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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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Bryn Hoel is a charming, double bay fronted, detached cottage, with superb sea views, in the coastal village of Llanfair, just over a mile from the historic castle town of Harlech and can sleep eight people. This cottage has two double bedrooms, t...
The Lodge is one of a group of seven holiday cottages converted from old mine offices in the hamlet of Ruffside near to Edmundbyers in County Durham. The cottage is made up three bedrooms and two bathrooms and has an open plan living area with a k...
Tanderra is a superb character cottage, formerly a miners’ cottage, situated just eight minutes’ walk away from Coniston and can sleep four people. The cottage has a super king-size double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a bathroom and an open plan livin...
The Granary is a character, first floor holiday cottage, converted from a barn, set on the owner's working farm amongst five other holiday properties. With one double bedroom and one children's bunk bedroom, this cottage can sleep up to two adults...
Cooinda Flat is a first floor apartment, above the owner's home in the village of Morar, three miles from the fishing village of Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland. The apartment sleeps five people in three bedrooms, consisting of two doubles a...