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.
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.
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