After so long penned in, looking at the same four walls, it is at last time to travel again. As restrictions across the country ease, there are plenty of places where you can get a change of scene, enjoy pastures new and explore on foot (or hoof!) Here’s some inspirational ideas from Wooly.
How about Beer? Don’t mind if I do! This delightful Devon fishing village sits on the south coast between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. It’s on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the South West Coast Path and has a shingle beach and caves to explore – once the haunt of smugglers! And while the welcoming pubs aren’t open for refreshment just yet, an invigorating walk to Beer Head will stretch your legs. Just remember to take your ‘stout’ walking shoes!
Hungry? Fancy Sandwich? If you’re in the mood for a picnic, this Kent town will serve you well. It’s packed with a tasty selection of ancient timber-framed buildings and was once an important port. Take a walk around the town walls and wander along the banks of the River Stour. When you’ve had your fill, why not head to Ham, 3 miles away, for an alfresco lunch in the countryside.
And if the spring weather is a bit chilly, how about Wool? The village is nestled in Hardy’s Wessex and is surrounded by locations that inspired the author of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, including Woolbridge Manor. While social distancing is still in place, it’s an ideal destination to get you Far From the Madding Crowd.