Entering retirement brings about a wealth of opportunities; including having more time to embark on relaxing getaways. Picturing your ideal break away is nothing less than bliss – but knowing exactly where to go isn’t such an easy task. There are plenty of places around the country just waiting to be explored, so we thought we’d make the decision that little bit easier by listing some of the best locations to discover.
Often considered the most beautiful area in England, the Cotswolds is famous for its abundance of greenery and nature, and the distinctive honey-colouring of its building stone. Boasting countryside views that many can only dream of, the Cotswolds are home to endless scenic walking routes and picturesque sights, including the renowned Cotswold Way. A typical Cotswold town features quaint narrow streets bursting with character, and independent boutique shops offering unique collectibles. From Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds, to picturesque Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water, there are dozens of villages and towns to visit.
The former home of literary icon Beatrix Potter, the Lake District offers beautiful countryside vistas and, of course, its famous lakes, including the celebrated Lake Windermere. Taking a stroll along the shores of this remarkable stretch of water, the largest natural lake in England, is something to pop on the bucket list – as it’s arguably one of the UK’s most scenic yet tranquil locations. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Beatrix Potter’s former home, and explore the re-imagining of the adventures of Peter Rabbit.
Knowing whether it’s the jam or the cream that comes first on your scone is a real indicator of Britishness; but don’t let any trepidation on that front stop you from visiting the beautiful county of Cornwall. Located on the south coast, the scenic harbour villages that are dotted around provide the ideal location for a sunny break away from daily life. Indulge in as many cream teas as you like – and make sure to test the local fudges and ice creams.
Whilst you’re in Cornwall, be sure to visit Port Isaac – a quaint fishing village with scenic views. Lined with coastal walks and home to fishermen going about their daily activities, this is an experience to give you a taste of Cornish life gone by. St Ives is another beautiful location to visit, with a sandy beach that resembles a tropical country and tea rooms serving up yet more of those delicious Cornish scones.
If you’re someone who’s interested in observing some of the UK’s finest historical architecture, then a getaway to Bath is ideal for you. When heading there, a visit to the Roman Baths is a must – you’ll be taken back in time, experiencing a flavour of ancient Roman life first-hand. You’ll also have the opportunity to sit back and relax at the Thermae Bath Spa – a pool of hot spring water, where you can indulge in a treatment or two.
These are just a few of the stunning locations that the country has to offer, and are must-visits for a relaxing break away from everyday life. Whether you choose to go it alone or embark on an adventure with your partner, retirement presents the perfect opportunity to discover new places.