Back at the beginning of the year, I shared my top 5 countries that I’d like to visit this year, but let’s face it – the chances of us being able to visit all 5 in one year is pretty low so I’m aiming for 2 this year. We’ve decided to try and explore more of the UK this year aswell as trying to tick some countries off my ever growing bucket list.
Since my parents bought their caravan almost two years ago, Shane and I have been on so many little weekend getaways around the UK (you can find all the posts here) that we’ve absolutely loved and I can’t wait to explore more of it so I made a list of 5 places that are top of my list this year that we can go on long weekends with the caravan. Some we’ve already been to but we’d love to explore more of and some we’ve never been to before or I’ve visited when I was a kid.
So Shane and I have been to Weymouth in Dorset a few times, and it’s one of our favourite places to visit. We visited Durdle Door a few years back, but only had around 30 minutes to explore before we had to head off for the rest of our journey. I’d love to go back and explore it properly, along with nearby Lulworth Cove.
2. Isle of Wight
I got to visit the Isle of Wight a few times when I was a kid, both with my parents and on a school trip. I remember my dad used to do quite a lot of contract work over there, and occasionally we’d get to go down there with him for the day and have a nice day at the beach while he was at work. We stayed there on holiday a few times too, but I can’t remember much of it. I’d love to go back and visit The Needles though, as it’s one of the most famous attractions there.
Shane has wanted to visit Wales for so long now, but it’s never appealed to me! I’ve seen it cropping up on a couple blogs lately and it actually looks really nice! It reminds me quite a lot of Scotland with the mountains, the lakes and the seaside towns, so it’d be nice to spend a long weekend there exploring!
So we’re actually headed to Norfolk next weekend in the caravan and I’m so excited. We don’t actually have much planned, because to be honest, there isn’t really a lot to do in Norfolk if you don’t want to go to the beach. We’ll probably pull in a National Trust house and hopefully I’ll get to see some of the famous windpumps that fill the countryside!
Shane and I visited Cornwall last year, and although I absolutely hated the hills there (seriously, I was on the brink of a few panic attacks with some of those hill starts and single file country roads lined with stone walls), I can’t help but love the beaches and scenery there. As it’s the most southerly part of the UK mainland, it usually has a warmer climate than the rest of the UK so it’s nice to see more ‘tropical’ trees and plants. One of my absolute favourite places to visit is the Eden Project – so I’d love to go back.
I can’t wait to explore more of the UK this year! It’s crazy that while I was looking for photos, I only just noticed the huge differences in the landscape that the UK has! Have you been to any of these places before? Or do you want to visit?
Sources: Dorset 1 / Dorset 2 // Isle of Wight 1 / Isle of Wight 2 // Wales 1 / Wales 2 // Norfolk 1 / Norfolk 2 // Cornwall 1 / Cornwall 2 // Wales Lake – I couldn’t find the original sources of a couple photos, but if you know them, then please let me know and I’ll update it!
LucyMay 13, 2016 at 10:48 pm
Wow, now I have serious UK wanderlust! We’re based down in Devon at the moment and I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never actually been to Cornwall or Wales or Dorset despite them all being so close by… so thanks for some serious inspiration and motivation! This summer I’ll finally explore the surrounding area! (Perhaps..) xxx
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AprilMay 15, 2016 at 7:53 am
No way?! You’ll definitely have to visit them! Cornwall is my absolute favourite (except the rediculous hills) for scenery! I’ve never visited Devon before, only drove through it, so I think when we plan our next Eden Project trip, we’ll probably stay in Devon so it’s not as far for us to travel and then we can explore more of Devon too!
FrancescaMay 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm
I want to go to these places!!
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AprilMay 15, 2016 at 7:53 am
I hope you get to visit them, because they are absolutely stunning places! Pretty much all of my favourite places in the UK!
MadelineMay 15, 2016 at 11:29 am
Such a lovely list of destinations! I’m so glad to have stumbled across your blog xx
AprilMay 16, 2016 at 6:32 am
Ahh, thank you! I’m glad you liked them – hopefully you’ll get to visit them one day too!
JaneMay 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm
You have now given me a serious case of wanderlust! I’ve passed through Cornwall before but haven’t fully experienced it yet so you’ve inspired me to have some more little adventures! You’ve got yourself a new follower on bloglovin’ 🙂
lots of love, Jane
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AprilMay 16, 2016 at 6:33 am
Ahh, thank you so much! 🙂 I really hope you get to visit Cornwall, because (apart from the hills) it is probably one of my favourite counties in the UK! Little weekend getaways are the best – we were looking at getting a tent for little spontaneous getaways too!
RachaelMay 17, 2016 at 7:23 am
We stayed at the Durdle Door camp site a couple of years back. The coastline is so so beautiful! Hope you manage to make it to all the places!
AprilMay 19, 2016 at 6:36 am
I’d love to stay there and be so close to Durdle Door! We got lost the first time we visited because we had no idea that you had to go THROUGH the campsite to get there haha! Hopefully I get to go back soon!
Nikki | The Ginger DiariesMay 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm
Wales is high on my own list as well, as is the Isle of Wight. I love love love the UK for its beautiful nature, down-to-earthness (is that even a word?) and hospitality. Wish I had a chance to come back soon, but I’m afraid it’ll be while. Hopefully you’ll find the time to visit all the places, and hopefully for us you’ll share them on your blog too! 😉 xo
AprilMay 19, 2016 at 6:37 am
I really hope you get to come to the UK soon! I can definitely recommend the Isle of Wight! Cornwall is nice too if you love crystal clear blue sea! It’s one of my favourite places in the UK! Hopefully we get to visit Wales sometime this year – I’ll definitely be sharing if we do 🙂
EmmaMay 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm
As someone who grew up in Wales, but moved away for university and was gone for 7 years, I’ve returned and seen it with fresh eyes – it’s SUCH a gorgeous country and I’m so proud to be Welsh now! Cornwall is definitely on my list – I went years and years ago, but really want to go back.
P.S. Just found your blog and I absolutely love it!
AprilMay 19, 2016 at 6:39 am
Aww, thanks so much! I’ve never been to Wales, but I really hope we can visit sometime soon! Where would you recommend most? We’re thinking around Snowdonia area. Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the UK – the colour of the water is amazing! And the Eden Project – you have to visit that if you get the chance to go back!