Our pick of country hideouts to escape the city this spring

If you’re looking for the perfect country hideaway to visit this spring, then look no further. Away from the hustle and bustle of the UK’s cities are some incredibly peaceful places in the countryside, perfect for both solos and couples. So, whether you’re looking for a place to go or you’re just curious about what this wonderful country is hiding, read on to find out the best places to visit in the UK this spring.

The Lake District

Situated in quiet north-west England, the Lake District is a popular countryside destination for all types of travellers.  Choose from Ambleside, Kendal, Grasmere or Keswick to be your base, and you’ve got the rugged mountains and glacial rivers on your doorstep. Not only does the Lake District bring peace, tranquillity and mind-blowing views, but there’s also lots to do here. Head to Beatrix Potter’s house to see how the iconic author lived, take one of the many walking trails, or visit the fascinating museums in the local towns.

Bakewell, Derbyshire

The quintessentially British town of Bakewell is located in a sleepy part of the Derbyshire Dales, not far from Sheffield. As it usually draws quite a few families, couples and solo travellers, Bakewell has an extensive selection of accommodation, especially B&Bs and cottages. When you’re not exploring the stunning views surrounding the Peak District, why not take a tour inside the famous Chatsworth House?


Portmeirion, North Wales

Known as the ‘Romantic Village’, Portmeirion is a one-of-a-kind UK destination that’s off the beaten track. It has an other-worldly feel to it thanks to the architect Clough Williams-Ellis, who created and built the village from 1925 to 1976. Not only does Portmeirion have truly iconic architecture, but it’s also popular for nature lovers, who love nothing more than to stroll across the village’s beach. There’s a range of accommodation to choose from, from self-catered cottages to luxurious spa hotels.

The Cotswolds

This dreamy countryside hotspot is situated in southern England across five counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Choose from staying in a small but vibrant market town or a sleepy, quintessentially British village – perfect for the peace and quiet you need, away from the crowds of the city. Visitors to the Cotswolds can stay in B&Bs, luxury country manors, self-catering cottages, and they can even ‘glamp’ if they’re so inclined.

Ahmed Elmi


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