With the sun out and the summer holidays about to begin, we look at some of Britain’s hidden gems where you can avoid the crowds and still see some of the best of British.
Cheddar Gorge, Sommerset
The limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills is one of the England’s best kept secrets. The gorge is home to the Cheddar show caves, where Britain’s oldest skeleton was found in 1903 (it was estimated to be 9,000 years old).
In 2005, the gorge was voted as Britain’s second greatest natural wonder by a poll of Radio Times readers.
The Iron Bridge, in the town of Ironbridge, was the first ever arch bridge in the world to be made from cast iron. Crossing the River Severn, it is now classed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and attracts visitors from across the UK.
The roads around Ironbridge also attract large numbers of motorcyclists to the region, with the attraction being featured by Carole Nash as part of one of their Routes to Ride.
Snaefell Mountain Railway, Isle of Man
Lying in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is perhaps one of the most overlooked ‘staycation’ destinations, which is a huge shame.
The Snaefell Mountain Railway is an electric railway that reaches up to 2,034 feet above sea level and, on a clear day, is the only place in the world where people can see Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland from one place.
White Sands Beach, Pembrokeshire
For unspoilt sandy beaches, White Sands Beach in Pembrokeshire is extremely popular. Close to the UK’s smallest city, St David’s, the beach is overlooked by the imposing craggy hill of Carn Llidi.
Whilst the beach is not quite as well-known as larger seaside resort, it does get comparatively busy in the summer months so get there early.
Sark, Channel Islands
For a complete change of pace, consider Sark in the Channel Islands. No cars, no street lamps and no noise – Sark is perfect for those looking to get away from their busy lifestyles. There are plenty of great beach walks and some well renowned restaurants, offering both British and French cuisine.