With the days getting ever longer and the daffodils beginning to bloom; it looks like spring really is in the air. The coming months are ones of re-growth, re-birth and the perfect time to get in a good spring clean. Not only that but it’s a great excuse to head back out into the great outdoors! We have over 50,000 cottages across the UK so that you can visit the best destinations showing off spring in all its glory. So, what are you waiting for?
1. East Sussex
Sussex is known for having some of the sunniest spots in the UK, but this spring try swapping the beach for the stunning Brede High Woods. This lovely spot is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, but it is especially spectacular in spring. Covering a grand 647 acres, this woodland is home to a diverse range of wildlife and plant species. The bluebells are particularly pretty, and spring really brings the whole place to life. Found within the High Weald AONB, there are few better places in the UK to while away a sunny afternoon.
Cute baby animals are synonymous with spring, and what kid doesn’t get a kick out of spotting tiny lambs bounding about, and fluffy rabbits with floppy ears. In fields across the country you will be able to spot these frolicking newborns, and Suffolk has plenty of opportunities to meet some first hand. Why not take the kids to Ickworth? Here you’ll find miles of parkland and woodland, carefully looked after by the National Trust. As well as an excellent place to get out in the fresh air, there are about 2,000 of lambs born here every year, so you should have a good chance of spotting these youngsters.
Wales is known for its breath-taking scenery and is graced with several of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to pick from. Between the rugged coastlines and lush countryside, we think a trip to the Wye Valley AONB is a simply wonderful adventure. Found in south Wales, and stretching all the way up into England, the Wye Valley is especially gorgeous in spring. With sun-dappled trails, the view of the Lowe Wye Valley from the Eagle’s viewing point in Wyndcliffe is a great end to your hike. Having inspired poets and painters alike, visitors can marvel as this place comes to life; with the first green buds appearing on the trees and flowers bursting into full bloom.
Yorkshire is a stunning county to visit for a dose of fresh air anytime of year, but we think it is particularly pleasant in the spring. From the North York Moors to the Yorkshire Dales, there’s plenty of spring-time beauty to enjoy. There are also a wealth of National Trust spots to choose from; we are especially found of Nostell Priory with its beautiful manicured gardens. You’ll find an impressive house as well as the several gardens to explore. The Pleasure Grounds are not to be missed in spring; you’ll find bluebell, foxgloves, snowdrops and much, much more.
This pretty destination in the South West is well known for its cheese and cider, but it is also home to over 70 nature reserves. Dotted across the county, in all shapes and sizes, there is a nature reserve to suit just about everyone’s tastes. Spring is an excellent time to go wildlife spotting, so get your binoculars at the ready. For an excellent variety of wildlife to spot, head to Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve. While you’re here, challenge yourself to see just how many different species you can spot, from butterflies to dragonflies and voles to otters. The diverse habitats here guarantees you won’t be bored!