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If your ideal holiday is an active one; if you’re happiest when exploring, clambering, cycling and rowing; if you live for the outdoors, there’s never a bad time to book a break. March? Bring it on. The British weather’s starting to pick up at this time of year, and even if there is still a chill in the air, well, it’s not going to stop you, is it?
The UK might not be steeped in dawn till dusk sunlight, but its countryside nevertheless retains an ethereal beauty of its own. Valleys thickly carpeted with mist; ancient castles doggedly withstanding the elements. Whether you’re a cyclist, rambler, rock climber or a combination of all three, Britain’s wilderness is the ultimate playground. We’ve rounded up a selection of holiday ideas that will quench your thirst for adventure.
March holiday cottages in idyllic locations
March holiday cottages in the Cairngorms
The UK’s largest national park could be the setting for a lifetime of adventure, let alone a short holiday. Running all the way from Aviemore in the north to Blair Atholl in the south, the Cairngorms is characterised by pine forests, hillsides topped with heather and capped with cairn stones and rare birds including the capercaillie. Bring your binoculars, bring some waterproofs and – if you’re a thrill-seeker – bring a GoPro. You’ll want to capture the best moments of your trip whether they be hurtling down a hillside on a full-suspension bike or kayaking along the River Dee.
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March holiday cottages in Snowdonia
What’s the best way to reach the peak of Wales’ highest mountain – by hiking? Climbing? Mountain biking? By train? Perhaps even a combination of all four. Even if you elect not to scale the summit of Snowdonia, it will be there, watching over you wherever you roam within Snowdonia National Park. Closer to sea level, Llŷn Peninsula is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but then that description could be applied to pretty much all of Snowdonia. Rare flora, rare fauna and rare steaks, seared to perfection, are all synonymous with this exquisite part of Wales.
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March holiday cottages in Cornwall
By March, temperatures in Cornwall should already be well into double figures. Not warm enough to take a dip in the sea perhaps, though there’s nothing to stop you from dipping a toe into the chilly waters before coming to your senses and retreating to the pub. In truth, Cornwall doesn’t even need good weather to deliver a brilliant holiday. The Eden Project, home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest, is warm and humid all the year round. On the coast, meanwhile, there’s the Lizard Peninsula, home to some of England’s best beaches including the idyllic Polurrian Cove Beach.
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March holiday cottages in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire may be landlocked but it certainly isn’t short of water. Head there in March and you’ll be just in time to take a boat trip from Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre, which will have reopened days earlier. One of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, Standedge is Britain’s longest canal tunnel, extending all the way under the Pennines. Amidst the gloom, it exudes an eerie beauty as you pass under the solid rock, tool marks still visible on its jagged ridges. When you’re ready for some daylight, Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and Hyde Park Picture House offer enough attractions to occupy the whole family.
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March holiday cottages in Nottinghamshire
Nottingham may be famous for Robin Hood, but its greatest lure lies not in the legends of the past but in the natural beauty of the present. That said, Sherwood Forest, while smaller than it may have been at its 10th-century peak, is still a remarkable expanse of mature woodland. Crisp leaves underfoot and green leaves overhead will mark your stroll through one of England’s greatest forests, now a national park. As you explore Nottinghamshire, you’ll encounter the places frequented by the region’s other legendary figures including DH Lawrence and Lord Byron.
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My little cottage is 200 years old and would have once been the gardeners cottage, although sadly no garden but there is a south facing sunny terrace in the front to sit out. It is therefore full of character but quite SMALL with low doors and ...
Spacious cottage in quiet position close to Walmer Green and the sea. Two bedrooms, two sitting rooms, bathroom, well equipped kitchen/dining room. Sunny garden at rear. Gas fired central heating throughout. Safe parking in road. Deal centre ten...
Set at the end of a 'no through' road, Sunnybank Farm Cottages offers two bedroomed accommodation with outstanding views over the glorious Herefordshire countryside. Ideally situated for walking or hiking with footpaths and bridle ways in the nea...
Semi detached terraced cottage in a row of three, next door to Cradle cottage and close to Meggie Allan's cottage. Five minute's walk to Crail, perfect for families, couples and pet owners.
Sypsies cottage is tastefully decorated with comfort in m...
Terraced cottage in a row of five, nestled between Lairdsgate and May Isle Cottages along from The Nuttings and Kirkmay cottages. Five minute's walk to the heart of historic Crail, perfect for families, couples and pet owners. This property has a ...