The UK has some of the best and most varied scenery in the world, and if you haven’t explored the wonders of your local area, or the rest of the country, you’re definitely missing out! One of the most interesting aspects of the British countryside is the access to all forms of waterways, lakes and seas. Wherever you are in Britain you won’t be more than a couple of hour’s drive from the beach, and the variety of rivers, canals, lakes, and waterfalls across every part of the country provides plenty of opportunity for water-orientated enjoyment.
Rivers and lakes
If you have an interest in wildlife, water courses are some of the best places to see native flora and fauna. Many birds, animals and plants, such as otters, water voles and dippers, live exclusively by the water, and many waterways provide a temporary home to migrating birds in spring and autumn. Fishing is still the most popular recreational pursuit in the country, so if you’re a fisherman, or fancy having a go, head for the fishing hotspots. You could go to one of the many fishing lakes available for coarse fishing, most commonly carp lakes but in some places catfish and pike as well. Or you could fly fish from the banks of a river, a quintessentially British pursuit. For something a bit different, how about heading out in a boat or a fishing kayak such as the Feel Free Lure 10. On larger lakes you’ll have the opportunity to water-ski or sail in a hired boat too.
Britain’s coast has something for everyone from the glorious golden sands at Bournemouth, to the fossil-hunters paradise of the Jurassic coast, and the fascinating rockpools and sea life of the north west coast. The variety of beaches available means you do have to find out what each beach is like, as one cove can be completely different from the next stretch of beach. As well as simply soaking up the sun on a sandy beach, the coast is another excellent place for wildlife, with rockpools being a common feature, and in some places access to seals and dolphins. You could take a boat trip, or hire a boat for the day for some sea-fishing, which is very different to fresh water fishing; go surfing, or just do some beachcombing and build sandcastles with the kids.
A remnant of the industrial revolution, Britain’s network of canals has been restored for leisure pursuits, and taking a narrowboat holiday is the ideal way to relax and escape from your everyday life. The Norfolk broads are an excellent place for canals, but there are restored canals across the whole country that welcome not only narrowboats, but walkers and riders as well. One of the most impressive canals is the Kennet and Avon, which runs across the south west through Devizes, where there is a spectacular series of locks that take you up to the top of Caen Hill.
Whatever you enjoy doing, the waterways of Britain are some of the best places to spend your holidays.