With the traffic light system for foreign travel due to be updated later this week, many of us are facing continued uncertainty about an overseas getaway – with even the double jabbed grappling with the prospect of swabs, certificates and passenger locator forms just to step foot on a plane.
There is no doubt that opting for a British break avoids a lot of the fuss that is now built into a trip abroad. And, although the increased demand means availability may be scant and prices steep in those particularly popular hotspots – Cornwall, Devon et al – there are still plenty of possibilities for those who want to travel while staying in the UK.
This feature picks 25 of them, and in a range of styles and budgets – from cycling tours that cross the Cairngorms and hiking odysseys which run across the rooftops of the Lake District, to luxury sojourns in Somerset castles and multi-generational reunions in Herefordshire cottages.
The summer may not involve Spanish beaches and Tuscan hills but if you would rather take the shorter, simpler route to holiday relaxation, you still have time.
Active escapes for all holidaymakers
Walk with giants
Any suggestion that Britain does not have spectacular geography of the sort that defines American road trips is rather punctured by the sharpness of the terrain where County Antrim meets the Irish Sea. This, of course, is the realm of the Giant’s Causeway, its 40,000 interlocked basalt columns spilling out into the waves – but also of Rathlin Island, the R-shaped shard of low ground where kittiwakes and guillemots soar.
Macs Adventure (0141 319 4601; macsadventure.com) offers an eight-day self-guided Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens walking tour which explores the area in detail. From £675pp