Features about holidays and day trips throughout the UK. This includes travel and tourist information as well as reviews of places I have eaten or drunk at.
Although keen to travel abroad, the lockdown has taught me there is so much more to see in Great Britain. I subsequently started a GB Bucket List of ideas for local travel.
My Favourite Places
A list of my favourite UK places to visit in England, Wales & Scotland.
The beautiful Loch Tay is surrounded by mountains and a great place to camp. White Water Rafting on the River Tay is a fun day out, followed by visiting a local distillery in Scotland.
Snowdonia National Park
Say in Betsy Coed, Wales as a base camp with the aim of climbing Mount Snowdon and the Glyders on the next mountain range over. Great views of a clear day and a challenge to reach the peaks.
The River Wye downstream of Ross-on-Wye is stunning and can easily see why it is an AONB. The area is good for camping and hiking as well as wildlife spotting. IMO a great place to get the camera out and do some photography.
The rugged coastline of Cornwall is special in all seasons, in summer the weather is nice but winter brings big waves and storms. There are loads of nice fishing village to stay at or eat out such as Port Isaac or Mousehole.
The British seaside is a diverse landscape from quiet beaches, resorts and busy harbours. Many are photogenic and a delight to visit.
I love to visit the coast of the UK especially looking out to sea from beaches for cliffs to relax and ponder life. Fishing villages are another favourite places including for the fresh fish and other seafood.
UK Bucket List
My UK bucket list, a shortlist of places in the country to visit or return too. England, Scotland and Wales are full of great places to see and get loads of tips from those I meet abroad and foreign travel bloggers.
Being based in the middle of England, many places on my bucket list can be done as a day trip. My home town is Gloucester in Gloucestershire so listing places that are days out from there also.
Personally I enjoy the countryside, scenery, architecture and water, my to-do list tends to focus on these aspects.
UK Bucket List Stay Away
My shortlist places where I would need an overnight stopover.
Canoe The Wye
A multi-day canoe or kayak trip down the River Wye, camping on the way with a dog in the boat. Need to check he can swim first though.
A nice North Cornish village with a great surfing beach, a return visit to Polzeath for me from a holiday with fond memories. There is a great surfing beach, river walking and clifftop walks.
The Gower Peninsula in West Wales to camp and view the beautiful coastline. Camping, ideally near to the coastline and travelling by train. Somewhere I have not visited since I was Little RJ.
Visit a few of the more well-known towns on the Cotswold Way, as well as some nice hiking. Thinking of earmarking Bourton on the Water, Cirencester, Burford and Painswick.
A visit to say in Betsy Coed as a base to then climb Snowdon and the Glyder mountains.
Bucketlist Day Trips
Shortlisted places that could be visited on a day trip from Birmingham.
A nice castle in Warwick.
Castle ruins that are dog friendly, this is on the midlands train network so easy to get to.
Brave returning to my old home the capital of England to see some specific sites I didn’t visit when I lived there. For example St Paul’s Cathedral and The Tower of London.
A run out on the train to explore the city and marvel at the architecture.
Visit the city for a walk by the river and to see the famous Worcester Cathedral.
Ideas for great day trips from Gloucestershire
A train trip to see the historic city of Bath including visiting the Roman Baths and the abbey.
Revisit all the historical sites and the Clifton suspension bridge for a day out from Gloucester on the train.
Get a train down the River Severn to Chepstow and visit the castle for a day out. Might pop in this area of the Wye Valley too.
Take my partner to see the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Severn Bore, where a tidal wave comes upstream. Great to see at night as no crowds and the sound is much more alive.
Pack For a Day
Some notes on what to pack for a day trip with the dog in tow, hope it helps someone but will be a good checklist for me. My actual day back, mine is a North Face bag, with lots of pockets and stores a good volume of stuff. Mine has travelled miles including to the top of Postavarul in Romania.
- Phone & vape chargers and power bank or laptop.
- Warm jacket for on way home and gets colder.
- 1 bowl for dog food and water, take a water bottle and food too.
- Treats for the dog to ensure great behaviour at the right time.
- Dog toys to keep entertained while in transit.
- Sunglasses to switch with regular glass at the right time.
- Shorts or trousers so can switch between sort and long leg. These double up as a puppy bed too.
- Bottle opener with corkscrew, mine is in the form of a swiss army knife. Useful for slicing cheese, tomatoes etc if getting a market picnic.
- Spare socks, great to change after a long day on the feet, also good if feet get wet for any reason.
- Hip flask with Tuica, whiskey or rum to toast journeys.
- Wipes, great for cleaning up or if WC has run out on trains or venues.