Feel on top of the world in Snowdonia
If you want your bank holiday to be brimmed full of adventure and achievement, there’s no better way of spending it than sat on top of a glorious Welsh mountain, lording it 3,000ft up above scenery that’s teeming with character. You could climb any of the mountain ranges in the area and feel rightfully proud of yourself afterwards.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed time you can still enjoy the Snowdonia National Park by packing up a picnic and setting off on the Llanfairfechan Trail in the Conwy Valley. This circular walk features 4.5 miles of tracks, farmland and marshy terrain leading up to the foothills of the Carneddau mountain range where you’ll find many Stone Age delights.
The ‘Enjoy Snowdonia’ app is downloadable to your smartphone and provides you with route maps and information on other activities to make sure you get them most out for your weekend in the region.
Get active in Norfolk
If you’re looking for somewhere to stretch your legs then look no further than the gorgeous rural expanse that is Norfolk. Suck in the sights and sea air as you walk along the ancient Peddars Way first forged by the Romans. Choose from an exciting range of walks between 2 and 9 miles long. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous why not embark on a 46 mile hike of the entire trial over the weekend. It begins on Norfolk’s border with Suffolk and leads you all the way to the pretty coastal village of Holme-next-the-sea.
If you’d prefer something faster paced then hire a mountain bike and explore the pine tree patchwork of Thetford Forest on a number of thrilling routes available. Bike hire costs around £30 a day for adults and £20 for children.
Explore the history of the North York Moors
If you love to delve into our country’s past then the North York Moors National Park is the place for you to escape this bank holiday. The area boasts an almost unbelievable 12,000 archaeological sites including the ruins of Whitby Abbey and Mount Grace Priory. On the bank holiday Monday the Whitby Company of Archers will be at the Moors National Park Centre teaching visitors the ancient sport of archery.
There are more than 1,400 miles of routes and trails to choose from in and around the park so you are guaranteed to find one that suits you. If you’ve got an iPhone you can download the North York Moors Park app to help you find your way around the area.
Soak up some culture in Somerset
Why not visit Wells, Britain’s smallest city in the heart of Somerset. Peruse the magnificent Wells Cathedral with its awe-inspiring masonry and decoration. Grab something to eat in one of the city’s many pubs and restaurants before climbing the Glastonbury Tor to get a view of the stunning Somerset Levels and even watch the sunset.
You can’t visit Somerset without sampling some of the many ciders made locally. Still insight of the Glastonbury Tor you’ll find the Hecks Family Farm Shop where they’ve been making award winning ciders, perries and apple juices since 1840.
Find peace in Kent
If you’d rather not cram as much in to your bank holiday weekend and just enjoy the free time with your family, perhaps rural Kent could be for you. Take to the water in Newenden by hiring a family rowing boat for around £35. You can row your way along the tranquil River Rother to the impressive Bodiam Castle near Robertsbridge. This 14th-century medieval castle, complete with moat and sprawling grounds is the visual definition of a fairytale English castle.
Children will be able to enjoy archery lessons, hunt for wildlife and animals in the gardens and watch a full-size replica of a trebuchet firing throughout the day.