As we bid adieu to the warmth of the sun-kissed days and the balmy nights, we find ourselves at the crossroads of seasons. The end of summer marks a transition, a moment to reflect on the past few months and anticipate the wonders of the months to come. To celebrate the changing seasons, we've curated a list of UK getaways that allow you to savor the last of summer and embrace the beauty of autumn. Convenient train stations make these destinations easily accessible.
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Summer 2023 was nothing short of magical. From long, lazy beach days to adventurous hikes in the mountains, we made memories that will linger like the scent of sunscreen on our skin. But the beauty of the UK is that it offers something for every season, and as we bid farewell to summer, there are still plenty of opportunities for unforgettable experiences.
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St Ives is a quintessential Cornish town renowned for its breathtaking coastal scenery and vibrant art scene. The St Ives Train Station is conveniently located, making it an excellent starting point for your coastal adventure. Explore the narrow, winding streets, where you'll find charming shops, galleries, and seafood restaurants. St Ives boasts not just one but several stunning beaches, including Porthminster Beach, Porthmeor Beach, and the secluded Porthgwidden Beach. The South West Coast Path offers excellent hiking opportunities, taking you along rugged cliffs and to hidden coves. Don't miss the chance to visit the Tate St Ives, showcasing works inspired by the town's beauty.
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Your journey begins at Weymouth Train Station, a bustling seaside town with a beautiful sandy beach and a charming old harbor. From here, you can explore the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path to witness the dramatic landscapes, such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Fossil hunting is a must at locations like Charmouth and Lyme Regis. The town of Swanage is another highlight, offering nostalgic seaside charm. Discover the secrets of the ancient Earth as you explore this unique stretch of coastline.
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Moreton-in-Marsh Train Station is your entry point to the idyllic Cotswolds. This charming market town is quintessential Cotswold with its honey-colored stone buildings and traditional English pubs. Explore the Cotswold countryside with its rolling hills, picturesque villages, and meandering streams. Popular destinations like Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Chipping Campden are easily accessible by train or bus. Enjoy leisurely walks, visit historic manor houses, and indulge in cream teas in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
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View on Portree, Isle of Skye | Image credit: nataliyahora
Start your island adventure by taking a train to Kyle of Lochalsh, a small town on the mainland. From here, cross the Skye Bridge to reach the stunning Isle of Skye by bus (more info here). The island is famous for its rugged landscapes, including the iconic Old Man of Storr, the mystical Fairy Pools, and the dramatic Quiraing. Explore the charming town of Portree, known for its colorful buildings and bustling harbor. Skye offers opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and immersing yourself in Scotland's natural beauty.
Lake district | Image credit: Matthew Dixon
Begin your exploration of the Lake District in Windermere, a town nestled beside England's largest natural lake. Windermere Train Station provides easy access to boat trips on Lake Windermere and hikes in the surrounding fells. Ambleside, Keswick, and Grasmere are nearby towns worth visiting. The Lake District National Park offers a wealth of outdoor activities, from gentle strolls to challenging mountain hikes. You can also explore literary history by visiting the former home of poet William Wordsworth.
Scott Monument, Edinburgh | Image credit: Radu Daniel (MRD) | Pexels
Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is your gateway to Scotland's capital city. Edinburgh is a city of rich history, stunning architecture, and a vibrant cultural scene. Explore the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile, which leads to the iconic Edinburgh Castle. During the summer, the city hosts the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, showcasing a diverse range of performances. Discover the treasures of the National Museum of Scotland and take a stroll in the picturesque Holyrood Park, where you can hike up to Arthur's Seat for panoramic views of the city. Check out our guide on Edinburgh here.
Each of these destinations offers a unique experience, whether you're seeking coastal beauty, countryside charm, island adventures, national park wanderings, or the vibrancy of a historic city. The UK's end-of-summer getaways promise unforgettable memories and a chance to savour the last days of the season.
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