The Sweeping Majesty of the Dartmoor National Park
The West Country is one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, and it’s easy to see why. Rolling fields and hills dotted with coppices and forests, beautiful river valleys, plus a stunning coastline. It’s little wonder that many Brits flood here year after year to enjoy the best UK country holidays.
When you visit the West Country, and the country of Devon in particular, on your countryside UK holiday, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do. The majesty and wilderness of Dartmoor National Park, the sheltered wooded valley of Langstone Manor Park, and the Tamar Trails combine to make a wonderful attraction for families who love the outdoors. Explore the Trails via its network of delightful woodland trails on foot or by bike. There are plenty of activities to enjoy, and you can take a break and relax in the Tamar Trails Centre with its souvenir shop and café.
The best UK countryside holidays wouldn’t be complete without somewhere special to eat. With the renowned restaurant at the 4-star luxury country manor house restaurant, the Horn of Plenty, as well as fine style dining, you will be treated to some spectacular views of the nearby countryside.
There is no shortage of wonderful holiday accommodations courtesy of the many Belvilla detached cottages and holiday homes in nearby Tavistock.
The Peace and Tranquillity of the Welsh County of Ceredigion
If it’s a mixture of coast and countryside you’re after, the Welsh county of Ceredigion is one of the top UK countryside destinations you could wish for. Although, it may not suit some people. It’s relatively sparsely populated, and you won’t find any funfairs along its coastline. But what you will find are beautiful little coves and gorgeously quiet countryside — perfect as one of the less busy, more peaceful UK countryside holiday destinations.
When in Rome, do as the Romans, and when in Ceredigion, you can buy your provision where the locals do — in the beautiful surroundings of rural towns like Cenarth, Llandysul, Lampeter, and Tregaron. You’ll also find some fascinating galleries housing the works of many local artists.
Along the coast are fishing towns and villages, like Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, and New Quay. In the north, skirting Aberystwyth and Borth, are some amazing stretches of sandy beach, and out to sea, you are almost sure to be able to spot the local dolphin and porpoise population frolicking amongst the waves. It all makes for a great UK countryside holiday with family.
You don’t have to worry about accommodation, either. You’ll find some super Belvilla holiday homes to rent in the area.
The Yorkshire Dales in God’s Own County
When talking about the best UK country holidays, you cannot leave out Yorkshire — God’s own county as the locals call it, and with good reason too — it’s spectacularly beautiful, especially the Yorkshire Dales.
This is Bronte country, and if you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the wilderness of the moor, which will whisk you straight to scenes from Wuthering Heights. For steam train enthusiasts, take a step back in time on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway, which includes a stop at Oakworth — part of the classic movie, the Railway Children, was filmed. And don’t forget the panoramic scenery of the Pennine Bridleway.
There is not only the awesomeness of the Dales and the rugged Yorkshire coast to enjoy but a little to the north is that other jewel of the British countryside — the Lake district. These two areas provide the ideal backdrops for the very best UK countryside holidays.
To find the ideal base for your explorations, choose from one of the stunning Belvilla holiday homes available in the region.