Whether you’re a rocker, cool kid, metalhead, hippy, vintage queen or muso, you’ll find something to delight you in this fun part of North London. Enjoy!
If you love Camden chances are you love shopping! Take the Tube to Camden Town, then head north along Camden High Street past stores selling Doc Martins, goth and punk clothing, body piercings, tattoos and more. Allow yourself a few hours to explore the extensive Camden markets. Top tip: Don’t miss the futuristic styles of Cyberdog.
Camden is one of the top places in London for vintage gear. In Stables Market you’ll find stores and stalls selling new and second hand clothes, shoes, accessories, homewares, posters, furniture and music on vinyl. There’s also lots of new, retro-style stuff, plus vintage-style hairdressers and beauticians (try Dappa Boutique on Chalk Farm Road).
As well as Camden’s wide selection of pubs, and live music venues, there’s plenty of fantastic bars and clubs. Barfly is great for a late night boogie, Proud Camden‘s quirky setting attracts a hipster vibe, Koko hosts everything from bands to burlesque, plus there’s plenty of boutique taverns and cocktail bars. Try The Foundry, Fifty Five and The Black Heart.
6. The Canal
A visit to this area is not complete without spending some time along Regent’s Canal, which runs through the heart of Camden and the markets. From the picturesque Camden Lock you can take a boat tour to Little Venice (and back, naturally).
Camden is ideal for people-watching – from the colourful characters on the street and behind the stalls to celeb spotting in nearby Primrose Hill. Whether you’re waiting to meet a friend or just need a bit of down-time, park yourself near the Lock, grab a coffee and watch the world go by.
After seeing Camden’s weird and wonderful human inhabitants, you can visit the cool creatures at nearby ZSL London Zoo. Here you’ll find exhibits including Tiger Territory, Gorilla Kingdom and Penguin Beach as well as a fantastic kids’ area with water play and a petting zoo.
10. Folk music
Cecil Sharp house is the home of English folk music, holding an astonishing archive of sheet music, recordings and manuscripts documenting the history of traditional English folk dance and song. The venue hosts regular talks, workshops and family-friendly events such as Ceilidhs, Morris Dancing and more.
The retail market operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.
The present market, located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street just south of Southwark Cathedral on the southern end ofLondon Bridge, is a successor to one that originally adjoined the end of London Bridge. It was first mentioned in 1276, although the market itself claims to have existed since 1014 “and probably much earlier” and was subsequently moved south of St Margaret’s church on the High Street. The City of London received a royal charter from Edward VI in 1550 to control all markets in Southwark (seeGuildable Manor), which was confirmed by Charles II in 1671. However, the market caused such traffic congestion that, in 1754, it was abolished by an Act of Parliament.
Borough Market circa 1860
The Act allowed for the local parishioners to set up another market on a new site, and in 1756, it began again on a 4.5-acre (18,000 m²) site in Rochester Yard. During the 19th century, it became one of London’s most important food markets due to its strategic position near the riverside wharves of the Pool of London.
The present buildings were designed in 1851, with additions in the 1860s and an entrance designed in the Art Deco style added on Southwark Street in 1932. A refurbishment began in 2001. Work to date includes the re-erection in 2004 of the South Portico from the Floral Hall, previously at Covent Garden, which was dismantled when the Royal Opera House was reconstructed in the 1990s.
The present-day market mainly sells speciality foods to the general public. However, in the 20th century, it was essentially a wholesale market, selling produce in quantity to greengrocers. It was the main supplier, along with Covent Garden, of fruits and vegetables to retail greengrocers shops. Amongst the notable businesses trading in the market were Vitacress, Lee Brothers (potato merchants whose signage can still be seen in the market), Manny Sugarman, Eddy Robbins, Verde, AW Bourne and Elsey and Bent. JO Sims, the main importer for South African citrus fruit (Outspan), were also located in the market.
The temptation to give up is a common one, and nobody is exempt. Failure isn’t something many of us can handle gracefully. And even though we know it’s a common human condition, we’re somehow always surprised when it happens to us.
Following are 35 quotes you can read the next time you feel as though you want to give up. Reminding yourself that loss of hope is temporary might just compel you to pick yourself up and move forward.
1. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.‘
–Mary Anne Radmacher, American author and artist
2. Fall seven times and stand up eight.
3. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
–Albert Einstein (1879-1955), physicist and developer of the theory of relativity
4. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
–Thomas Edison (1874-1931), inventor of the light bulb
5. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
–Henry Ford (1863-1947), founder of Ford Motor Company
6. A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
–B.F. Skinner (1904-1990), American psychologist
7. Ask yourself this question: ‘Will this matter a year from now?’
–Richard Carlson, American psychotherapist and author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
8. What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So, why are you so afraid of change?
–Karen Salmansohn, best-selling self-help author
9. As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.
–Dr. Steve Maraboli, speaker and author
10. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
–Robert Collier (1885-1950), American self-help author
11. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
–Confucius (551-479 BC), philosopher
12. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
–F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), American author
13. Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
–Newt Gingrich (1943- ), American politician, historian, and author
14. Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
–Julie Andrews (1935- ), English film and stage actress
15. Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
–Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British politician and writer
16. Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
–William Feather (1889-1981), American author
17. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
–Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), world-renowned author and speaker
18. Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.
–Leigh Mitchell Hodges (1876-1954), journalist and poet
19. We will either find a way or make one.
–Hannibal (247-182 BC), Carthaginian General
20. It always seems impossible until it’s done.
–Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), South African anti-apartheid leader
21. The best way out is always through.
–Robert Frost (1874-1963), American poet
22. A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.
–George M. Moore Jr. (1862-1940), Member U.S. House of Representatives
23. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
–Bill Cosby (1937- ), comedian and actor
24. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
–George Edward Woodberry (1855-1930), American poet
25. When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you … never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
–Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American abolitionist and author
26. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
–Confucius (551-479 BC), philosopher
27. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
–Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States
28. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
–Babe Ruth (1895-1948), baseball legend
29. Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.
–Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States
30. Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
–James A. Michener (1907-1997), American author
31. Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.
–Walter Elliot (1888-1958), Scottish politician
32. The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.
–Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author
33. Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
–Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), scientist and inventor of the pasteurization process
34. I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.
–Marie Curie (1867-1934), French physicist and two-time winner of the Nobel Prize
35. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
–Winston Churchill (1874-1965), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1. Stay alive. As long as you are alive, anything is still possible.
2. Lower your expectations.
Most successes are not overnight successes. It’s the job of every PR company hired by a newly successful startup to make that startup look like an overnight success. You hear things like, “They just hacked this in a couple nights on the weekend, and a week later got a million users” or “it was just a hobby they were doing on the side, but then one day the site crashed because of traffic.”
Some of these stories are true, but for most of them – you will never know the whole story. Guessing how others succeed is wasting your time. Paul Graham warns every batch of founders at Y Combinator that only 1% of them will experience success really fast. What ends up happening is founders all expect they will be that 1%. You can work for it. But you can’t expect it. Lower your expectations.
3. Remember that you are stronger than you think.
At times, you might privately think to yourself that you can’t handle the pressure. You have to persist. And just doing the same thing is not enough. You must try different things before you learn what works. Let’s say of the 99 things you have tried, nothing works well. Will you try the 100th thing? If you think about it, the 99 failures have almost no bearing on the success of the following one, as long as you trying different things.
4. Fake it. Other people will do the same. They will never give up, why would you?
Fake success. Everyone does. You should as well. Don’t lie, but act as if you already succeeded. It makes a difference.
5. Don’t compare yourself to people who already succeeded.
Never give up if Bob is doing great. You never know how he is really doing. Even if you think you know, you don’t.
After you have done all of this, you will fall into the dip. It’s the lowest point in your whole journey, a hopeless-looking place that comes right before success – Seth Godin wrote an entire book about it. If this sounds like baseless motivational talk, think again. When you fall really low, take a bunch of risks and fail people around you, you have nothing to lose – and that is exactly the time you are likely to take you biggest risk and possibly succeed.
Most people who look at this infographic think that they are stuck in the dip. The trick is that if you are stuck, you have to keep moving. And sometimes that means going back to square one. If nothing else, never give up because you only might have one last thing to overcome. Now stand up and say to yourself as loud as you can, “Never give up! Never Give up! Never Give up!”
You can reach Chapel Porth’s pretty little beach by road (there is a National Trust car park), but the best way to get there is by walking a couple of miles along the coastal path from St Agnes to the north, or from the micro-hub of Porthtowan just to the south. Your reward? A hidden, sandy bay flanked by cliffs and guarded during summer by the red and yellow flags of the RNLI. Your family can build sandcastles, or cavort in the shallows, but the real lure is the Porth Chapel café, with its hedgehog ice cream (vanilla base plus clotted cream, dipped in honey-roast hazelnuts).
Eat at The surfy Blue Bar in nearby Porthtowan offers big plates of nachos with guacamole, sour cream and salsa for £9.50 (01209 890329; blue-bar.co.uk).
Stay at Rosehill Lodges in Porthtowan has a selection of two- and three-bed self-catering luxury cabins, all with hot tubs (01209 891 920; rosehilllodges.com).
