The last few years have seen a resurgence in holidaymakers choosing to remain in the UK for their Summer break and the reasons are clear to see. From the coasts of Cornwall to the historic castles of Scotland, there is a location for all tastes, each with their own unique characteristics.
This trend is known as the staycation, a clever play on the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’, with more than 7 million people in 2016 opting for a domestic holiday as opposed to travelling abroad. It is thought that one of the reasons for this change is cost, with an unfavourable sterling exchange rate hampering the traditional trip across the Channel and into Europe for some sun, sea and sand.
Of course, any weakness in the pound is going to see an inverse reaction in any comparable currency with the US dollar and the Euro now able to buy more pounds than has been possible for a long time. The knock-on effect has been a surge in interest with enquiries from the US increasing by 100%, China 61% and Canada 49%.
The Destination of Choice
It would be unfair to say that the increase of interest in the UK as a holiday destination, both for domestic and international tourists was purely driven by price. Home to many well renowned heritage sites, the UK has a lot to offer, but one favoured location is the Peak District, sitting within the counties of Derbyshire and Cheshire.
The Peak District is famous for its unique combination of rolling hillside, hidden caves, and magnificent gorges, all available within a stone’s throw of each other.
The best way to experience this stunning location is by booking one of the many cottages available for short term holiday rental. There are literally hundreds of options to choose from, with many opting to book via one of the numerous online agencies. One thing to look for when hunting for your perfect holiday property is certification as a Quality Accredited Agency which gives you the peace of mind that your accommodation of choice is able to meet a list of high standards of cleanliness and safety. If the sheer amount of choice is getting to you then one possible option is Derbyshire Country Cottages who are generally highly regarded and have achieved this accreditation.
An Activity for Everyone
As nice as a roaring open fire is, you probably don’t want to spend your entire holiday indoors so consider this list of activities;
- The Peak District is known as the go to place for walkers and hikers so be sure to seek information on the trails nearest to your location. Some are harder than others and will require a good level of fitness and appropriate footwear and supplies so be sure to ask.
- Cycling is another popular peak district pastime and comes highly recommend. If you haven’t brought your bicycle with you then they are usually on hand somewhere nearby for hire. The 18 mile long Dark Peak route is a fan favourite if you’re anywhere near the Derwent Valley.
However you choose to spend your holiday, you’re sure to have a great time in Derbyshire.