As the summer comes to an end and the cold days are getting colder, all our focus is on our next getaway into the hot weather. However, there are many locations in the UK that are perfect for a winter getaway. We may not get much sunshine during the winter months in the UK, but that doesn’t mean we can’t venture out and make the most of our wonderful surroundings. If you’re lucky enough to have a break from work over the festive period — sorry retail workers — then why not think about a small getaway?In this article, Lookers (dealers of all-new Vauxhall Corsa) share their pick of the top 5 places to head to in the UK this winter.
Of course, December is the time where the Scottish capital really comes alive. From the Christmas market on George Street, to the, erm, Christmas market in East Princes Street Gardens and the ice rink that’s set up in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh is a great place to head in the coldest of months. If speed skating and mulled wine doesn’t warm you up, give shopping a go and visit the emphatically decorated shops in the city’s centre.
Why not head to Edinburgh over Hogmanay? If you don’t get time to visit before Christmas, it’s known to be one of the best New Year celebrations, with many street parties, official and unofficial, scattering the city.
Visit Melrose on the Scottish borders
The market towns in Melrose are said to be the place to be, with links to Robert the Bruce and his heart being in the romantically ruined Cistercian abbey! With many amazing hiking routes and an awash of cosy public houses, this town also offers a line of beautiful independent shops. In the winter, the scenery is likely to be even more eye-catching with the nearby hills often sporting a dusting of snow, making views very picturesque.
Whether it is relaxing or alternatively lively, the birthplace of Rugby Sevens is worth the visit. Cyclists can enjoy the 4 Abbeys circular cycle route where they can link all four Border abbeys, while walkers can head up the Eildon Hills and Scott’s View.
How about Corbridge in Northumberland?
A combination of pubs, shops, stone houses and market cross make this Northumberland Village the perfect winter getaway. Its infrastructure and quaint design mean that it’s an ideal spot for a brisk walk in the wintry air. With a bunch of shops that allow Corbridge to punch above its weight on the retail front, there’s a host of antiques, fashion, shoes, kitchenware and jewellery abodes to choose from. The benefits of going in the winter is the fact that shops stay open later as of 5th December, and the Market Place sees stalls jostle for space and custom.
With Newcastle only being an hour away and Leeds and Edinburgh taking only two hours, it is ideally connected.
Go to the South of Cornwall
South Cornwall is a perfect UK winter getaway if the cold weather just isn’t for you. Often, you’ll find the daffodils flowering in December and camellias blooming at Christmas time. But it’s not just the cooler climes that make South Cornwall a great getaway.
On a crisp day, National trust beaches between St Mawes and Veryan Bay may be a relaxing and desolate walkway to enjoy, despite it not being on the top of your to-do list. If the winter weather lets you down, there are many indoor activities to tickle your fancy, including the Blue Reef Aquarium, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, and Bodmin Jail.
Ever been to East Anglia?
Despite being a popular go-to place in the summer, this little gems beauty is not admired so much in the cold winter months, making this a perfect quiet getaway. Head to the frost-covered banks and you may be lucky enough to partake in a bit of otter spotting! And with turkey a prominent Christmas feature, why not try a prized Norfolk Black from Peele’s farm? Mussels are also available in many of the area’s coastal pubs, so there are plenty of local delicacies to delve into.
Visiting the regions abundance of all-year round attractions is another way to escape from the cold. This could include tasting Norfolk’s history by visiting its medieval castle or Norman cathedral. There’s also the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia to make sure you stay busy.
The array of locations the UK has to offer makes it an ideal place to take a trip at any time during the year. With a bit of planning you could find that a winter holiday can blow away any negative feelings brought on by the cold and dark nights. Above are just five of many options available to take advantage of. Hopefully this guide has given you an insight into some of Britain’s best destinations to head to this winter.