So, it has finally arrived, the gloomy month of January. Whilst it may feel tempting to just stay in bed amongst all the doom and gloom whilst waiting for the arrival of spring, you should know that the UK has an abundance of amazing places to visit in these winter months! So, don’t just stay in, enjoy the warm welcome that these British towns and villages provide.
The village of Bakewell in Derbyshire is the home of the famous Bakewell pudding and a visit here is guaranteed to elicit a feeling of inner warmth and cosiness. As well as being able to sample the spectacular Bakewell pudding at the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop for yourself, Bakewell is littered with traditional pubs where you can enjoy a delicious pint of craft ale. To walk off all that beer and pudding take a stroll amongst the magnificent views of the Peak District and take in some of that fresh, country Derbyshire[L1] air, you won’t find any better in all of England!
Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to be in Bakewell on a Monday, pop on over to the famous Monday Market where you can pick up delightful treats such as homemade pies to stalls selling vintage handmade jewellery and vintage clothes. Don’t forget the famous Bakewell pudding which can be found in abundance!
The original Bakewell shop in Bakewell Village
If you fancy exploring the best of the UK’s wildlife and woodlands this January then head on over to Pembrokeshire on the Welsh Coast. There are a whole host of January activities being run such as Winter Talks, Wild Foraging Mornings and Woodland Runs. Such activities really give you a chance to be a part of the local community in Pembrokeshire and experience nature in its purest, most unadulterated, authentic form, as well as learning how to interact and preserve nature. Not to mention that the woodlands, forests and mountain valleys in Pembrokeshire are some of the most ancient in the UK, with some of the stones from Stonehenge coming from the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire itself.
The Scottish Highlands
I know, I know, everyone says Scotland is best enjoyed in the summer, however the Scottish Highlands have quite a few jewels waiting to be discovered in the winter months. I can think of nothing more pleasurable than waking up at sunrise and seeing spectacular, frost covered lakes and snow-capped mountains in the cool, crisp January air.
If hiking on the mountains and taking in the spectacular scenery of the Highlands leaves you with an appetite, then you will be relieved to know the Highlands are home to some of the finest Michelin Starred Restaurants in the UK. One such place is Boath House in Nairn, Inverness-shire. It is the epitome of cosiness (Hygge[L2] for those that speak Danish) with roaring, crackling fires, over 20 acres of winter garden to explore and the warmest, most comfortable bedrooms in all of Nairn. Oh, and the food isn’t half bad either. With a menu that changes daily to reflect the seasonal changes you can be sure you will never be bored with your dining experience there no matter how long your stay. As advocates of the slow food movement, everything on the menu is provided from the Hotel’s own garden, with the rest being supplied from nearby small suppliers.