Fancy a little slice of Devonshire’s prime paradise? I know I do – and once you’ve stepped foot in Dartmoor National Park, having sampled even a fraction of its myriad attractions, you’ll be surprised you hadn’t come sooner. The beauty of its landscapes, the diversity of its wildlife, and the rich heritage it harbours are all somewhat of a given; less known, perhaps, are the wealth of outdoor and water-based activities the area’s suited to, many of which can be enjoyed in groups or as a family. Whether you’ve little ones in tow or are travelling with good friends, Dartmoor’s character will leave you with more than just fond memories.
The February half-term holiday is a great opportunity for families to escape the cold weather and jet off to sunnier climates in destinations like Lanzarote, Egypt and Majorca – or you can stay closer to home and snuggle up in Snowdonia. Here are ten of my favourite holiday spots, all great half-term bargains for the family.
The New Forest National Park is home to England’s most expansive and unenclosed area of woodland, heathland and pasture – little wonder then that it’s an enchanting destination; even in the chill of winter. For those of us that delight in the prospect of fresh air, brisk walks and the opportunity to try new outdoor activities, it’s a veritable haven. That said, the New Forest – like the rest of our green and so-called ‘pleasant’ land – isn’t without its unpredictable weather! But when ominous skies and grey clouds rule the day, there’s still lots to do, see and explore indoors.
The Peak District not only attracts visitors from the UK, but tourists from around the world. With its natural beauty earning the area the title of ‘Britain’s first ever National Park’, it has captured the hearts of thousands for many years. Young or old, adventure seeker or creature of comfort – the Peak District’s magnificent countryside of rolling hills, moorland, valleys and lakes, littered with ancient stone villages and historic stately homes, is a pleasure to visit year-round.
If you’re struggling with the winter blues it’s not too late to book a last-minute holiday in the sun. While the rest of Europe is shivering under blankets of snow, there are some destinations that offer a great escape from the gloomy weather. Here are some of my favourite winter warmers to see you through until the warm weather arrives.