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Top 5: UK Outdoorsy Good Times

By Alice Tate

Alice Tate

Alice Tate

Head of PR, The Hoxton


We’re always wanderlusting through Alice’s Instagram. If there’s a windswept scenic view, perfect picnic spot for outside wine-ing, or a great countryside bolthole, rest assured, she knows it. Alice has given us five of her favourite out-of-London spots, for fun and fresh air. Thanks Alice!

1) The South East Devon Coast

Best for: Blustery coastal walks, epic views, and proper pub lunches.
Why you love it here: Miles and miles of South West Coast Path to explore with no need for any orienteering skills!
Where to stay: Glebe House, the perfect country bolthole for any interiors lover.
Top tip: Beer to Branscombe is one of my favourite stretches of the South West Coast Path. Fuel up on crab sandwiches on the beach in Beer.

Alice Tate

2) Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Best for: A leisurely cycle along the seafront with stops for swims.
Why you love it here: It’s flat, by the sea, and with loads of wildlife to spot.
Where to stay: Tillingham.
Top tip: Skip Camber Sands and head to Winchelsea Beach – it’s much quieter, and you can cycle along the path right into Rye. Or for a pint at William The Conqueror.

Alice Tate

3) Dorset’s Studland Peninsula

Best for: Coastal path walks, calm ocean swims, sandy beaches, and fish and chips.
Why you love it here: Again, this is S.W.C.P territory so expect easy-to-follow walks with amazing geological formations.
Where to stay: Camp! Primrose Fields is a wildflower meadow that operates as a campsite 10 weeks every summer. Book your pitch now.
Top tip: Swim under the arch of Durdle Door – it’s a bucket list swim for all abilities.

Alice Tate

4) Elmley Nature Reserve

Best for: Escaping London.
Why you love it here: Calm and serene, with oodles of wildlife and paths to roam.
Where to stay: In a luxury woodland tent. If you prefer a proper bed and walls, stay in the farmhouse.
Top tip: Whitstable is right across the Swale, so drive over for oysters and fizz for lunch.

Alice Tate

5) Peak District

Best for: Mountain walks and all the best of the north, without the crowds of the Lakes.
Why you love it here: All the hills, all the views.
Where to stay: Callow Hall opens later this year which is gonna be beaut, with interiors by the very talented Isabella Worsley. Otherwise, there’s a gorgeous Kip Hideaways escape in Alstonefield that makes for the perfect self-catering base.
Top tip: Don’t pass up sampling bakewell tarts in Bakewell – a rambler’s picnic essential!

Alice Tate
Originally published on
5th July 2021


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