A 15-minute walk south of Crackington Haven (a village that has been listed among Britain’s silliest place names), this is the ultimate dramatic wild beach, the scene of countless shipwrecks and set under some of the highest cliffs in the South West. Follow the zigzag path down through dwarf oaks and heather hummocks to arrive at a huge stretch of low-tide sand. It’s a great place to make a driftwood fire (below the high tide line) and watch the sun set over the sea. Explore at low tide only.
Eat at Trevigue Farm restaurant serves home-reared meat and garden produce in season. Open Friday and Saturday evenings. (01840 230 492; trevigue.com).
Stay at Pencuke Farm, St Gennys, self-catering farm cottages and upmarket yurts with a lovely farm shop selling local breads, home-baked treats and meats from the farm (01840 230360; pencukefarm.co.uk).
3. Broadsands, near Combe Martin, North Devon
You’ll need a head for heights and strong legs to get to this deep, double cove, reached via 220 uneven steps moulded out of a steeply wooded cliff face between Watermouth and Combe Martin on Devon’s wild Exmoor coast. Once there, you can explore the arches, caves, island lookout and tunnels to the west of the bay, and bag one of the large coves for yourself.
Eat and stay at The Sandy Cove Hotel (01271 882243; sandycove-hotel.co.uk), a 10-minute walk from Broadsands, along the coastal path.
4. Moor Sands, East Prawle, South Devon
Turquoise sea, offshore islands and sand of fine pearl quartz beads makes this the best of a trio of sandy coves along this stretch of rugged south Devon headland. The approach through quiet meadows is idyllic, and the rope ladder that helps with the last descent adds an extra thrill.
Eat at The Pig’s Nose in East Prawle, known locally for its live music (01548 511209; pigsnoseinn.co.uk).
Stay at East Prawle has several basic campsites. For something more upmarket, South Sands, in Salcombe (01548 845 900; southsands.com), is a short ferry ride away from East Portlemouth, farther west up the coastal path. Read our full review here.
5. Eype beach, Dorset
Often overshadowed by its neighbours — Lyme Regis to the west, or West Bay (Broadchurch) to the east — Eype beach is where locals go for seaside seclusion. Narrow lanes snake through Eype village on to the shelving shingle, coloured goldenrod, grey and black. It’s an unexpected find on the South West Coast Path; picnics or midsummer barbecues on the large smooth pebbles are a popular activity.
Eat at Downhouse Farm, a 20-minute walk from the beach. Homemade food, much of it from their organic coastal farm (01308 421232; downhousefarm.org).
The 20-minute walk to this near-isolated shore on the Isle of Purbeck is worth it: wind-carved stones sweep round in a crescent, beside cliffs of chalky white or sandy brown rocks. Strolling east, you will find Mupe Rocks, large rugged stacks jutting from the shallows. The closest parking is a mile away in the ghost village of Tyneham. The bay lies within the Army’s Lulworth Ranges, so it’s only accessible at weekends and on specified dates.
Eat at The Weld Arms in East Lulworth, an unassuming thatched pub, opposite Lulworth Castle, offering light lunches, fresh seafood, Dorset ales and ciders (01929 4000211; weldarms.co.uk).
Stay at The Pig on the Beach (0845 077 9494; thepighotel.com), 10 miles east, but easily the best spot in Purbeck, overlooking Old Harry Rocks. The vintage-meets-contemporary manor house offers access to Studland Bay. Doubles from £209 a night; read our full review here.
7. Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight
The beach at Steephill Cove, just south of Ventnor, can only be reached by foot (most easily via the coastal path from Ventnor or the Botanic Gardens). This little bay of cheerful beach huts, deck chairs and rock pools is backed by cottage gardens and bathed in Mediterranean-style light. Winter storms have washed away most of the sand, so it’s now shingle, but no less charming.
Eat at Wheelers Crab Shed café for fresh crab sandwiches or lobster and salad; or the Boathouse restaurant (01983 852747; www.steephill-cove.co.uk/restaurant) – both overlooking the beach.
While Brighton is lovely much of the time, no one wants to play sardines on a hot weekend. The beach at Rottingdean, just beyond Brighton Marina, offers respite from the maelstrom and provides plenty of distractions for kids. Go armed with reef shoes and buckets – at low tide its rock pools teem with crabs. Stroll the Undercliff walk from Black Rock to Saltdean, or take the Coaster 12 bus.
Eat at The little café on the beach, serving tea, good cakes and bacon sandwiches.
