when to go?
The distinct seasons are the best thing about the UK’s climate. From dark, short winter days when temperatures often plunge below freezing to the long and languid sun-filled days of summer, the changes are dramatic. Spring is a lovely time to explore the coast and countryside with warmer days, spring flowers and blossoms. Autumn can be both sunny and mild or wet and windy. The changing colours of the trees in parks and forests are a highlight. The summer is often the busiest time of the year and when holiday resorts in England and Scotland are in most demand, but what makes the UK such a great destination is that there is something to do no matter what season you visit.
The Natural Wonders
Rolling meadows, craggy cliffs, wild moors and towering mountains, the UK is awash with wild expanses of nature. What’s more, these landscapes are steeped in legends and immortalised in the works of great artists and writers.
Head off on walking trails to waterfalls, spot wild ponies in rugged moorland and delve into tangles of ancient woodland. The Lake District has England’s most dramatic scenery, with its jagged mountains and deep lakes creating jaw-dropping scenes at every turn. Scotland is not short of drama either, with its vast wildlife-rich forests, rushing rivers, mirrored lochs and brooding peaks.
With thousands of miles of coastline, the UK has brilliant beaches and spectacular rock formations too. Walk in the footsteps of giants at Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, go fossil hunting and gaze at sea-carved arches on the Jurassic Coast and walk along towering cliffs in Cornwall before heading down to sandy coves for a dip. Wherever you go, packing your walking boots is highly recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions about holidays in the UK
- Hiking boots/walking shoes
- Waterproof coat
- A camera
- Swimwear (especially if you are heading to Cornwall)
- Plenty of clothes (underwear, socks, shorts, trousers, t-shirts, jumpers etc.)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- A book to read