Summer would be the highlight of the year: you’d boarding a plane to Moscow, a train to China or packing for a cruise holiday. Not this Summer though! 2020 will be forever remembered for the virtual travel from the comfort of your own sofa. But, really, how many times you can scroll online around Louvre... Watch a Rome city tour on youtube or, if you are lucky enough to own a VR headset, to skydive in Switzerland in virtual reality! You’ve run out of Netflix series to watch and it is time to start feeding your travel bug...before it goes extinct.
It may sound surprising but we bet you do not REALLY know your own country yet!
Yes, you may have travelled far and wide across the UK but there are still plenty of little gems just waiting to be discovered. Here we present a perfect little itinerary around the South-East England that you would be crazy to miss.
New Forest National Park
You wish you travelled the famous Route 66 in the US? We guarantee you’ll be amazed what you can see simply driving from London to Dorset! Pop in to the New Forest National Park that covers an area of 566 square km. The park is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt heathland, woodland, and river valleys. See the clear tranquil rivers, shady groves, deer, ponies and cattle that continue roaming free and get spoiled by this car-free haven for walking, cycling and horse riding!
The Beaulieu Estate has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over four centuries. In 1952, Lord Montagu opened the Palace House and Gardens to the public for the first time – making Beaulieu among the first 'stately homes' to admit visitors. Today, the estate is one of the leading visitor attractions in the UK! Beaulieu also hosts the first dedicated Soviet Russian art gallery in the UK- Art Russe Gallery. A must for the those looking to follow Russian footprint in the UK.
If you haven’t been there yet, there is no time to lose! With almost 300 vehicles on exhibition from 26 countries it is the largest collection of tanks and the third largest collection of armoured vehicles in the world. It includes Tiger 131, the only working example of a German Tiger I tank, and a British First World War Mark I, the world's oldest surviving combat tank...and for those fascinated with the Russian history, we recommend checking out the amazing beast of a T34 in the WW2 exhibition!
The Jurassic Coast
Glimpse the 185 Million Years of History on a Jurassic Coast walk: pop in to see the only swans in the country that do not belong to the Queen at the Abbotsbury Swannery. The Jurassic Coast itself stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of about 96 miles and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in mid-December 2001; it is still England’s only natural Heritage site. Explore it in full and find out what makes this place so special.
If you are missing the Italian Riviera this Summer, make sure to pop in to Torquay! Known for beaches such as Babbacombe and cliffside Oddicombe, its coastline is nicknamed the English Riviera and will for sure quench your thirst for the overseas travel!
Next on your itinerary: Cornwall! Known for Cornish pasty and exceptional landscapes, a perfect combination of history, culture and natural beauty. Make sure to visit the unique ecological park, the Eden Project; an educational charity that connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.
St Michael’s Mount
With an abundance of astounding landscapes, towns and nature it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few places that must be seen on your route! However we do know the St Michael’s Mount cannot be missed – why travel all the way to France to see a tidal island with an amazing castle and gardens!?
If you are seriously longing for a classic beach holiday with great surfing locations...stop at Newquay and discover some of Cornwall’s finest beaches! Located on Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast, the town has previously been voted as “One of the Nation's Favourite Seaside Towns”, “Best Family Holiday Destination” by readers of COAST magazine, and recently won Gold for “Best Seaside Towns for Families 2019” by Days Out with the Kids.
Dartmoor National Park
With gloomy sights, Dartmoor, has always been the object of myths and legends, and some of them are quite ominous. Local swamps are considered to be home for the mischievous pixies. Moreover, the headless horseman and a bunch of ghostly hounds appeared in the swamps a couple of times. Among the much more friendly animals in the wastelands of Dartmoor, you can find wildly grazing Dartmoor ponies - the oldest race of ponies in the United Kingdom.
Travelling from Lewtrenchard to Bath, explore one of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks...the Cheddar Gorge. With its awe-inspiring cliffs, extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves, and the Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be 9,000 years old...both history and nature lovers will not be disappointed.
And try the cheese...it’s awesome!
Our road trip draws to an end with a visit to Bath, the largest city in the county of Somerset, known for and named after its Roman-built baths. See the stone lace ceiling of the Bath Abbey, walk across the Pulteney Bridge, pop in to Sally Lunn’s for a delicious bun...
With a myriad of things to re-discover in the UK, you’ll probably wonder why you did want to travel abroad in the first place!
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