Covehithe beach sits at the end of the world, down a dead-end lane that literally falls off the edge of a cliff and beneath the dramatic remains of St Andrews Church. The coast has been eroding fast around here, and now there is just the ruin, a farm and the quiet beach, reached across fields and backed by the tranquil waters of Covehithe Broad. Take the footpath 100m before the church and follow the field edge to the beach.
Eat at the Harbour Inn in Southwold (01502 722381, harbourinnsouthwold.co.uk), a harbourside pub with plenty of outdoor space overlooking the river Blyth.
Stay at Church Farmhouse b&b, a Grade II-listed farmhouse in three acres of orchard and garden at Uggeshall (01502 578532, churchfarmhousesuffolk.co.uk), doubles from £95 a night.
Soft, yellow sand, backed by grassy dunes, on Norfolk’s less-visited north-east coast. Waxham merges with the neighbouring beach of Sea Palling to the north, making this stretch a good choice for long seaside walks. Expect peace and space, plus the chance to see grey seals lolling lazily at the water’s edge. Behind the beach is a small village with a restored, 16th-century barn housing a café that serves teas and light lunches (see norfolkhistoricbuildingstrust.org.uk). Parking is on the roadside.
Eat at the Gunton Arms, in Thorpe Market, near Cromer (01263 832010; theguntonarms.co.uk). The 20-mile drive is worth it for the steaks, chops and ribs cooked on the open “Elk room” fire.
This beautiful wildlife reserve contains one of the wildest and least accessible stretches of sand on the entire North Norfolk coast. Get there by ferry from Burnham Overy Staithe, which operates a couple of hours either side of high tide. Alternatively, keep to the east of the creek and walk a mile or so along the raised sea-wall from the quayside to reach high dunes, marram grass and surfing waves.
Eat at the water’s edge. There are no cafés here, so buy picnic supplies from the delis and fishmongers of Burnham Market nearby.
Stay atThe White Horse, Brancaster, with spectacular views over the coastal saltmarshes; doubles from £100.
12. Cattersty Sands, Skinningrove, North Yorkshire
This spectacular beach and little-known bay is sheltered behind high crags and a grassy meadow. There is clear water and beautiful sand. A strange ruined pier still stands here, built by the Skinningrove Iron Company in 1886 for loading ore on to steamers bound for Middlesbrough. Adventurous local swimmers practise swallow dives from its heights and snorkel its depths.
Eat at the Ship, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a popular pub, right down among the boats, with beams, good beer and fish and chips (01287 622361).
Stay at the Captain Cook Inn, well priced with wonderful views over the quaint fishing village of Staithes. Doubles from £80, including breakfast. (01947 840200, captaincookinn.co.uk).
Time your visit with the low tide and enjoy one of the best beach walks in the North East – and one of the first stretches of our shoreline officially designated part of the England Coast Path. From The Headland, site of a statue of cartoon legend Andy Capp, you descend to the wide expanse of golden sand. Dilapidated Steetley Pier is all that remains of the old magnesite works, but the cliffs still glow yellow with magnesian limestone. At high tide, the coastal path runs along the top of the cliffs. See durhamheritagecoast.org
Eat at Mary Rowntrees – occupying the former St Andrew’s church – which serves posh fish and chips. (01429 868313, facebook.com/maryrowntrees).
Stay at Ship Inn, High Hesleden. A mile inland from the beach, this popular family-run pub has a comfortable motel-style extension at the back. The food is excellent, too (01429 836453, theshipinn.net).
14. Sugar Sands, Northumberland
It is only a short walk to these sweetly named sands between the market town of Alnwick and the eerie remains of Dunstanburgh Castle. A pretty little stream runs down through woodland and there are plenty of trees from which to string your hammock. A little farther on, at Rumbling Kern, are fabulous rock pools that are large enough to swim in, and extraordinary rock formations, with ledges for jumping.
From Longhoughton (B1339), turn for Low Stead Farm opposite the church, walk through the farm to the dunes, then head left up the coast for half a mile.
Eat a picnic sourced from Robson’s fish smokery in Craster (01665 576223) or sit down for crab sandwiches at The Jolly Fisherman’s in Craster (01665 576461, thejollyfishermancraster.co.uk).
Stay at the Bathing House, Howick, which can be rented by the week. It’s set on the cliffs, with spectacular sea views (016977 46777, northumbria-byways.com).
15. Bay at the Back of the Ocean, Iona, Hebrides
The Gaelic name of this idyllic bay of white sand and shingle, Camus Cul an Tabh, refers to the fact that the next landfall is Newfoundland. Bounded by carpets of wildflowers in spring, it is a short walk along a farm track from the peaceful island’s famous abbey, but few visitors are aware of it.
