While it’s no easy task to pry yourself away from all the excitement that UK’s capital city has to offer, you won’t want to miss out on experiencing the charm and character of the English countryside. With so much to see and do just a few miles outside of the city, you’ll have a difficult time deciding which you like better…city or country.
Located Southwest of London are the picturesque seaside villages that make up the area known as Cornwall. This area is a popular surfing destination even though the water is always a bit chilly. Don’t let that stop you from booking a surf lesson where wet suits are always provided. If you’re a photography buff, then you’ll enjoy snapping away at the breathtaking harbor views in this popular tourist destination.
Don’t listen to the folks who think it’s just a bunch of rocks. Stonehenge is an amazing ancient Wonder of the World that is not to be missed. Take the self-guided tour and stare in awe as you attempt to figure out for yourself exactly how and why it was built. It’s located about 90 miles from central London. It’s also a short distance to Bath, so while you’re out that way tack on a trip to see the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
While out touring the English countryside it’s nice to take a break from the touristy spots and stop into one of the many quaint villages to see what I like to call “real England.” Shere is a little village located in Surrey. I used to live a short drive from Shere and found its duck-filled stream and cozy shops an enjoyable retreat. If you’re a movie buff, then you’ll recognize this village from the movie Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Jack Black. Diaz’s character is a LA executive who decides to do a home swap with Kate Winslet’s character who has a home in Shere. You can have your own “Holiday” experience with a luxury home exchange in one of these quintessential English homes offered by International Vacation Home Exchange and experience “real England” first hand.
Located on the East Coast of England and at the closest point to continental Europe, Dover is a must-see attraction for any history buff. You can see for yourself the beauty of the well-known White Cliffs of Dover. Take a tour of medieval Dover Castle which houses the wartime tunnels and learn about this area’s integral part in history.
Enjoy the English countryside at its best in this Northwest area of England. There are endless ways to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, biking or just taking a scenic drive and stopping off to enjoy a pint at one of the local pubs. This area is not only known for its majestic lakes and rugged mountain terrain but also for its historic literary association. This area has been an inspiration to authors and poets such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter to name a few.
These are just a few of the sites that are packed into this tiny island. There is so much rich history and breathtaking charm scattered throughout the countryside that you could return time and time again and never run out of sites to see.
Thank you Travel Writer Lisa Medeiros. Check out lisamedeiros.com and follow her on Twitter @lisamedeiros_