With the ever-changing restrictions and uncertainty of travelling abroad, many of us are choosing to staycation this year to avoid getting caught in a red listed country. The good news is that we’re lucky enough to be spoilt by nature in the UK, so we thought we’d shout out our top 3 favourite UK lake staycations.
Bala Lake, or Llyn Tegid, is situated in Gwynedd, Wales and is over 4 miles long and 1 mile wide at its widest point, this makes it the largest natural lake in Wales. Fun Fact-Bala Lake is an important home for rare 'gwyniad' fish - a species of fish that were trapped in the lake at the end of the last Ice Age some 10,000 years ago.
Things to Do
Bala lake is one of the country’s top activity hubs. You have access to water-sports such as kayak & canoeing, sailing, wind surfing, white-water rafting (our personal favourite), raft building, powerboating and gorge-walking, so you definitely won’t be short of things to do.
Don't fancy getting wet? There is still a load for you to get stuck into - climbing and abseiling along with mountain biking is available for all skills levels, from beginners to advanced climbers and riders - so, if you are like us, you will be turning up with all the gear and definitely no idea.
Accommodation in Bala
To top off your amazing trip to Bala Lake, you can stay at a fabulous campsite and take in more of those breath-taking views - lakeside! We know it's not a villa in the Bahamas, but it's very close unless it's raining - which never happens.... we (can’t) promise.
One of the largest man-made lakes in Europe, Rutland water is considered to be one of the best designed bodies of water, both environmentally and aesthetically. Set in over 3,000 acres of rolling countryside there are a wide variety of activities for visitors to get involved in, both around and on the water.
With a vast reservoir as its core, it’s no surprise that water-sports and sailing are the main leisure activities at Rutland, whether you’re a novice or an experienced sailor, there’s plenty of friendly help and advice to get you involved.
Inclusivity - At Rutland, they host the Rutland Sail-ability program, designed to enable people with any disability the opportunity to enjoy sailing in a safe and secure environment.
Rutland is home to a plethora of sporting events for the exercise enthusiasts to enjoy, such as the Dam busters Triathlon, The Vitruvian, Rutland Water Marathon and International CiCLE Classic race and the Swim Rutland Night Swim.
Where to Stay in Rutland
Open from mid-March to the end of October (conditions permitted), Rutland water campsite is a picturesque, sheltered spot - adjacent to the Sailing Club. Within close proximity is the cycle track around Rutland Water and only a short walk away is the local shop and pub – I think we all know which one of those is more essential **wink, wink**
Located in the Lake District Coniston Water is one of the country’s most idyllic spots with beautiful scenery surrounding the lake and lots of activities to get involved with. The most famous being the Old Man of Coniston, which a challenging hike at 2,633 feet (803 metres), It is one of the highest fells in the Lake District with several routes to the summit ranging in difficulty. Once at the top you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the rolling hills and sweeping valleys - not one to miss
Activities at Coniston
There are many other activities to enjoy on the beautiful shores of Coniston Water with motorboat, kayak, canoe, or paddle boarding all available or if your own equipment yourselves you can launch at your pleasure. Who needs the Costa del Sol when you can have good, old British sun, water, and a stunning mountain backdrop?
Best place to stay in Coniston
There are loads of camping spots on and around Coniston, but our favourite has to be Coniston park, set within 63 acres of National Trust woodland, this site offers open glades and easy access to the attractions at Coniston. This scenic, peaceful base is ideal for an active holiday that will keep the whole family entertained. And for those that prefer a more luxurious stay, they have amazing glamping pods on site.
The past 2 years have been difficult to say the least, but we must make the best with what we have and the fabulous places the UK has to offer. We may not have the guarantee of sun, but you are sure to find endless hidden gems.