Eat at Martyr’s Bay Restaurant is the only pub on Iona, serving hot and cold snacks all day, bar food and evening meals featuring steaks and local seafood. (01681 700382; martyrsbay.co.uk).
Stay at the 19th-century Argyll Hotel by the ferry landing overlooking the Sound of Iona (01681 700334; argyllhoteliona.co.uk).
16. Silver Sands of Morar, Inverness-shire
A series of pure, white sandy beaches between Arisaig and Morar in the West Highlands, with views over the sea to Skye and the isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna. Featured in the film Local Hero, they lie near the end of the “Road to the Isles” from Fort William, one of the most scenic routes in Britain.
Eat at the Old Library Lodge in Arisaig is a waterfront restaurant with rooms, serving imaginative bistro style food with local produce (01687 450651; oldlibrary.co.uk).
Stay at the Arisaig Hotel, an 18th-century coaching inn with sea views. It is dog friendly, and has bicycles and kayaks for hire (01687 450210; arisaighotel.co.uk).
17. Drigg sand dunes, Cumbria
More than a thousand golden acres of pristine dunes sweep their way down to the Cumbrian coast from the high mountains of Scafell Pike behind. This is a great place to escape the crowds of the Lake District – your only company will be the natterjack toads, great crested newts and adders that thrive in this special landscape. The dunes connect to Ravenglass, where you can pick up the steam train that takes you up into the Esk Valley.
Eat at the Ratty Arms, a quirky, family-run pub near the seafront in Ravenglass, with food sourced from local producers (01229 717676).
Stay at Coachmans Quarters b&b in the grounds of Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass, with views out over the dunes (01229 717614, muncaster.co.uk).
18. White Park Bay, Northern Ireland
Patrick Barkham, walking this glorious three-mile arc of beach between two headlands near the Giant’s Causeway for his book Coastlines, wrote that the sand was “so fine it squeaked”. It’s a great spot for picnics, sandcastle-building and nature trails (otter prints were photographed recently). Ocean currents can be strong, so it’s not ideal for swimming.
Stay at Whitepark House, which dates from 1730 and has three double rooms; b&b for two from £120 a night (028 207 31482; whiteparkhouse.com), or at the youth hostel directly above the bay (hini.org.uk), with views to Scotland.
It’s at the end of the road on an island off Wales, and on a clear summer’s day the peaks of Snowdonia float like a mirage in the blue yonder. During gales it turns it into a Celtic Gobi desert, while in balmy heatwaves it outshines the Med. At one end of the three-mile beach is a little island that can be reached on foot at low tide, with a terrace of pilots’ cottages and a miniature lighthouse. The pillow-shaped rocks nearby are the remains of lava-flows from undersea eruptions.
Eat at the Marram Grass Café, which serves Menai mussels, Welsh lamb and catch of the day (01248 44 00 77; themarramgrass.com).
Stay at the Outbuildings, a stone-walled barn and granary converted into four cosy cottages and a shepherd’s hut; doubles b&b from £75 a night (01248 430132; theoutbuildings.co.uk).
20. Coppet Hall, Pembrokeshire
This small, dune-backed, sheltered area at the eastern end of Saundersfoot’s sandy beach is right on the Pembrokeshire Coast national trail. Gentle tides and shallow, warmish seas make it popular with families and picnic-ers who don’t want the hullabaloo of Tenby.
Eat at Coast, where chef Will Holland focuses on fish and seafood. Especially lovely in the evening (01834 810800; coastsaundersfoot.co.uk).
Stay atthe Grove, Narbeth – this grand country hotel has airy, stylish rooms and is ideal for exploring the foodie town; b&b from £180.
Looking for a secluded lovers’ hideaway, a place to let the kids run wild or a secret spot to indulge yourself? Annabelle Thorpe offers her pick of British holiday accommodation that is truly far from the madding crowds, offering walks, spectacular views, some fine food and, best of all, total peace and quiet
20 Wild Places to stay in the UK
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1. GLENUAIG LODGE, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
This former Victorian hunting lodge, which lies half an hour’s drive off-road into the mountains, relies on its own renewable electricity supply to power the satellite TV, DVD, central heating and kitchen that make this the perfect family retreat. Kids can run wild in the six-mile valley that surrounds the lodge, and fishing, clay-pigeon shooting and guided mountain hikes can all be arranged. The house is comfortably furnished and about 40 minutes’ drive from the beaches of the west coast. Red deer and eagles populate the valley and can often be seen from the garden. Sleeps eight.
