5 mindful destinations in the UK

Need more peace and quiet on holiday? Best Western’s most mindful destinations in the UK are perfect for a more relaxed getaway.
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Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be challenging and not every destination is suited to some well-deserved ‘me time’.

That’s why we’ve listed some of the most mindful destinations in the UK so you can really get away from it all.

River Waveney, Suffolk/Norfolk 

Most holidaymakers head to East Anglia for The Broads or North Norfolk’s Blue Flag beaches but a very different water-related pursuit can be enjoyed just moments away.

Wild swimming spots are sprinkled throughout Suffolk and Norfolk and the River Waveney, which separates the counties provides an idyllic 3km stretch of open water worthy of a paddle.

Fritton Lake is another brilliant wild swimming location. You’ll have to buy a membership to access the area but once you do you’ll find yourself at the heart of a 1,000 acre rewilding project where foraging tours and paddleboards exist side by side.

If a really wild weekend sounds like your kind of thing, why not book a stay with us at Best Western Brome Grange Hotel?

The Lake District, Cumbria

There are few places like The Lakes that make you feel so connected to nature.  

Walk the well-trodden paths, breathe in the clean Cumbrian countryside air and soak up the landscapes that inspired Wordsworth and other Romantic poets.

If you really want to throw yourself into your surroundings, why not try a spot of wild swimming? Black Moss Pot in the Langstrath Valley is a popular choice, while the waterfalls along Greenup Gill are a true hidden gem.  

Your options don’t end there, with plunge pools in Eskdale and Rydal Falls and even a small ‘beach’ area at Harrop Tarn in Thirlmere. 

Book a room with Ambleside Salutation Hotel &  Spa, WorldHotels Distinctive to get close to all the must-see beauty spots.

Sark, Channel Islands

Sark is known as ‘the jewel of the Channel Islands’, a sanctuary off the coast of Guernsey with a population of around 500 people. A place where cars are banned from the road to preserve its status as the first Dark Sky Island in the world.

There’s no need to pack a telescope for an impressive night-time display here, simply look up and gaze at the stars above. Astronomers and enthusiasts have been flocking to the island for decades to enjoy the stellar views and you can too.

For the best glimpse at the galaxy around us try visiting the observatory, a place where volunteers will happily talk through constellations and comets until the small hours.

The Best Western Hotel de  Havelet can be found just across the water in Guernsey and is the perfect hub to start your stargazing getaway from.

Kielder Forest, Northumberland

Nothing says ‘mindful holiday destination’ quite like the quietest place in the country. Kielder Forest earned the title from a tranquillity map made by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The largest forest in England offers all the peace and quiet you need to let go of the stresses of everyday life and to gain an appreciation for nature. Home to the largest man-made lake in the country too, there’s not many places that offer serenity on such a large scale.

If truly tranquil travel sounds like your cup of tea, why not book a room at Philipburn Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western?

North York Moors, Yorkshire

The North York Moors is a special place if you’re looking to refresh your mind, body and soul. There’s something for everyone, from spotting the UK’s smallest bird of prey and watching minke whales on the coast, to exploring fishing villages and gothic ruins.

The National Park is a sight to behold in summer, when the purple expanse of England’s largest heather moorland comes into full bloom. And then there’s the clear dark skies where visitors can gaze at up to 2,000 stars at a time. With more than 1,300 miles of tracks, lanes and trails, the opportunity to explores are almost endless.

Best Western Forest and Vale Hotel sits on the edge of the moors, so why not book a stay with us?

And remember, every time you book a Best Western hotel you’re supporting local, proudly independent businesses, so you’re not just booking, you’re Booking Good! 

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