Covid-19 has created the most uncertain year in modern history – and in the UK, it has affected how we travel, both domestically and internationally. The landscape might be ever-changing, but we’ve rounded up some of the most brilliant things you can do this September as it stands.
When planning a vineyard trip, perhaps France, Italy or Portugal spring to mind. But did you know that England and Wales are home to more than 200 wine producers? Among them are Rodington Vineyard in Shropshire, known for its shiraz, Giffords Hall in Suffolk, which produces rosé, and Coates & Seely in Hampshire, which is lauded for its royal-approved bubbly.
Prague, in the Czech Republic, is included in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office list of countries that have been given the green light for travel to and from Britain. Enjoy a long weekend in the city and discover what it’s most famous for: Pilsner, dark and amber beers. The Strahov Monastic Brewery, established in 1628 and restored in the year 2000, is a popular place to try them. You’ll also get your history fill, a taste of hearty Czech cuisine and panoramic views.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, we recommend an old town penthouse complete with its own rooftop terrace for sipping wine while taking in the sunset over Petrin Hill.
The year 2020 has seen the cancellation and postponement of sporting events such as the London Marathon and Bolton’s Ironman Triathlon. However, you can still set fitness challenges on your terms – and Ben Nevis is one place to do that. At 1,345m (4,413ft), it’s the highest mountain in the British Isles, taking anywhere between seven and nine hours to climb, with the descent coming in at around three hours. Training for stamina is the name of the game here.
You’ll need all the home comforts you can get after clambering up the UK’s loftiest peak; and you’ll get them in abundance in an amazing lakeside retreat in Letter Finlay, a short drive from the foot of the mountain. Walk from your bedroom through a huge garden to steps that lead down to the loch, where you can enjoy your private beach and jetty.
Croatia, like the Czech Republic, doesn’t warrant any self-isolation when you get home. And with September temperatures often topping 26C (79F) in Dubrovnik, it makes a strong case for a late-summer getaway. Discovering the Unesco-protected city walls and old town should be high on the agenda for architecture lovers.
Bear in mind it can get quite crowded in the so-called Pearl of the Adriatic – all the more reason to rent your own Airbnb hideaway overlooking the medieval city, with stunning postcard views to wake up to every morning.
June and July are generally considered Britain’s high season for strawberry picking, though it’s not unusual to see it roll on into August and September. With friends and family in tow, book to go picking in one of Britain’s home counties, such as Hertfordshire, Hampshire or Buckinghamshire.
In southwest Wales sits the tiny harbour town of Tenby, recognised as one of the country’s best seaside destinations. Come rain or shine, head to this Pembrokeshire beauty spot to appreciate 13th-century architecture and a beautiful coastline; Castle Beach is an award-winning stretch.
There’s no shortage of friendly B&Bs here, but if you’d rather have your own place for a few days, then try this renovated one-bedroom apartment by the picturesque harbour. With an open-plan lounge and kitchen, there’s plenty of space for a romantic night in.
If travel overseas continues to feel a little daunting at this time, keep your trips local with a day visit to Brighton beach. In true English fashion, chips and ice cream should be on the menu, after an afternoon of sunbathing, swimming and winning big at the arcade.
For a place to stay, we recommend a centrally located, one-bedroom Victorian conversion – with all the modern conveniences you’d expect from a top-of-the-range Airbnb, yet retaining many original period features. It’s in the Seven Dials neighbourhood, where you’ll find pubs and restaurants at the end of the street.