Now that the UK is starting to head out of lockdown, the chance for a change of scenery is very welcome.
Under the updated government guidelines released on 10th May, we can now spend more time outdoors, as long as we only travel with those within our own households and continue to observe social distancing rules, of course. That said, we should continue to stay close to home for the time being, so that popular tourist spots don’t become overly crowded.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t start to think about where we might like to visit once it’s safer to do so.
Where could I drive to once lockdown is lifted?
We’ve gathered some of our favourite UK hidden gems below, to help inspire you. Why not plan a day trip to your nearest one for when lockdown is lifted?
Scale Force Waterfall, The Lake District, Cumbria
The tallest waterfall in the stunning Lake District, Scale Force plummets down 170 metres into a dramatic tree-lined gorge. You can reach the waterfall by way of a bracing 2.5 mile round trip, taking in spectacular views of neighbouring National Trust lakes Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Crosby Beach, Merseyside
Just six miles from central Liverpool yet feeling like a world away, is Crosby Beach, a wide stretch of sandy coastline perfect for a bracing stroll with views of the Wirral and North Wales.
What really sets this beach apart though is that its home to ‘Another Place’ – an amazing permanent art installation by British artist Anthony Gormly. One hundred life-sized iron figures stand along the shoreline, becoming partially submerged again and again with the flow of the tide. You have to see it to believe it!
Exmoor National Park, Somerset and Devon
Take a walk through rolling open moorland in Exmoor National Park, or take the beautifully scenic ‘21 Mile Drive’, a figure of eight route from Lynmouth.
Look out for the Exmoor ponies, red deer and a wonderful variety of British butterflies.
West Woods, Wiltshire
These ancient and magical woodlands are a sight to see and a treat for the senses at any time of year. Stroll amongst the beech trees, savour the peace and quiet or stop for a picnic at one of the tables dotted through the woods.
There are many walking trails through the West Woods, but check the availability of car parks before you travel, as some remain closed.
Dunnet Forest Nature Reserve, Caithness
A forest for adventurers! Packed with nature trails, a sculpture trail and mountain biking trails, Dunnet Forest is a wonderful place to explore.
With a two-mile arc of sandy beach, nearby Dunnet Bay is also well worth a visit.
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