Adventure ideas for your next holiday in the UK


With the new year just around the corner, we’re starting to plan our 2020 adventures. With numerous opportunities for adventure and exploration in the UK, meaning you don’t have to travel to far to discover something new, we’ve put together a list of 2020 adventure ideas for your next holiday in the UK.

Cornwall

Cornwall is synonymous for its gorgeous coastline and with that comes the opportunity to try plenty of watersports. We all know Cornwall is a great place for surfing, but have you thought about coasteering, kayaking or paddle boarding? Walk to St Michael’s Mount at low tide, go on a boat trip for seal spotting, visit the beautiful National Trust sites and watch a performance at the Minack Theatre, to name just a few!

Devon

Devon… picturesque landscapes, beautiful coastlines and plenty of culinary delights. There’s a certain buzz around Devon’s food and drink scene, and your holiday in Devon will provide you with many opportunities to discover the delicious produce that awaits you. From lovely little tea rooms, cookery schools and fine dining, a trip to Devon is not complete without taking advantage of the many tempting treats on offer. Whilst you’re in the area, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit Lundy Island, go crabbing in Brixham, take a trip on Dartmouth’s Steam Railway and explore the South West Coast Path.

Somerset

Somerset is full of natural beauty and is the perfect escape year-round with a plethora of things to do. Simply wonder through the gorgeous streets and visit the charming towns and villages. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, take a hike up to the top of Glastonbury Tor, explore Cheddar Gorge and go fossil hunting. If you prefer to take it easy, why not try some local cider and cheese, go on a shopping trip to the ever beautiful and historic Bath city centre and visit the creative Frome for many independent shops and delightful cobbled streets.

Dorset

Steeped in history and the perfect location for a week long escape or a short break, there’s plenty to see and do in Dorset. Head to Bridport Literary Festival or Lyme Regis Food Rocks festival, take a boat trip to Brownsea Island for wildlife spotting and family fun, explore the breath taking Jurassic Coast for walking and fossil hunting and visit the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle for history and heritage.

Sussex

Sussex is a wonderful choice for a holiday close to London. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, head to South Downs National Park or Ashdown Forest, including the very lovely Pooh Woods – the inspiration for A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories – for a crisp, refreshing walk. Explore the fascinating history and heritage of Sussex with a trip to one of the castles and take a trip to Beachy Head for the gorgeous scenery.

Isle of Wight

Ah, the Isle of Wight. Just a short ferry crossing from the mainland lies the ideal location for an adventure. Walk or cycle the island’s coast path and take in the jaw dropping views. Visit one of the many beautiful beaches for watersports and family fun, go horse riding, alpaca trekking, tree climbing, sailing or para gliding and head to the Isle of Wight walking festival or music festival.

Simon Tregoning is the Chairman at Classic Cottages. Classic Cottages have an exclusive portfolio of places to stay, handpicked in the best locations from the tip of far west Cornwall across the south of England and over on the Isle of Wight.

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Comments (9)

  1. Julian Bird says:

    Back on the summer I walked some of the Isle of Wight coastal path. It was such a shock and a real eye opener to see how varied the landscape was. There were some gentle downland sections and some rugged craggy sections too. Amazing diversity on such a small island. I just wish I’d known that years ago, it’s a brilliant holiday destination.

  2. Emma Oliver says:

    If you’re around Somerset I’d also recommend Bristol suspension bridge as it’s fantastic, such an amazing view and you can get some great pictures on a clear day! I love Devon, I’d like to go back again soon but I’ve been a handful of times and have never had anything bad to say about it. The Isle of Wight is on my bucket list as I’ve always heard good things but have never made the trip over myself. Lovely to see some of the beautiful places in the UK getting a mention!

  3. Jo says:

    Cornwall is a must for water sports fans, such a great vibe there and a brilliant landscape to enjoy the good water and waves. There’s lots to do there too so even if you go with others who are into the scene and you’re not it doesn’t matter because you won’t be short on places to visit or activities to keep you busy. The only problem is picking a good time to go weather wise as our British weather can be so dreary and unpredictable.

  4. Caroline Bartlett says:

    Everyone seems to rush through Sussex to get down to the coast but there’s a lot more to this lovely county than beaches and deckchairs and ice-creams. We’ve stayed at Ashdown and had some nice walks through the forests and visited picturesque villages too. It’s a very under-rated county.

  5. Lorraine Huff says:

    Definitely love Devon! If you want to taste the most amazing scone and clotted cream, this is the place to go. It goes perfectly with tea and the beautiful scenery. Exeter has many excellent cream tea places to get some. Of course, at night you can try some of their best brewed ales and cider.

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