National Walking Month kicks off in May, making for the perfect excuse to book a walking holiday for the bank holidays !
The good news is, you don’t need to blow your budget on going abroad for some breathtaking views – in fact, the UK boasts some seriously beautiful trails.
Whether you’re after a seaside stroll on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path or want to explore lusciously green countryside at Yorkshire’s Three Peaks, there’s something for everyone – so it’s no wonder that hikers often favour a staycation for a mini break.
The best part is that even accommodation is budget-friendly. From cosy cottages with hot tubs to picturesque homes with sea views, Sykes Cottages have revealed some of their best cheap holiday rentals that are right by the UK’s most popular walking trails.
We take a look at how you can have the ultimate walking holiday right here in the UK, especially if you’re saving your pennies…
1. Coastguard Cottages, Coverack
On the doorstep of: The South West Coast Path
Quite literally on the path itself, this cottage is ideal if you’re looking to explore just some of the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path.
England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail, it’s perfect for seasoned walkers who want to push themselves or for beginners who just want to enjoy the coastal views.
Sleeping up to six people, this homely cottage boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms, not to mention the spacious living room has an open fire that’s perfect for warming up by after a day in the great outdoors!
It has a spectacular South West Coastal Path location, not to mention it’s just a short walk from the beach and the small friendly village of Coverack on the stunning Lizard Peninsula.
As for food? Although the cottage has a kitchen, there’s also a pub less than a mile away, while the village’s harbour is home to a host of brilliant pubs and restaurants for some quintessentially British grub.
How much? Prices start from £499 for seven nights. Click here to book or call 01244 617683.
2. The Anchorage, Cockburnspath, Scotland
On the doorstep of: Southern Upland Way
This holiday home boasts some seriously breathtaking views thanks to its dramatic clifftop location! The best part is it’s just a short walk down onto the stony beach below, not to mention you can easily reach the Southern Upland Way – Scotland’s longest official Long Distance Path.
The Anchorage is in the village of Cockburnspath where the trail ends, making for easy access.
Meanwhile the house itself is brilliant if you’re travelling with a hiking group, as it can sleep up to eight people. There are plenty of double rooms – one of which is ensuite – and bathrooms, as well as a garden with a decked area which is ideal for sipping on wine and taking in the sunset views.
Well-behaved dogs are also welcome, so you don’t need to leave your beloved canine back at home or in expensive kennels!
How much? Prices start from £554 for seven nights. Click here to book or call 01244 617683.
3. The Keys Cottage, Clun
On the doorstep of: Offa’s Dyke
With its cosy living room, large fireplace, woodburning stove and picturesque surroundings, Keys Cottage is ideal for couples after a romantic getaway.
The iconic Offa’s Dyke is a stone’s throw away so it’s ideal if you’re looking to make the most of the lusciously green trails – the sportier may also want to bring their bike and embark on one of the cycling trails on offer.
Nestled in the South Shropshire Hills in the historic village of Clun, this quaint cottage has double bedrooms, one of which has an ensuite shower room, as well as a Juliet balcony for taking in the views.
It’s only a ten-minute walk to the centre of Clun, where you can take a leisurely stroll through the tranquil streets and take in the pretty houses, ancient packhorse bridge, and traditional pubs.
How much? Prices start from £341 for five nights. Click here to book or call 01244 617683.
4. Beckside Cottage, Cowling
On the doorstep of: The Pennine Way
This ground floor stable conversion is set in the grounds of a farmhouse just a mile from Cowling, so it’s perfect for those looking for peace and quiet.
The cosy cottage has an open plan living space with a sitting area that includes a woodburning stove, not to mention there’s a separate dining area and fully-equipped kitchen for foodies who want a proper home-cooked meal.
Spent the whole day walking? When you get back, there’s also a glorious hot tub in the garden that’s ideal for spa-worthy rejuvenation.
These extra luxurious comforts could leave you struggling to tear yourself away from this stone-built detached cottage, but if you do head out there are plenty of scenic hiking and cycling trails around, not to mention you can walk a section of the 267-mile-long Pennine Way.
How much? Prices start from £449 for seven nights. Click here to book or call 01244 617683.
5. Llys-y-Gân, Fishguard
On the doorstep of: Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
Tucked away in a quiet residential street in Fishguard, this charming cottage boasts light, airy rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and two sitting rooms.
There’s even a piano for more musical guests, while the garden has everything you need for alfresco dining in the summer months.
The property boasts the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path right on the doorstep, so it’s ideal if you’re looking to take on the award-winning walking route.
Otherwise, it’s a short stroll to sitting areas overlooking the harbour, not to mention there’s plenty of attractions such as the Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort and Shire Horse Farm nearby – or if you’re staying for a week, you may want to consider one of the day trips to Ireland on offer!
How much? Prices start from £331 for seven nights. Click here to book or call 01244 617683.