Book it: From £700 a week through Holiday Lets (020 7108 1131; http://www.holidaylets.net)
2. THE DASH, KESWICK, CUMBRIA
This Grade II-listed farmhouse is in a breathtaking location next to Whitewater Dash waterfall and surrounded by vast expanses of rugged Lakeland scenery. There are stunning views from every side of the house: behind lie the Uldale fells; to the front Skiddaw, the fourth-highest peak in England, stretches to the sky. It’s about a mile from the nearest public road, and there are no other houses to break up the views, just grazing sheep and a few cattle. The house has open fires and a traditional kitchen. Sleeps six.
Book it: A week costs from £815 (01697 371217; http://www.thedash.co.uk)
3. WHITE EDGE LODGE, DERBYSHIRE
Wide expanses of heather moorland stretch from the walls of White Edge Lodge, originally a gamekeeper’s cottage on the Duke of Rutland’s Longshaw Estate in the Peak District. The cottage has been restored and has many original features, including the former game cellar, which has been turned into a sleek kitchen. You can walk to the pub, and the vast spaces are perfect for long rambles and letting the kids run wild. Sleeps five.
Book it: Three nights cost from £302, through National Trust Cottages (0844 8002070; http://www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk)
4. MOONS HOUSE, WELCOMBE MOUTH, NORTH DEVON
The cove and land around Welcombe Mouth is one of the most unspoilt places in the West Country, and Moons House lies 150m down an unmade track, about half a mile from the beach. The house is surrounded by three acres of gardens, and the National Trust property beyond is home to badgers, deer, and many species of bird and butterfly. There is great surfing to be had at the beach, and the hamlet of Welcombe is a mile away. The house is elegantly furnished, with a fully fitted kitchen and bunk beds for the kids. Sleeps seven.
BOOK IT: A week costs from £315 through Helpful Holidays (01647 433593; http://www.helpfulholidays.co.uk)
5. BADRALLACH, ROSS-SHIRE, SCOTLAND
Badrallach is a Highland loch-shore croft that sprawls across 30 acres of empty Scottish landscape, and offers a choice of accommodation to suit most families’ needs: a bothy, a comfortable self-catering cottage sleeping four, a campsite and bed-and-breakfast at the house, each situated in their own isolated area within the croft. Badrallach is at the gateway to the Scoraig peninsula (accessible only by boat or a 10-mile walk) where a small alternative community exists. The croft is surrounded by excellent walking country; the loch is ideal for fishing and can also be explored by kayak, inflatable dinghy and canoe.
Book it: Camping from £3 a night, bothy from £5, cottage from £175 for a three-night break (01854 633281; http://www.badrallach.com)
6. SALLY PORT COTTAGE, ST MAWES, CORNWALL
There is no vehicular access to this cottage, so visitors have to walk down a 300m path to take up residence at this former lighthouse at the furthest end of the Roseland peninsula. There is no public access, so the cottage is completely private and the observation room with its vast picture window gives spectacular views out to sea. The lighthouse is still operational, but in case you’re unlucky and the fog horn is sounding, the owners provide earplugs. Surrounded by National Trust land, it offers some delightful walks, and there is a bird-watching hide a 10-minute stroll away, where you can watch peregrine falcons. Sleeps four.
Book it: Through Rural Retreats (01386 701177; http://www.ruralretreats.co.uk)
7. ESGAIR BERFEDD, LLANDOVERY, WALES
Proof that a rural location does not have to mean skimping on comfort, this 200-year-old farmhouse has been renovated in a cool modern style – lots of cream walls, blond wood and Moroccan touches – with the original features, such as beamed ceilings and oak floorboards, retained and restored. The kitchen is particularly well-equipped, making this an ideal choice for a stylish house party, and its location – four miles from the nearest main road – guarantees privacy. There are walks from the front door, red kites wheeling in the sky above and stunning views along the valley. Sleeps seven.
Book it: Three-night breaks from £355 (01874 676446; http://www.breconcottages.com)
8. ROPEHAWN, TRENARREN, CORNWALL
Accessible only by boat or down a steep 200m path from the nearest road, Ropehawn is a former fisherman’s house, and the sunken garden was originally a salt cellar used for salting the day’s catch. Although just two miles south of St Austell, it feels totally secluded; the house is swamped by gorgeous views across St Austell Bay and there is not another property in sight. There is good swimming right outside the walls and a private rocky beach is revealed at low tide. There is a rowing boat for exploring on the water and a deep mooring for those who wish to bring their own boat. Sleeps nine.
