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Britain’s hidden gems: underrated staycation spots for autumn 2021

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Staycation spots are more popular than ever, which means that the UK’s most beautiful spots are now very popular with tourists. This has unfortunately made holiday prices soar and also means that covid rates are increasing in certain staycation areas.

Some undiscovered spots in the UK would be perfect for your next holiday – with fewer crowds and cheaper prices, there’s no reason not to book a lesser-known staycation spot this autumn. Before travelling anywhere, buy a halogen antigen test kit and regularly test yourself to protect those around you. Read on to discover the hidden gems of the UK.

Observatory Gully, Ben Nevis

A stunning location surrounded by snow-covered mountains, Observatory Gully is a very well-hidden gem. This staycation spot would be best suited to the adventurous, outdoorsy type with the opportunity to go rock climbing and hiking. Many picturesque villages surround the mountains, offering accommodation at very cheap prices. Try staying in the nearby town of Banavie, home to some lovely pubs and restaurants.  

High Force, Durham

High force is an impressive 70-foot waterfall surrounded by stunning nature – but it is largely unknown by Brits. Set in Forest-in-Teesdale, this place would make an excellent staycation spot. The village has various things to do, with many walking routes, bars and restaurants. The Moor House National Nature Reserve is also on the doorstep, with some stunning natural beauty spots to discover.

Sgwd yr Eira, Wales

This location is situated within the Brecon waterfall walk and offers a relaxed holiday destination. The village of Pontneddfechan is just a short walk away and offers some lovely places to stay in a chocolate-box location. Visitors can enjoy some exceptional bars and restaurants as well as easy access to various walking routes, all in close proximity to the region’s stunning waterfalls. Before travelling to Wales, buy a halogen antigen test kit and consult government guidelines.

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

One of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges, is an imposing landscape on the grounds of a Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. The area surrounding this location is largely unexplored by tourists, with the village of Stranocum offering a tranquil holiday destination. This is a sight you want to take advantage of.

Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire

Thornton-le-Dale is an undiscovered gem, a Yorkshire village comprising of thatched cottages, quirky shops, and scenic walks. Situated within the North York Moors National Park, there is plenty of exploring to do in the area. Nature lovers will adore following the many nature trails easily accessed from the village. Pickering is just two miles away and is a great spot for dining and exploring the local history.

Lynmouth, Devon

The harbour town of Lynmouth offers a sleepy and laid-back atmosphere and boasts of a stunning harbour and quaint fishing cottages, all set within a backdrop of green hills. Visitors will adore the Valley of Rocks, a natural phenomenon – a dry valley that runs parallel to the Devon coast. If you look closely, a herd of feral goats can be seen. The Lynmouth Cliff Railway is also worth a visit. It is a fully water-powered Victorian railway that travels along the cliffs. Tourists will adore this easy-going coastal town.

When travelling anywhere within the United Kingdom, buy a halogen antigen test kit and regularly test yourself. This will help stop the virus’s spread and protect yourself and others from harm.


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