Many people have fallen foul of terrible chaos and delays at airports as the big post-covid getaway was hit by staffing shortages and IT issues. Those people who might be thinking twice about booking a holiday abroad need not worry though – there are some amazing places closer to home – including in the beautiful Cotswolds.
There have also been warnings of airline ticket prices going up in the summer. Bristol Airport has been hit by big delays for weeks as flights have been cancelled or hit by long waits in a series of issues blamed on staff shortages and post-pandemic demand for holidays.
There have been six-hour ordeals, baggage reclaiming problems and all manner of family landmarks ruined. In one case Twitter user @Dorsethouselyme had their wedding anniversary celebrations cancelled. They said, “Supposed to be heading off to Bordeaux to celebrate 20th wedding anniversary but EasyJet just cancelled our flight out of Bristol Airport.
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“They waited until we’d been here several hours and were due to board so now it’s too late to book somewhere else instead – no help.”
With those experiences in mind here are some stunning destinations in the South West, Cornwall and Lake District – and some are very close to home in Gloucestershire.
The village of Bibury is perfect for an aimless summer stroll, or a jam-packed day out – there is something for everyone. The River Coln flows through and it is very clear – and perfect for paddling in during the summer. Bibury was described as ‘the most beautiful village in England’ by artist William Morris, and we can see why. Boasting picturesque landscapes, traditional properties and historical villages, you won’t be disappointed. Bibury Trout Farm has plenty of fun activities to get involved in, from fishing to barbecues, to crazy golf, and lunching at the cafe.
Stanton features traditional, honey-coloured Jurassic limestone cottages, a 17th-century pub and a stunning church that’s more than 800 years old. It is located close to Moreton-in-Marsh, and is often considered one of the Cotswolds’ hidden gems. In March Stanton was named England’s most beautiful village by Sykes Cottages. If you head to Stanton for a relaxing weekend away, be sure to check out the views from Shenberrow Hill, as well as admire the village’s incredible Grade I-listed church, St Michael & All Angels. There’s also Stanton Guildhouse – a centre of arts and crafts which you can also stay in.
Castle Combe’s 340 or so residents are lucky enough to live in a place which has been crowned the country’s most beautiful several times. To take it all in, have a wander around the village to take in the sights like St Andrew’s Church.
The stunning building has been on the site since the 13th century and has been expanded regularly since. It’s home to a faceless clock, which is believed to be one of the country’s oldest.To explore the surrounding area, head out on the Castle Combe circular walking route. It begins in the village’s car park then goes through the village and across several fields and a golf green. You’ll come across several picturesque streams and brooks before the path takes you back to Castle Combe. The whole walk is 3.5 miles long, which should take a little over an hour to walk at a leisurely pace.
Adlestrop is a rural village with a population of about 80 people can be found just off the road from Chipping Norton to Stow-on-the-Wold on the border between Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.
This adorable little hamlet just two hours from London features sleepy cottages, a traditional thatched roof post-office, and has a sense of magic you can only find in the Cotswolds. Adlestrop is also an excellent base for lovers of the great outdoors. The area is full of superb walking options and nearby town of Kingham also offers lots of options for a summer stroll.
The Medieval village of Cartmel has a rich heritage, and varied list of activities for visitors to partake in. It is also a real food destination with L’Enclume offering a 2 Michelin star dining experience run by famed chef Simon Rogan and the village is home to the sticky toffee pudding. Cartmel offers spectacular panoramic views of Cumbria and the edge of the Lake District.
Oxenholme is often dubbed by tourists as the ‘Gateway to the Lakes’ and offers beach walks, bird-watching, cycling routes and animal lovers might be able to catch a glimpse of wild ponies which roam the area. It also proudly has its very own train station, which was nominated for the 2021 World Cup of Stations.
Buttermere is up in the north of Cumbria and is famous for stunning scenery – even being used to shoot the latest Mission: Impossible film with Tom Cruise. The centrepiece is the walk around the lake which is a real experience, and remains fairly flat so isn’t too challenging. It is about 4.5 miles all the way round.
Not far from Buttermere is one of the prettiest towns in the Lake District. Deep in the Lake District National Park, Keswick is a small market town situated next to the large Derwentwater Lake which is often referred to as the Queen of the Lakes. For those looking for breathtaking views with a thrill, there are plenty of activities like rock climbing, kayaking and Ghyll scrambling in and around Keswick.
Mawnan is a village which lies between Falmouth and the Helford River. It is a charming village and is very near the Trebah Gardens which is a 26-acre sub-tropical garden which also has a private beach which can be used by all visitors. Very close is the National Trust Glendurgan Garden which features a famous maze.
Looe is a working fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall. There are many family-friendly attractions such as paddling, swimming and snorkelling to keep everyone occupied. You can also pet rescue monkeys, attempt crab-catching or, for an adrenaline kick, go rock pooling. You won’t feel like you’re in England – that’s for sure.
This South West Cornwall town faces east to Mevagissey Bay. The inner and outer harbours are busy with a mixture of pleasure vessels and working fishing boats. It has a thriving fishing industry and is the second biggest fishing port in Cornwall. The highly rated Fishermen’s Chippy is renowned as one of the best in the business and there is also an aquarium and a museum, as well as fishing trips and speed boat rides.
Bude is Cornwall’s most northern town and has been a popular seaside resort from Victorian times. Voted the UK’s best seaside town in 2019 it boasts eight beaches nearby meaning that if you’re out for some sand sea and surfing, it’s the perfect place to go. Other fun attractions include a tidal pool, a castle, and the top-rated Cornish Pie Company.
Getting there might take the odd traffic jam and cost a bit in fuel – but you’re unlikely to have your holiday cancelled and lose your luggage too! You might even enjoy it more in an idyllic English location.