Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean we can’t still have some wonderful getaways in the UK. Autumn and winter bring their own special elements to a break away and as long as you choose wisely you’ll have brilliant time.
Whether you are beach lover or are at one in the countryside there is something for you in our beautiful country and we’ve picked the best autumn/winter 2018 UK destinations for you right here.
Glamping - Yorkshire
Unless you’re a hardened camper you’ll probably want to give pitching a tent a miss, the nights are very cold to be sleeping under cloth now, but that doesn’t rule out glamping. We love glamping because you have all of the benefits of camping; the sense of being out in the elements, the adventure and of course the beautiful countryside at great prices, without the frostbite!
Glamping in Yorkshire is just divine because of the stunning countryside in the area. Whether it's the North Yorkshire coast, the Yorkshire Moors or simply the vast open countryside that fills the rest of the county, you just can't escape the natural beauty here. Whether you want a tipi, yurt, bell tent, shepherd's hut or gypsy caravan there are options all over Yorkshire and they won’t break the bank so that you can spend your money on enjoying yourself while you are there.
Yorkshire is lucky to have four of Britain's finest National Trails which make for great days out walking.
Choose from The Cleveland Way which roller-coasts around the North York Moors, The Yorkshire Wolds Way that rambles through peaceful fields or if you fancy pushing yourself then head for the Pennine Way which strides through the Yorkshire Dales on its mammoth journey from the Peak District to Scotland.
Yorkshire also has many a friendly pub so when you’ve walked your day away head for some lovely food, a well deserved drink and nestle in for the night with the friendly locals.
Pack your wellies and Barber jackets and head for the Cotswolds, a simply beautiful part of the country home to chocolate box villages, English countryside at its finest and many gorgeous towns and villages to stay in.
Walking in the Costwolds is a delight with forest rambles, hill climbs with magnificent views and strolld by the river.
The Costwolds do pubs and hotels very well, so after a long day out you simply must visit the abundance of cosy English pubs or fancy bars and restaurants and get out of the cold for the evening.
A particular favourite of ours are walks on Cleeve Hill in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire where you’ll get incredible views in all directions, if you are an early bird head up for sunrise or leave it until a little later and watch the sun go down from this stunning vantage point.
On your way back down the hill stop by The Rising Sun for a drink in their garden which has one of the best sunset views in the area.
The Lake District
To be honest, there isn’t a bad time to visit The Lake District, its outstanding natural beauty has something to offer at all times of the year.
During autumn months the landscape comes alive with autumn colours, forests turn from green to shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown and you will find bright red toadstools, hedgerows are dotted with purple blackberries, red rosehips, and yellow crab apples, its really quite special.
During the more bleak winter months the countryside transforms with snow and frost and looks rather magical.
During these months walking to higher ground can be a little more dangerous and you must always keep an ear out for weather forecasts and chat to other people to hear the latest news on whats safe and whats not, but there are plenty of lakeside strolls that can be undertaken whatever the weather.
If you can prise yourself out of bed then do get up to early to see the low-level fog hanging over the lakes that look spectacularly beautiful on a clear and sunny morning.
Pick from many lovely places to eat, drink and stay, for all budgets.
It might not be the weather for lazy sun-drenched beach days but that doesn’t mean that Cornwall isn’t a good spot to visit in the autumn/winter months.
Crowds of people will have dwindled, prices will have dropped and you’ll still have all of that beautiful Cornish countryside at your fingertips.
Wrap up warm and stroll the beautiful beaches and cliff-top walks, have cream teas at one of the many gorgeous tea shops or nestle into a lovely pub for a cosy afternoon in-front of a log fire and a nice glass of wine.
The midwinter solstice is a big deal down in Cornwall, there is a festival spanning six days dedicated in its honour. Montol Festival takes place at various venues around Penzance and celebrates Cornish traditions with the likes of lantern making workshops and storytelling, and the main event happens on Montol Eve, 21 December where there’s dancing in special costumes and the lighting of fire beacons. If you can time your trip with this then you’ll have a lovely festive time whilst you’re there.