AD | As lockdown rules begin to relax, it’s starting to look like there might be light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, a lot of restrictions still apply but it’s such a relief to see signs of normality; no matter how small they may be. Previously banal events such as setting foot in Primark or booking a hair appointment now seem like small victories. It really is unbelievable how much I took for granted before March 2020.
Scotland is currently at level 3. As of today, non-essential shops, libraries, gyms and tourist accommodation are now open. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I can’t stop thinking about all the places I would love to visit later in the year. I’m not talking internationally (however I wouldn’t say no to a couple of weeks on a private island off the coast of Hawaii if anyone’s offering) but something close to home, safe, quiet, and beautiful. Perhaps a boutique hotel in the Trossachs, a seaside retreat in Cornwall, a cosy cottage hideaway in Devon, or a lodge in the Lake District, with a hot tub included of course.
I am so tired of staring at these four walls. During the pandemic, my home has been a safe haven and for that, I’m truly thankful but it’s also seen its fair share of tears and tantrums. I’ve been dreaming of a week-long getaway with my little girls for over a year and, thankfully, I don’t need to leave the UK to visit some wonderful attractions when it’s finally safe to travel…
When I think of Devon, I picture long walks on the beach, pretty seaside towns, farmer’s markets and cream teas. I’d also love to visit Dartmoor National Park. To find out what’s happening month to month you can view their events calendar here. This month you can enjoy a socially distant guided walk through Holyford Woods Nature Reserve, buy local produce at the Exeter Farmers Market and visit the pop-up beer garden situated in the beautiful grounds of Powerham Castle.
Beaches in Cornwall are renowned for their beauty and are a must-see for any tourist. I have had a few jotted down at the top of my list of attractions to visit, however, I would absolutely love to visit the Eden Project. It’s due to re-open May 17th, subject to the latest Government guidance. There will be timed entry tickets available to pre-book online. In the beautiful glass biome, you’ll find the biggest indoor rainforest in the wild containing over 1,000 varieties of plants and a canopy walkway, where you can walk among the treetops. Not to mention, the breath-taking outdoor gardens and Mediterranean-biome. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, there’s always the ariel trekking course or England’s longest and fastest zip wire.
When it comes to the Lake District, all I want to do is take Alfie and walk for miles. I long to completely lose myself in its beauty and take a break from technology, work, chores and noise. There lots of attractions to keep the little ones occupied too such as The Lake District Wildlife Park which has just reopened, as well as Alpacaly Ever After, an alpaca and llama sanctuary that allows you to go for guided walks accompanied by your very own furry friends. Sign me up! To check how the current coronavirus rules affect the Lake District National Park click click here.
No matter where you travel this year, it’s never been more important to keep yourself informed and safe about current travel restrictions. Please follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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