Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
Managing Editor Andy loves Kimmeridge Bay. Perhaps it’s the views over the ocean, or maybe the millions of years of history that lay immortalized as fossils in the cliffs of this stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Whatever it is, if you can bag yourself a stay at the Landmark Trust’s Clavell Tower you’ll have the best view over the bay.
Hampstead Heath, London
As she recently moved to London from the countryside, the capital was an obvious choice for Assistant Web Editor Lottie. Hampstead Heath in particular gets her vote, as it’s probably the only place in central London where you truly feel like you could be a hundred miles away. Plus The Spaniards Inn pub at the northern edge is one of London’s best – dating back to 1585 – and both Keats and Dickens allegedly used to drink here.
Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire
This historic fishing village, staggered down a steep hill to the sea, was once a haven for smugglers. For Senior Editor Rachel, it’s hard to beat eating fish and chips by the (often wind-swept) sea here, overlooking England’s “dinosaur coast”.
It’s easy to understand why our Travel Editor Rebecca chose west Cornwall: long before Poldark started brooding on cliff tops, in-the-know travellers were heading to Cornwall’s stunning western reaches. The list of its merits is impressive: renowned surf, dramatic cliffs, ancient fishing villages, abandoned tin mines, mystical stone circles, windswept moorland… Some of the more attractive spots include Minack, with its open-air theatre carved out of the cliff face, and Botallack, ruined tin mines perched precariously above a raging sea.
Dartmouth in Devon was picked by our Editorial Assistant Freya. She says: “standing on the coastal walkway in Dartmouth looking out over the River Dart and watching the old steam train pull into Kingswear above the many different-coloured boats moored in the harbour… It will always remind me of childhood holidays, it’s beautiful.”