station to Ipswich railway station, stopping on the way at Stutton village (for Alton Water) and Wherstead (for the Suffolk Food Hall). There’s a flexi-bus to the village of Shotley at the far end of the peninsula and back again.
2. Malton, North Yorkshire
The city of York, the North York Moors and the coast near Whitby and Scarborough are all justifiably popular with tourists. The quiet beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds and Howardian Hills sometimes gets overlooked in the rush. Find yourself a base near the lovely market town of Malton and you’ll never go hungry.
- What is there to see and do around Malton? The inspiring gardens at Scampston and Castle Howard, the Yorkshire Arboretum and the rolling, wooded wolds are all a short bus ride from Malton. You could even use it as a base for scenic trips to York or the Yorkshire coast and exploring the sights along the Coastliner bus routes.
- Where can I get something to eat? There are cafés at Scampston and Castle Howard and all through the town. And Malton’s legendary Saturday market, of course.
- And where can I stay? There’s camping available in the actual grounds of Castle Howard. YHA Dalby Forest near Pickering has en-suite private rooms. It’s a 25-minute ride away on the Coastliner 840 bus route. From the Lane End bus stop, the hostel is just a short stroll.
- There are more ideas in our car-free guide to Malton.