I can’t think when we last spent this much time in the UK. When we had respectable jobs, we would always try and get away as often as possible. A sun-run to Spain for a long weekend, a quick trip to Paris or an impromptu hiking trip to the Dolomites.

But we have now been in the UK for over 6 months and while it wasn’t our choice, it hasn’t been all bad.

In fact, watching the seasons change from bleak winter greys through to lush spring greens and out the other side to dusty summer yellows, was an experience we’ve never really allowed ourselves to cherish.

We predominately spent lockdown in the Cotswolds, nurturing our sourdough starter, trying out some new vegetarian dishes and spending more time on Zoom than we thought possible. As restrictions started to ease it also gave us the option to explore more of the UK than we have before.

Here’s what we found.

The Thames is pretty good for wild swimming

Having seen what the Thames looks like in London, there’s no way I could have imagined discovering such fantastic wild swimming spots. It turns out, away from the grime of London and further towards the countryside, the river is a pretty nice place to hang out.  

There is more than lace and lavender in the Cotswolds

Having witnessed the busloads of tourists trundle down the cobbled streets of the Cotswolds, devouring quaint tea rooms and lace souvenirs, it’s not an area I thought was particularly us. But with stately history, excellent hiking, idyllic picnic spots and some world-class breweries, there’s more to the Cotswolds than meets the eye.  

The Wye Valley is an under-appreciated area in the country

Skirting the border between England and Wales and with beautiful natural scenery, the Wye Valley has quickly become one of our new favourite destinations in the UK. In an area spoilt with medieval ruins and a river that cuts the dramatic undulating landscape, there’s more than enough to keep us occupied for a few days. 

The Jurassic Coast is worth all the hype

The towering white cliffs, dilapidated castles, iconic seaside vistas and old English pubs are rightly, worthy of all the praise heaped on this beautiful part of Dorset.  We spent a few days exploring the area in late winter and we’re looking forward to seeing more of it. With the schools returning and crowds dropping, now might be the perfect time to take a peek. 


It’s a good question. While we’re in no particular hurry to take off travelling ourselves, it has been encouraging to see bookings start to pick up through our site, particularly to the Dolomites where many are heading to enjoy some socially distanced hiking in a spectacular location.

We’ll keep an eye on the situation and start travelling again when we feel like it’s the right thing to do.

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In the meantime stay safe and travel sensibly.

Mark & Paul.