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Going on holiday is a great chance to get away from the pressures of everyday life, have a change (which is as good as a rest or so they say) and experience new and different cultures, activities and ideas. Holidays abroad can get pricey and flying increases our carbon footprint by a massive amount. There are plenty of wonderful holiday destinations right here in England. You could alternate a foreign holiday with a break in a different area of your home country or you could head out to a beautiful countryside location for a mini-break in addition to your usual family holiday.

Cumbria/The Lake District

If scenic views are a top priority for your holiday then you cannot go far wrong with a week in the Lake District. As well as the numerous lakes, rivers and waterfalls that give the area its name there are the Pennines mountain range, pretty rural dales and valleys, stone circles, nature reserves, country houses and gardens, ancient forests and much more. For the more active there are seasonal water-sports on the major lakes including windsurfing and kayaking, horseback riding adventure trails, paragliding, caving and various other exciting outdoor activities.

London

The nation’s capital is definitely worth a visit. Whether your preferred getaway involves shopping, visiting museums, checking out historic landmarks or simply wandering through picturesque parks, there is something for everyone. Experience the thrill of a West End musical, see the views from the top of the London Eye or watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Many of the capital’s best museums are actually free, and you will be spoilt for choice when looking for places to eat and drink.

Whitby

The historic coastal town of Whitby is one of England’s must-see destinations. Home to Captain James Cook and of course Dracula, Whitby has so many stories to tell you need to stay a month to hear them all. Climb the 199 steps to the ancient Abbey featured in Bram Stoker’s famous gothic tale, wander through the whalebone arch or down one of the two grade ii listed piers to see the working lighthouses at the end. Whitby has a stretch of coastline that can be followed for miles at low tide. The town centre is full of quirky old alleyways and ex-fishermen’s cottages perched on the side of the hill. In summer a sailing Regatta is held and there are usually numerous other activities running in tandem, including displays by the Red Arrows.

Cornwall

For lovers of horror a stay at the Jamaica Inn on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall is a must. Dubbed ‘most haunted hotel in England’, this spooky hotel has been the subject of a novel by Daphne du Maurier and a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Visitors will be left trembling in their hotel beds at the sounds of footsteps in empty corridors, cartwheels and horses hooves in deserted yards and no less than two ghosts to spot including one murder victim.

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