Jul 28, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
‘Are we nearly there yet?’ It is the dreaded question which will be heard in cars across the country as the summer holidays get into full swing, and which usually signals the tipping point for tempers.
The journey to a holiday destination is often considered the final hurdle between holidaymakers and the break they’ve been looking forward to.
But with 37 million people choosing to holiday at home last year, it seems the ‘staycation’ is here to stay. And that means those journeys, on holiday routes at peak times, are set to be even busier.
Rather than driving you to distraction, the holiday journey could actually take you on a journey of discovery.
Using these simple travel tools you can plan a stop-off either before you set off or en route.
- Visit highways.gov.uk/traffic to check traffic conditions
- Tune into DAB Traffic Radio
- Download the Highways Agency iphone app for live traffic information
- Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/holidayroutes
- Check your route on www.transportdirect.info
And to make sure your adventure is a safe one:
- Ensure your vehicle is serviced and ready for the journey
- Check screen wash and tyre pressures including caravans and trailers
- Don’t overload a roof rack or bike rack. Ensure you firmly secure it
- Sun glare can be hazardous for driving. Take a good pair of sunglasses
- Travel prepared for delays by having an emergency kit including a map, warning triangle, fluorescent jackets, first-aid kit, relevant medication, food, water and warm/waterproof clothing
- Take regular breaks on long journeys
Participants from across the country were asked to choose their most favoured counties across a number of criteria including natural beauty, weather, tourist attractions and cleanliness. Cornwall was most popular and scored highly across the set of criteria with Devon coming in a close second. Almost three quarters of those polled expressed an interest in visiting Cornwall in the coming year citing it as best for hospitality, scenic views and containing the nicest towns and villages. Neighbouring county Devon was the second favourite in these categories while Cumbria came in third overall while being named best for wildlife but was a less favourable destination due to its unsettled weather. Merseyside and West Midlands were named as counties that suffered from a lack of natural beauty.
When asked how Britain’s natural beauty compared to that of the rest of Europe, 87% of people believed the British landscape was as scenic as or better than the mainland. The main reasons put forward that might put tourists off from visiting the British Isles were weather, high costs of transport and the exchange rate.
Malcolm Bell of VisitCornwall comments: “Our visitors are consistently telling us that it is the quality of Cornwall’s natural environment that attracts them here and it is fantastic that this survey not only backs that up but recognises Cornwall’s beauty as being above and beyond that of any other destination. Any visitor to the county can’t fail to be visually impressed; Cornwall’s unique location is undoubtedly one of our greatest assets and is a invaluable unique selling point.”
The top 5 most scenic counties in Britain:
- Cornwall (65% of the vote)
- North Yorkshire
Jul 7, 2010
From Nicky Andrews: "On behalf of my family, I would like to say what a fantastic holiday we had recently at
Sue Marsh came to Helsbury with her dogs and she said: "This is the first time we have been to Helsbury Park and the whole family including the 3 grey beasties had a brilliant week at Broadview and will defiantly be making a return visit next year. Tired, happy weimaraners means relaxed owners, thank you."