While Britain has its own small ‘green’ list of countries that people can travel to for a holiday, there is no doubt that for many, 2021 is a summer when the nest option is a staycation.
This situation may be even more true as a few countries are placing greater restrictions on travel from the UK, due to a small rise in cases prompted by the so-called ‘Indian variant’ of Covid. As a result, the overseas options may shrink even more.
However, the reality for so many people, even those who have had the bulk of their holidays in the UK, is there will be vast areas of this green and pleasant land they will have never been to. Now might be a great time for those who enjoy city breaks to see more of the countryside, or those who tend to head for the beach to try somewhere inland.
That means 2021 could be the time for a road trip, so don’t forget to order some cheap car air fresheners for the drive.
Everyone has their list of great places to go - and, most importantly, they are not the same, which is just as well because it’s perfectly possible that some of those listed will be local to you to start with.
Conde Nast Traveller has come up with a list of 12 must-see places, including many rather familiar haunts that are on the beaten track, like Oxford, the St Ives area of Cornwall, the rugged west coast of Scotland or Buxton, England’s highest market town surrounded on three sides by the Peak District. None of that alters the fact that these are all wonderful places to visit.
However, the list also includes some variety. For instance, there’s Norfolk: not the place for mountains or even hills, but blessed with great beaches, watery adventures on the Broads and the charming city of Norwich. Kent offers great beaches and some unusual landscapes, not least at Dungeness, Britain’s only official desert.
Another area many might overlook is Herefordshire, but it has been listed for its fantastic foods and proximity to some fine walking around the border with Wales, including the Offa’s Dyke Path. This also includes the Brecon Beacons, a reason for the adjacent town of Abergavenny to be added t the list.
Alternatively, one may look for some new attractions to see. The Guardian has produced its own list of ten, including the reopening of Nottingham Castle, of which the public will now be able to see more following a major project to increase accessibility.
Bath will offer a new House of Frankenstein, an immersive and monstrously scary experience that might make you want to ‘bolt’ for it, Chester Zoo has created a new wetland aviary to mark its 90th birthday and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Bridgewater Gardens in Salford will finally open to the public.
These are just some of the great attractions that are either new, or have slipped under the radar for some time. There may be no better year than this one to get in the car and visit an unfamiliar part of Britain to see one of them.