BOOK IT: A week from £367 through Helpful Holidays as before
9. THE COLONSAY HOTEL, COLONSAY, SCOTLAND
The Colonsay – on the island of the same name – has an elegant, contemporary feel, with just nine bedrooms. The ferry crossing from Oban takes just over two hours, transporting you to a world of glistening empty beaches, dramatic lochs and cliffs and a world where seals, goats and sheep outnumber people. Amid such isolation, the comforts of the Colonsay seem even more remarkable: a top-notch but informal restaurant serving locally sourced seafood and organic produce, fire-lit lounges with painted floorboards and deep sofas for winter and view-strewn terraces for summer, with an extensive wine and whisky list.
BOOK IT: Doubles from £140, dinner, bed and breakfast (01951 200316; http://www.thecolonsay.com)
10. DOLSERAU HALL, DOLGELLAU, WALES
Built as a country house retreat for a wealthy family in the 19th century, Dolserau lies half a mile down a private driveway and is surrounded by meadows and the lush River Wnion valley. Egyptian linen, Molton Brown toiletries and unbroken views from every window make the rooms feel nicely indulgent, while dinners of local game, fish and cheeses are the perfect finale to an afternoon spent stomping through the countryside. The hotel sits in five acres of grounds in the Snowdonia National Park, meaning all sorts of activities, from fishing to whitewater rafting, are on the doorstep.
Book it: Doubles from £122, B&B (01341 422522; http://www.dolserau.co.uk)
BACK TO BASICS
11. MEANACH BOTHY, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
Accommodation doesn’t get more basic, but staggering views and a sense of glorious isolation, make this rough stone-walled hut a more memorable place to stay than any of the world’s finest hotels. It sits alone beside a little river in a flat meadow, at the edges of which dramatic peaks rear up on every side. To get there, you have to walk about seven miles east from the point where the road ends in Glen Nevis. There’s nothing there: you bring your own sleeping bags and firewood, draw water from the stream and take your rubbish away with you.
Meanach is one of more than 100 mountain bothies in Britain – small huts that are left open for anyone hiking in the hills to make use of. The Mountain Bothy Association is a group of volunteers who maintain the bothies, although the buildings themselves still belong to the local landowners. Finding bothies can be tricky – the MBA does not publish their location for fear of vandals rocking up for wild all-night summer parties – but hiking guidebooks and websites will lead you to them.
Book it: Just turn up . For more on bothies visit http://www.mountain bothies.org.uk.
12. PENRHYN COTTAGE, PEMBROKESHIRE, WALES
Squirrelled away down a rugged track that passes through stunning National Trust land, Penrhyn cottage on the dramatic Strumble Head peninsula has no electricity (lamps and candles have to suffice) but instead offers some mesmerising views of the cliff-dominated landscape and the vast sea that lies beyond it. The traditional split-level stone cottage is very cosily furnished and handily located for the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, where the waymarked paths give plenty of possibilities of seeing seals and porpoises. Although the cottage does feel miles from anywhere, the pretty town of Fishguard is only five miles away. Sleeps six.
Book it: A week costs from £333 with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire (01437 765765; http://www.coastalcottages.co.uk)
13. PURTON GREEN, SUFFOLK
Landmark Trust properties may be simply furnished, but what they lack in modern luxuries they tend to make up for in scenic locations. A wheelbarrow is provided at Purton Green for you to transport your luggage the 400m from where cars have to be left. This stunning medieval property has a central hall that dates from 1250, though what is now the main living quarters was rebuilt in around 1600. The cottage is the sole remaining house of a ‘lost village’ – one of many in Suffolk that were once small thriving communities but no longer exist – and is surrounded by open fields. Sleeps four.
Book it: A week costs from £434 through the Landmark Trust (01628 825925; http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk)
14. BLACK SAIL YOUTH HOSTEL, ENNERDALE, CUMBRIA
England’s most remote youth hostel is well known: a simple shepherd’s bothy at the head of Ennerdale that offers great walking on the surrounding fells including Great Gable, Red Pike and Steeple. Facilities are basic – there are no double or twin rooms, just two sleeping four people, and one dormitory that sleeps eight. However, there is a restaurant that offers evening meals along with a surprisingly good organic wine list, and good self-catering facilities.
Book it: From £13.95 a night, through YHA (01629 592700; http://www.yha.org.uk)
15. TYNCORNEL BUNKHOUSE, CEREDIGION, WALES
Although electricity was recently installed at this youth hostel, there is little else to distract from the feeling of being surrounded by nature. The Bunkhouse is a mile from the nearest house and the nearest pubs and shops are at Llanddewi Brefi, almost seven miles away. Tyncornel is birdwatching heaven, with red kites, buzzards and ravens all easily spottable, and the house makes a great base for walking and cycling around the remote countryside. There are two rooms with eight beds, camping facilities and a dining room and self-catering facilities.
Book it: From £10 a night through YHA, as before.
