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Summer might be coming to an end, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a relaxing holiday close to home on British shores. A September or October getaway can offer massive doses of breath-taking scenery, enhanced by rich autumnal colours, while delving into the country’s cultural and heritage delights. After all that has happened in 2020 so far, there’s still time to book a hire car and set off on an adventure to explore another corner of Britain. Here are a few late summer and early autumn staycation destinations you might want to consider…
If striking autumnal colours and breath-taking scenery are your thing, head to the shores of Scotland’s Loch Lomond. It shouldn’t be as busy as during peak summer season, allowing you to take in what the magnificent landscape has to offer – from admiring the views aboard a loch cruise to exploring the woodlands on foot or via two wheels. Keep your eyes peeled for otters near the shores and golden eagles overhead, while early autumn is rutting season for the region’s red deer too, although you’ll want to keep your distance while enjoying the spectacle!
Loch Lomond, Scotland
Another top spot for a late summer staycation, the quaint chocolate-box villages and market towns of the Cotswolds could provide just the escape you need. The rich autumn leaves contrast beautifully with the honey-coloured stone cottages in an area packed with sweeping hills and country houses. With more than 3,000 miles of footpaths and trails to explore, grab your hiking boots and go for a wander, before sampling the best of the harvest in one of the Cotswolds’ many cosy country pubs.
Much like the Cotswolds, the New Forest is transformed when autumn approaches, from lush greens and vast growth to an abundance of rich colours. From wild ponies prancing across the landscape to venturing out to Hurst Castle on the coast for awe-inspiring views across to the Isle of Wight, the region is great for romantic breaks, spa trips and for being at one with nature. Of course, you could always hop on a ferry from Lymington to the Isle of Wight for a day or two if you want to wander its many golden beaches and gaze out towards the Needles, one of Britain’s striking natural wonders. You’ll also find Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest National Park, and in addition to its renowned collection of motor vehicles is a spectacular palace house, the remains of a vast medieval abbey and acres of pristine gardens to explore.
The New Forest
From watching migrating birds overhead to seeing autumnal colours in all their glory, a visit to the Broads offers ample opportunity to relax and take in the surroundings. Clamber aboard the North Norfolk Railway to explore the countryside around the picturesque villages of Cromer and Sheringham, look out for the seals in the coastal waters around Horsey or base yourself in the seaside resort of Great Yarmouth that has entertainment for all the family – from its pleasure beach and Sea Life Centre to an abundance of eateries and bars.
Loch Lomond, Scotland
With 186 miles of coastline and an abundance of wildlife and long expanses of sand, Pembrokeshire has all you need for enjoying some time outdoors. There’s plenty of opportunities to try out a range of watersports, including sailing, kitesurfing and kayaking, as well as an abundance of cosy pubs to rest and relax in. The islands of Skomer and Calder are home to numerous species of birds to spot, while the remote Barafundle Bay, accessible only via the coastal path, is one of many hidden gems along this beautiful stretch of coast. Then there’s Britain’s smallest city of St Davids to explore, or perhaps you’ll want to discover why the picture-postcard town of Tenby was renowned as a health resort during the Victorian era.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
If you are planning to get out and explore Britain as part of a late summer staycation this year, hiring a car could give you even more flexibility to discover something new. Opting to add car hire excess insurance could provide peace of mind for the duration of your trip too, as it’ll cover the excess you’d need to pay should anything happen to the hire car (subject to terms and conditions). The days might be getting shorter as summer draws to a close, but don’t let that stop you from discovering the many gems that Britain has to offer.
Date Created: 01/09/2020