We have had a quite a warm spring, and the temperatures in southern England, and the whole of the UK are set to stay hot for most, if not all of summer 2015. You are probably thinking “are we not told this every year?” Well, being as optimistic as I possibly can, I have made the decision to spend most of summer 2015 in the UK, to explore and seek out some hidden treasures in the South of England, and have a great British summer.
The South coast is packed with many fantastic locations to visit, as well as some superb places to eat and drink. My aim this summer is to find some of the south’s best kept secrets, and truly enjoy what this beautiful part of the world has to offer. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I have concluded that I’m extremely guilty of taking for granted what I have on my own back door. It’s time to change this!
My First British Summer Experience
I spent a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend in May near St Austell in Cornwall, sampling lots of local food and drink, and visiting some beautiful places. But most of all I enjoyed just relaxing for a few days in the picturesque Cornish countryside, despite a couple of days of not so good weather. Click here to read more…
Up Coming Experiences
Here are some of the other places in the South that I am planning to visit during my great British summer.
Arundel, West Sussex
Literally four miles from my home is the picturesque market town of Arundel. Arundel is set at the base of the South Downs, where the hills meet the River Arun. Arundel has both a cathedral and a castle. The castle was built in 1067, and for over 400 years has been home to the Duke of Norfolk’s family.
Even though I live so close to this beautiful town, it has been such a long time since I last visited that I can’t even remember when it was. Arundel is known for its many antique shops, as well as some great places to eat. I’m going to spend some time here this summer and seek out its not so well known places.
The New Forest
The New Forest is about an hour’s drive along the coast from me. Although I frequently drive past the forest, it has been years since I have actually stopped here. I spent many weekends in the New Forest when I was younger, mainly for family picnics and school camping trips, but I have never really explored this area since.
Located between Southampton and Bournemouth, The New Forest gained national park status in 2005, and in my opinion, is one the most beautiful places along the South coast of England.
Located in Dorset along the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove is a stunning example of a natural cove, formed over millions of years by a combination of erosion, weathering and wave action. The coastline in this area, including Lulworth Cove, was granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2001.
I visited Lulworth briefly a few years ago and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the cove itself and the nearby picturesque village of West Lulworth. I plan to return here and explore more of this breath-taking Dorset coastline.
These are the three places I plan to visit this summer, but I may well add to this list, as I love an excuse for a spontaneous trip away. As always, I will keep you posted!
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