Lockdown has put the brakes on holidays abroad for summer 2020.
Although restrictions around travel have loosened somewhat, it will likely be quite some time before everything goes back to normal (and you can travel without having to self-isolate on arrival).
Not to fret, Britain is full of hidden gems that you can spend the next few months exploring.
From stunning waterfalls in the north east to white sandy beaches in Scotland, here are eight of the best beauty spots that you can enjoy on UK soil.
Lundy island, Devon
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In Devon County’s Bristol Channel, you’ll find Lundy island.
Renowned for its mind-blowing views, this landmark is owned by the Natural Trust.
You can do a day trip and go climbing (the Devil’s Slide is a big hit with climbers) diving and fishing, or just walk along the three-mile long island and enjoy its beauty.
However, do note that Lundy is currently closed for visitors until 16 June.
Isle of Harris & Lewis, Scotland
Don’t let the name fool you – this is indeed one island, but with two parts.
There’s a wide mix of terrain to survey, from mountains to hills, white sandy beaches to moorlands and meadows.
Or just choose a nice spot got a tan and a swim in the glistening waters.
It might look like Scotland, but pour yourself a Sangria and it’ll feel like Spain.
At the time of writing, tourists are asked not to travel the island due to the pandemic – but hopefully, this will change over the coming weeks.
Windermere, The Lake District, Cumbria
If you’re after a remote place where you can relax and just enjoy the calmness of life, visit Windermere in the Lake District (the one in Cumbria, not Italy).
It’s the largest natural lake in England, at 10.5miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep – with multiple rivers running into it.
Boat fans will enjoy the Windermere Jetty Museum and we also recommend a stop at the National Trust Wray Castle, when it reopens (currently closed due to Covid-19).
And of course, you need to take a walk along Windermere Way, a circular route that takes you around the lake.
Shut out the world and just listen to the water.
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
After palm trees and glorious beaches?
Forget Los Angeles, Mallorca and your usual sunshine haunts – it’s all about Tenby, Wales, in 2020.
The harbour town has miles upon miles of pristine sandy beaches with palm trees swaying in the background.
For a special treat, head to Castle Beach, where you’ll find St Catherine’s Island, a Napoleonic fortress on a tidal island.
Stare at it from a distance or book a visit.
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Prefer hillsides and history to beach vacations?
Not a problem, grab your travel buddy and drive or walk around Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
The limestone gorge is also how to the Cheddar show caves, where Britain’s oldest skeleton – believed to be over 9,000 years old – was found back in 1903.
You can swing by during lockdown, but follow social distancing measures and check the website before you travel (just in case the specific activity you’re after is shut).
High Force, Forest-in-Teesdale, Durham
High Force is one of the most famous waterfalls in the UK, and rocks in the area estimate that it’s been around for over 300 million years.
The experience will leave you gawking at the beauty and strength of Mother Nature.
‘From its rise as a trickle, high on the heather-covered fells at the top of the North Pennines, to the top of the whin sill rock at Forest-in-Teesdale, the River Tees steadily grows and gathers pace, then it suddenly and spectacularly drops 21 metres into the plunge pool below,’ the website for the waterfall described it.
The waterfall is open year-round, but you’ll need to buy a ticket to gain access – it’s super affordable at £2 for adults, £1 for kids.
Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea, Wales
In the day, walk along the seemingly endless coastline and admire the view, before getting cosy at the campsite.
Come for the day or stay overnight – either way, you’ll be blown away by the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay.
If you’re planning to bring your dog, note that around half of the beaches in Swansea Bay are dog-free, so do your research first (does not apply to guide dogs).
For an activity beyond hanging out on the beach, swing by nearby Pennard Castle.
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