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Enjoy an Amazing Staycation on a Budget

It’s not surprising that people are now choosing to enjoy a fabulous staycation with family and friends – why wouldn’t you with so many great places on the doorstep.

By Mary Mason

Enjoy an Amazing Staycation on a Budget - Herdwick Cottages Less travel time to your destination means more time to relax and enjoy. There’s also the added benefit of being able to experience a holiday like this on a budget, enjoying the simpler activities that conjure fond childhood memories, like family picnics and country bike rides.

When booking with Herdwick Cottages and Swaledale Cottages, you’ll choose from our great range of accommodation throughout the beautiful counties of Cumbria and Yorkshire, home to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Plus, we understand that sometimes you might need to change your plans. This is no problem as you can cancel your booking up to 2 days before you arrive and receive a refund. Learn more about Flexible Cancellation Cover through Master Cancel here.

Let’s take a look at some low-cost activities for your next staycation.

Get Active and Enjoy a Walk

What better way to explore the countryside than by going on an exhilarating walk. Blow away the cobwebs and breathe in the fresh air – this will boost your levels of serotonin – the happy hormone – and leave you feeling on top of the world.

Whether you decide to hike up into the mountains or perhaps take a more leisurely stroll on countryside paths and through woodlands, you’ll find it healing and therapeutic just getting out into nature.

Find details of great walks here:

Explore the Countryside on Two Wheels

Explore the lake district by bicycle - Herdwick Cottages

Getting out on your bike is the perfect way of taking in the sights, whilst also getting great exercise. Why not bring your bikes on holiday with you, or just hire them whilst you’re away. You’ll find lots of places where you can hire either a regular or maybe you’d prefer an electric bike – a bit of help to get up the hills!

There are lots of family-friendly cycle routes to explore throughout Cumbria and Yorkshire. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not experience a long-distance route such as the well-known Coast to Coast or Hadrian’s Cycleway.

Relax and Enjoy the Amazing Scenery

Don’t forget to schedule in some downtime to just relax and take in your stunning surroundings. Why not pack a few books so you can read some novels whilst you’re away.

Or simply sit back and experience the peace and tranquillity of the countryside – watch the world go by. You’ll return home feeling re-energised – batteries fully re-charged.

Take a look at this interesting article which explains how being in woodlands can help you to relax:

Woodland sounds help relaxation more than meditation apps – study

Pack a Delicious Picnic

I bet you’ve got lots of fond memories of going out for the day and enjoying a family picnic – there’s really nothing quite like packing up your favourite foods and finding the perfect spot to enjoy a meal al-fresco.

You might choose to sit and relax in beautiful gardens or maybe find a spot by a lake or river so you can also have a paddle – whatever you choose, it’s a great way of having some quality time with friends and family.

Enjoy Meals in Your Accommodation

At Herdwick Cottages and Swaledale Cottages, we have an amazing range of self-catering accommodation that provide a home away from home. You’ll have lots of opportunities to cook up some delicious meals and enjoy fun times together without the expense of eating out. Why not start the day with a delicious hearty breakfast before hitting the mountains. Return ‘home’, chat about your day’s activities and put the world to rights over a lovely evening meal.

Cumbria and Yorkshire are renowned for their excellent quality local produce. Herdwick Cottages and Swaledale Cottages are family-run businesses and firmly believe in supporting the local economy and community. We also like to show our appreciation for local charities – this year, we’re supporting Great North Air Ambulance Service – learn more about this here.

Ready to plan you next staycation? Herdwick Cottages (Lake District and Cumbria) and Swaledale Cottages (Yorkshire) has everything from campervans, motorhomes, glamping, lodges, right through to luxury cottages – something for all budgets and all requirements.

And with staycations being more popular than ever, keep up-to-date with our properties and availability by ‘liking’ our Facebook pages and getting regular updates:

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