There are plenty of us still suffering from the after effects of over-indulgence during Christmas and New Year but fear not, GoEuro has come to our rescue and suggested five places to go to assist us in our detox process and help us feel more rejuvenated this January.
The travel search website has combined both indoor and outdoor activities so there is something for everyone to get involved in, whether you are looking for an active weekend away or something a little less strenuous:
Secluded Scottish national park
To help you nurse your New Year hangover, why not visit one of the UK’s quieter national parks, such as Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Cairngorm has one of the most impressive glacial landscapes outside of Canada, with granite tors and deposits from the Ice Ages. It’s one of the country's most cared for landscapes with a wide variety of traditional and unique villages and communities with stunningly clean rivers and lochs as well as moorland and farmland. Cairngorms would be the perfect place to enjoy a little peace and quiet whilst appreciating all that nature has to offer.
Devonshire yoga retreat
Bring out your spiritual side this year by visiting a yoga retreat and work on your strength and flexibility whilst using breathing techniques and meditation to boost your physical and mental wellbeing. There are a number of fantastic yoga retreats in the UK, such as The Forge Yoga Centre in Totnes, Devon. Each teacher here offers their own style of yoga and techniques, they offer drop-in classes suitable for both beginners and those who are more experienced. Alternatively you could visit a Buddhist centre, such as Yoga Jeanie in East Sussex or Dhanakosa in the Scottish Highlands.
Explore the history in Rye
Rye in East Sussex is one of the most complete medieval villages in the UK. The vibrant town makes this place one of the most ideal bases for a holiday of discovery, or a relaxing short break. Walk along the cobbled streets and discover the ancient buildings, secret passageways and antique shops that sell everything from glassware, frames to desks and clothing. The Romney Marshes makes an excellent rest-point for cyclists and the green pastures and river that Rye offers creates the most picturesque scenery. Indulge in a little cake and tea in one of the local cafes or treat yourself to some seafood delight along the harbour.
Get active in the Lake District
For those of you looking for a more active weekend away then look no further than Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. In the late 19th century, wealthy businessmen from Lancashire built grand mansions overlooking the lake, many of which have now been converted into hotels. Windermere is the perfect location for active families seeking cycling, hiking or water-based activities like swimming or boating, there is a programme on offer that is packed with events and guided walks so there are plenty of things to do. Windermere is a busy little town just over a mile from the lake and has a good variety of local shops to have a wander in. Another breath-taking location to visit this January is Penrith in Cumbria which is one of the top places for exploring unspoilt British countryside. Just three miles from the boundaries of the Lake District National Park, it is ideal for long walks and the beautiful scenic views.
Scottish seaweed spa
Try something therapeutic and relaxing and visit Diana Drummond’s seaweed skincare spa in Scotland. They offer a variety of products that have been developed using traditional formulations and organic ingredients and their products are cruelty free and none of their products contain harmful chemicals. If you’re still not convinced, you could travel to the Pennines in West Yorkshire and try Titanic, the UK’s first eco-spa set in a traditional textile mill built in 1911. Here you can enjoy a range of spa treatments, wellness facilities and exclusively organic and fair trade food.
By Natasha Akpan – www.femalefirst.co.uk