British Travel Journal Summer 2020

British Travel Journal is the UK’s finest independent travel magazine for holidays in Britain, delivering inspirational destinations and travel ideas for individuals, couples and families, seeking unique and enriching travel experiences. Content includes ideas for unforgettable holidays, weekend breaks and amazing days out whether taking a staycation or visiting from overseas on vacation. This subscription is perfect for you if you are looking for new adventures, experiences and British destinations to explore.

United Kingdom
Contista Media Ltd
3 Issues

in this issue

2 min

AS WE WENT TO PRINT with our last issue never could we have imagined a world in which travel would be completely stopped in its tracks. Never again will we take for granted our freedom to visit our magnificent cityscapes, captivating coastlines and peaceful countryside. It has been a difficult year for the hospitality and travel sector, but as this issue of British Travel Journal shows many are beginning to reopen, delighted to welcome back visitors and guests once more. We speak to these resilient hoteliers, destination managers, and others in the UK tourism industry about how they have responded to COVID-19, Small Island, Big Heart (p20). Our Cultural Agenda (p11) takes on a new direction, exchanging theatre performances for outdoor art, sculptures and natural wonders. And, in a time when remote…

1 min
travel news what’s new

A NEW ISLAND JEWEL IN PLYMOUTH SOUND The historic Drake’s Island located just 600m from the Plymouth shoreline is set to be brought back to life by the new owner, Plymouth-based businessman, Morgan Phillips, who is developing the island into a luxury (25 bedroom) hotel and spa resort. The six-acre island, named after Sir Francis Drake, who set sail from the island in 1577 to circumnavigate the globe, will offer locals and tourists the opportunity for their own island adventures, staying in the Grade II listed former Governor’s Island House, exploring hidden tunnels and forgotten buildings. CUMBRIA’S HIDDEN COAST Work is underway on a new 40-mile coastal challenge recreational route, stretching along the Cumbrian coast from Whitehaven to Millom with adrenalin activities, cycling and art installations. ♡ BRITISH TRAVEL JOURNAL LOVES 2020 BEACH HOLIDAY IN…

10 min
cultural agenda

WE LOVE Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Built by fishermen in 1755, this 20 metre rope bridge links Northern Ireland’s mainland in Ballintoy to the tiny ancient volcanic island of Carrick-a-Rede (from the Scottish Gaelic Carraig-a-Rade meaning The Rock in the Road). Dolphins, porpoise and even large sharks can be spotting swimming off the coast, whilst nearby Rathlin Island has one of Britain’s largest seabird colonies including puffins. WHAT WE’RE DISCOVERING Gallos Statue High on the Cornish cliffs at Tintagel Castle stands the regal bronze Gallos statue by Rubin Eynon. (Gallos meaning power in Cornish.) The tall hooded figure holding a sword is inspired by the royals associated with this medieval castle – notably King Arthur, one of Britain’s most famous figures, who, according to a 12th century writer, was conceived there. The Kelpies The Scottish lowland town of…

13 min
small island big heart

THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS is predicted to cost the UK tourism industry at least £22bn in lost revenue. Domestic tourism has always been a booming industry for a nation that loves to explore its beaches, forests, lakes, moors and mountains. But in the face of a global pandemic, stories about closures and empty beauty spots make for grim reading. Tourism is one of the UK’s most successful economic sectors, employing 3.1 million people and supporting 200,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs right across the country, as well as being the main employer in many coastal towns and rural communities. For two months, most of those staff have been furloughed and the businesses shut. Many businesses with shorter spring or summer seasons have seen that timeframe radically reduced, while also considering how to offer…

9 min
still wines run deep

IN RECENT YEARS British sparkling wine has taken off so impressively that French vineyards are now investing in the productive Sussex countryside. Yet English still wines have remained at the Cinderella end of the market, dowdy and overlooked. In all fairness the quality of English still wine has until recently been variable. In the early, pioneer years (our first modern vineyards were only planted in the late 60s and early 70s) there was an over-reliance on hardy Muller Thurgau and Bacchus, German grapes which grew well in English soils and could cope with the English climate, but produced still wines with a rather sour taste. Over the last ten years, however, the quality of English wines has generally improved, with French sparkling wine grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier proving…

5 min
sustainable travel

WE’VE ALL BEEN confined to our homes this spring, in what must be one of the strangest experiences most of us have ever had. And if there’s one thing about being told to stay inside – it’s that it makes you want to go outside like never before. The city dwellers amongst us, in particular, have been craving countryside, wilderness, open space. We’re also seeing some of the immediate environmental benefits of reduced travel and industrial activity – the skies are clearer, the air is cleaner, and wildlife is thriving. It’s unclear right now what kind of travel plans we’re going to be able to make this summer, but if we are able to get away, one highly appealing option is to find a remote spot and pitch a tent. Actual wild…