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It will come as no shocker to you lot that I bloody love a staycation, any excuse to explore the wonderful country we live in. Plus I love hopping on a train and letting the drivers do all the hard work, so one of us doesn’t have to drive!
2020 has been a write off for most of us, with many of us not being able to travel, which I know is a privilege, but it’s something so many of us work hard to achieve. With the vaccine being administered now, hopefully, that makes travel a lot easier and 2021 can be a little more on the normal side. Saying that though, I’m not sure I’m ready to jump back on a plane just yet, so staycations are top of my list for sure. I mean, they’re always on my list, to be honest!
But where do I plan on jumping on a train to, I hear you ask?! Let me tell you…
We were meant to be heading to Liverpool this year as it’s somewhere I’ve never been before and we have an awesome voucher from the ‘bro-in-law’ to take a helicopter trip over any city we wanted; we picked Liverpool! There is so much culture up there and everyone I know that has been, has loved it. Despite not being a fan of The Beatles in any shape or form, I would still love to listen to some tunes in The Cavern, I’d love to do a hop-on-hop-off ride along the Mersey on the Mersea Ferry and I’d very much like to take advantage of the nightlife, as we all know that’s banging!
And no, I won’t be stepping foot into Anfield!
Lyme Regis, West Dorset
Lyme Regis, also known as the ‘Pearl of Dorset’, is somewhere I think Mike and I would really love! We are total suckers for a beach town, despite not being huge sand fans; it must be the sea air! Lyme Regis has lots of wonderful walks around the Jurassic Coast for us to take part in so we’ll be packing our walking boots and camera for sure!
I will be booking ourselves a Holiday Cottage as we love having the option of making our own breakfasts and having a little more space than a hotel room too.
I would love to visit Padstow, as my parents rave about it whenever they go! We are such foodies and Padstow is certainly known for their collection of Rick Stein restaurants so we’d have to make sure we booked into a few of them. Aside from the food, Padstow has so much else to offer too; Camel Estuary AONB covers seven glorious miles of the River Camel which would be a stunning walk, the Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps look incredible in photos so that’s a must on my list and the Camel Creek Adventure Park as who doesn’t love rides and thrills!
Finally, the Peak District is also on my list! There are just so many things to do there, but the top few bits on my list include the Pooles Caverns, checking out the Heights of Abraham including the cable car and the 60-acre hilltop estate they have there and a visit to Chatsworth House and the 105-acre garden as it looks simply stunning!
And remember, if you do choose to travel, please do so safely; wear a mask when required, wash your hands and maintain social distancing. Don’t put yourself or anyone around you at risk! And do not travel if the Government states it is unsafe to do so!