Quirky Escapes from the Royal Wedding

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Along with very many others in the UK and around the globe, I will be glued to the TV on April 29th to catch every minute of William & Kate’s nuptials.  However, being aware that for some people, this event is one big yawn, a waste of tax payers’ money, a monarchistic anachronism (insert objection to suit) here are four of my favourite places where, with a bit of effort, you could escape the celebrations.

Chesil Beach, Dorset

Chesil Beach Dorset

Recently made famous by Iain McEwan in his book ‘On Chesil Beach’ this undulating piece of coastline is a joy to wander along and get some fresh sea air from the English Channel.  Chesil Beach is one of the finest barrier beaches in the world, protecting a huge lagoon called the Fleet, home to vast flocks of water birds that swoop and drift overhead.  It’s over 17 miles long and curiously the pebbles increase in size as it goes eastwards.  Strolling along here you can forget all about wedding bells and listen for the curlew & skylark instead …

Grassington, Yorkshire Dales

Grassington Villa

This pretty Yorkshire village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is a great centre from which to explore the glorious countryside around. There are lots of unusual little shops, quaint cafes and an excellent visitor centre to find out more about the area. The sound of rushing water takes you on a short stroll from the village to the River Wharfe which tumbles over large rocks, through fields of sheep and dainty wild flowers.  In two shakes of a lamb’s tail you will be far from that madding wedding crowd …

Buxton, Derbyshire Peak District

The Royal Hospital, Buxton

Buxton, known at ‘The Gateway to the Peak District, has a faded charm that reflects its illustrious past. If your idea of escape is to do a little walking, shopping and watching the world go by, this could be just right. Once a famous spa town frequented by royalty and gentry from all over England, you can still drink the warm waters from a geo-thermal spring at St Ann’s Well – just bring your own bottle.  Sitting in the Pavilion Gardens, on the famous Slopes or at one of the many little tea shops, you could be a million miles away from all the wedding razzmatazz …

Moss Eccles Tarn, The Lake District

Moss Eccles Tarn

My last choice is in the gorgeous Lake District.  I’ve chosen Moss Eccles Tarn as an example of how easy it is to escape the crowds without having to go too far off the beaten track. This perfect little lake is only about 20 minutes’ easy walk from one of the most visited places in the area; and that’s all I’m going to tell you. It’s easy enough to find if you want to and from here you can get all the tranquillity and escapism anyone could wish for …

Here are some other quirky ideas for escape via Visit Britain Twitter fans:

@AboutLondon  The Scottish Highlands deserve a mention. Especially The Isle of Skye

@goodlivingguide Do some of the Bristol tours in and discover an inspiring side to city dwelling

@NomadKeith Places St. Kilda springs immediately to mind!

@GoUKcom  Got to be somewhere remote sans communication, or somewhere where there is a blanket ban on the Royal Wedding

@froufrou We are sailing to the Isle of Wight – without tv or radio of course ; )

@TruTourism Bushcraft weekend in Wales & build your own shelter to sleep in overnight. Did it last year. Superb escape.

@eurapart Camping, Youth Hosteling anywhere without a TV set

@preseliventure  Escape the royal wedding: jump off a cliff in Pembrokeshire :)

@DiscoverRutland Escape England’s biggest wedding in England’s smallest county – Rutland!

@ArtrixArts VisitBritain Artrix is having an afternoon screening of Kick Ass followed by Prodigy tribute band ‘Jilted Generation’

@CrichTramway Ride a quirky vintage tram at Crich, Derbyshire

And finally, if you really want to watch it on TV, here’s a tip from Canadian traveller @Journeywoman … ‘Take a bus to Oxford. Great fun to watch the proceedings on the telly in a pub along with locals.’

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9 Responses to “Quirky Escapes from the Royal Wedding”

  1. The Londoneer
    April 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    If you’re in London on the Royal Wedding Day things get a bit more difficult, but you can still ‘get away from it all’ with a bit of effort.

    I recommend the following three destinations within the M25 where you can leave civilisation behind, just for a few hours:

    The Greenway, a virtually unknown path that runs from Hackney to Beckton past the Olympic Park which is usually almost entirely free of other human beings.

    Trent Valley Country Park – a vast wilderness just around the corner from Cockfosters tube station at the end of the Piccadilly line

    Epping Forest – reached from various points along the eastern stretch of the Central line, its very easy to get lost in this enormous ancient forest. Make sure you take something with you that has GPS, or have a good map and a compass to hand!

  2. Vicky
    April 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Commune with the red squirrels on Brownsea Island

    http://postcards-pfte.blogspot.com/2011/04/sandbanksbrownsea-island.html

  3. Jan Slack
    April 20, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    We’re running photography courses at many of our 125 venues around the UK. We’re mostly in stately homes and other picturesque venues, so it’s a great day out as well as educational.

  4. Lucy
    April 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I think you might mean Ian McEwan…

    • Zoë Dawes
      June 21, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      Thanks Lucy – you’re right. I’ve changed it
      Z

  5. Zoe Dawes
    April 25, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Just had a comment from someone on Twitter asking what my favourite escape is in Wales. It’s the Lleyn Peninsula… Some great beaches including the small but perfectly formed Porthor aka NT beach’Whistling Sands’ (due to the squeak your feet make on the sand), Abersoch for sailing and Morfa Nefyn with its quaint pub right on the beach.

    Nearby is nearby one of the quirkiest places in the UK; Portmeirion, an Italian-style fantasy village where the 60s TV series ‘The Prisoner’ was filmed.

  6. Mark Stanley
    April 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Totally agree with you about Chesil beach – it is an amazing place. It was at the end of my road growing up as a teenager – so lucky :-)

    Different author though – you mean Ian McEwan rather than Martin Amis! My favourite is Moonfleet by J Meade Falkner – all about smuggling in the area. One of her characters is buried at All Saints Church in Wyke Regis – shot by HM Customs!

    For myself – well we are going to be walking all weekend, putting the final touches to the walk2012 route before we open it to the public.

    Cheers, Mark

  7. ML Awanohara
    April 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    What a wonderful set of suggestions on how to spend April 29, if one happens to be in the UK and isn’t a royalist.

    The first photo, of Chesil Beach in Dorset, made me think of the novelist Kristin Ashley, who wrote a guest post for The Displaced Nation on this very topic. She claims that if the weather is fine on Friday, she won’t be sitting in front of the TV. Thanks to your photo, I can now picture the beach she will be sitting on. (Perhaps literally: Kristin lives in a small seaside town in the West Country.)

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