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5 Spots in England for a staycation break

With more people looking to travel domestically this year it is a great opportunity to discover new hidden gems for a fun and relaxing staycation. Here is our five top rural picks in England for your next adventure.

Romney, Hythe and Dymchirch Railway

Photo: Romney town

These 3 small towns in Southeast England are perfect for a city escape or just for a day trip. They are very closely connected by the big Railway passing through. Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch boasts fantastic beaches. It’s a great place to visit if you are looking for an alternative to the usual hotspots of Brighton or Bournemouth. If you are looking for a beach holiday in England, take the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, explore the local history, meet the locals and visit the three beaches.

Herne Bay and Reculver

Photo: Lee Thornberry

The magnificent Herne Bay and Reculver, South England, is situated close to Canterbury and has a rich history and beautiful spots for relaxing or adventure. To begin with head to Herne Bay, with it’s tiny houses and magnificent gardens. It also has a stunning beach where you can practice kayaking, boat riding or yachts which can be hired from the local Hampton Pier Yacht Club. Reculver is a 5-10 minutes drive from Herne Bay where visitors can enjoy amazing views from the Roman Reculver Towers which date back to the 12th century. If you take a walk along the coast you can find fossilised shark teeth or explore the marine and wildlife, climb the cliffs and swim in the ocean.

Samphire Hoe and Dover

One of the most popular places in Kent welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year. Samphire Hoe is located between Dover and Folkstone boasting its famous White cliffs, the endless Atlantic Ocean and the coast looking to France. Samphire Hoe has already received 14 Green Flag and 6 South and South East in Bloom Awards, two distinctions awarded to the most outstanding green areas for their high environmental quality and contribution to local communities. You can experience a walk on the paths, discover the wildlife and enjoy the spectacular views over the cliffs and the English Channel.

Caves Farm Barns, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Photo: Caves Farm Barns

This is a great place to unwind for your next staycation break. You can spend the day exploring by walking, cycling and swimming. There is also plenty of green spaces where you can spend the day relaxing with family and friends. The accommodations are spacious with all of the necessary amenities you would expect and is a home away from home. There is also an indoor swimming pool if you want to take a dip. The farm is also close to a few historical towns like Cambridge, Ely or Bury St Edmunds which you can explore.

Cheddar, Somerset

Photo: Cheddar Caves and Gorge

Beautiful village located 9 miles from Wales, comprising the hamlets Nyland and Bradley Cross. It is famous for the Cheddar Gorge considered to be the largest in the United Kingdom, including several caves at the northern side of the village. An interesting fact is that it gives the name of the Cheddar Cheese because during 12th century the locals started producing it. The village is not often visited by many tourists which makes it the perfect spot to unwind. Its worth having a walk around the caves, learning the history or visiting the local landmarks like Cheddar Market Cross dating back from the 15th century.

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