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Advice: Benefits of buying a holiday home

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The great outdoors, and walking in particular, is now more appealing than ever. We explore one area that is a beacon for walkers – and a shining example of why to buy a holiday home.

With the tsunami of negative impact on the tourism industry that coronavirus has created has come a gigantic wave of positivity that is pushing the idea of buying a holiday home into unprecedented prominence. Open spaces, the great outdoors, pursuits that take us away from towns – and people – have this year become more enticing than ever before.

Buying a holiday home in a place that’s away from centres of population is surely the way forward as couples and families redefine their holiday preferences. You could say we’ve all become antisocial – but we all want to stay safe, and that means, for the most part, staying away from other people in our leisure time. So, off the list for many people are pursuits like visiting museums, spending a happy hour or two in a secondhand bookshop, mooching around shops and galleries in pretty villages with narrow streets where people can’t help but walk close to each other… Eating out has lost a lot of its appeal for many, too. And so has going to a pub.

Instead, the great outdoors becomes more attractive than ever before. With that comes a rise in the demand for holiday homes – your home from home retreat where you can holiday in your own style. Walking, in particular, now has enhanced appeal. Hills, beaches, moorland and downland beckon. The Peak District, Wales, Scotland, the Yorkshire Dales, Dartmoor, the South Downs, the Lake District, coastal path walking galore… The list of locations is endless. And everywhere within them, or near them, there are opportunities to buy holiday homes on lovely parks.

Mountains of the Lake District are visible from Arnside Knott

Inspired by the current rise in holiday home appeal though we are, we couldn’t explore the whole UK for this article, so we picked one area which offers so much walking variety that it stands out as a beacon for the entire pursuit of walking – and for the benefits of buying a holiday home. Coastal paths, woodland glades, hill climbs, limestone screes, limestone pavements – it’s all to be found in one area of the northwest. This is the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its website describes it as ‘an extraordinary place’. It’s a microcosm of the walking riches that can be found in many parts of the UK.

Best of all, it’s on the southern fringe of the Lake District and also within easy travelling distance from West Yorkshire. So, if you are contemplating buying a holiday home in the Lake District, Lancashire or West Yorkshire, you might well be inspired by what we found in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. It’s recognised as one of England’s finest landscapes and is noted for its diverse range of birds, plants and butterflies.

Beach walks along the Kent Estuary

The area covers around 30 square miles and is bordered to the north by the River Kent as it flows from Milnthorpe into Morecambe Bay and to the south by the River Keer that reaches the sea just north of Carnforth. On the east side, it’s bordered by the A6. The most spectacular part of this region that straddles the border of Cumbria and Lancashire is the ancient one-time port of Arnside, and the hill that rises above it, called Arnside Knott, from which there are views of the Lake District mountains and the shoreline of Morecambe Bay. One of the best walks takes you from Arnside Knott to the lower hill of Heathwaite, and then down, through field footpaths, to the beach on the Kent Estuary.

If ever there was an area that illustrates the benefits of buying a holiday home, it is this one. Importantly, when you are considering an area for your investment in leisure, you want to make sure there is plenty to interest you on every visit to your holiday home, and this example corner of Britain certainly ticks that box.

 

If you’re interested in buying a park or holiday home, or you already have one and want inspiration on how to get the most from your park home, then Park and Holiday Home Inspiration magazine is for you. Better still you can download a copy right now, just click here to get the latest copy of Park and Holiday Home Inspiration magazine.

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