16. THE TEMPLE, BADGER, SHROPSHIRE
This absolute gem is hidden away in the heart of the Shropshire countryside – an 18th-century folly built in the grounds of a manor house that, sadly, no longer exists. The Temple, which was built to classical proportions with a colonnaded balcony and an elegant sitting room on the ground floor, where tea parties would have been taken, has been creatively restored, with a period feel very much in mind. In addition to a fully fitted kitchen and modern bathroom there is a very cosy double bedroom below. The balcony was designed to make the best of the stunning and unbroken views of more than 40 acres of countryside. After spending the morning enjoying the scenery, you can pack your lunch, pull on your wellies and ramble off into the undisturbed woodland straight from the front door. Sleeps two.
Book it: From £350 for a three-night, midweek break, through the Vivat Trust (0845 0900194; http://www.vivat.org.uk)
17. MOOR OF RANNOCH HOTEL, PERTHSHIRE, SCOTLAND
If you’re driving to this hotel make sure you have plenty of fuel: the nearest garage is 38 miles away. In the heart of Rannoch Moor, one of the most spectacular wildernesses in the UK, the hotel lies 16 miles from the nearest town, Kinloch Rannoch, although a tiny railway station is just a minute’s walk. Ideal for escaping from everything and just spending time with a partner, there are walks of every level from the front door, but the real joy is curling up in front of a roaring log fire and enjoying the slap-up suppers of locally reared meats.
Book it: Doubles £80 including breakfast (01882 633238; http://www.moorofrannoch.co.uk)
18. BARDSEY ISLAND, NORTH WALES
Steeped in mythology and religious history, Bardsey, two miles off the Llyn peninsula, feels as though it has remained unchanged for centuries. There are houses to rent that rely on candles and gas and have outside chemical toilets. The island itself is magical; home to artists and new-agers lured by the wild landscapes, ancient ruins and burial sites that are scattered across the hills.
Book it: A cottage for two costs from £185 per week (08458 112233; http://www.bardsey.org)
19. CUTTHORNE, EXMOOR
Cutthorne is a Georgian farmhouse at the heart of a 25-acre estate, in its own private valley on Exmoor. There are three rooms in the main house offering B&B and dinners, and two cottages, each sleeping up to four, whose residents can also take meals in the main house. Two miles from the nearest village, the house has its own trout lake, and fabulous walks all around. Food is an important part of a stay: slap-up breakfasts of local meats and seasonal fruits, and packed lunches.
Book it: Doubles from £38 B&B (01643 831255; http://www.cutthorne.com)
20. KALE POT COTTAGE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
Few things are more romantic than staring up at a starlit sky, and Kale Pot – a converted 18th-century barn tucked down a tiny road on the North York Moors – has nothing else near it to spoil the view. There are miles of forestry tracks starting from the door of the cottage, but it’s tempting to just crack open a bottle, fire up the barbecue and let complete silence wash over you. The only neighbours are roe deer.
Book it: From £275 a week, sleeps four (01751 476654; http://www.northyorkmoorscottage.co.uk)
BRITAIN’S MOST REMOTE… HOTEL
GARVAULT HOTEL, KINBRACE, SCOTLAND
Recognized as mainland Britain’s most remote hotel by the Guinness Book of Records, the Garvault was once an inn for sheep drovers. It has eight rooms and open peat fires (01431 831224; http://www.garvaulthotel.co.uk
BRITAIN’S MOST REMOTE… PHONE BOX
HOUSAY, SHETLAND ISLANDS
British Telecom has 60,000 phone boxes, but says the loneliest of all is the one on the island of Housay in the tiny Out Skerries archipelago, the most easterly of the Shetlands. There are three main islands, Bruray and Grunay being the other two. Their total population is 80
Today I will tell you the wonders of life. Because these days we need a miracle. Some people are accustomed to living bad events in their lives. So they don’t know what is the miracle.Or is there miracle?
Did you ever thank you for being alive , breath? As can walk or run. What about using your hands. Do you know what is the all about meanings? This is the miracle. If the opposite were true. That’s when life would be more difficult for you. Imagine you will not do anything. Everything will be bad for you. Always going to be upset and unhappy. I’m so sorry because when I see a human in this case . I know of course they are not unhappy But I feel bad. And than I said ” Thank you God for my health”. This is so important for human life. Maybe some people get mad at me. Please do not get it wrong. Just I want to say know the value of life. Everything is in your hands. If you want to be happy or unhappy. I did not believe in miracles in advance. But I believe now. Yes there is a miracle. I’m convinced that miracles. Why people only remember the bad memories of the past. What about the good ones. I always remember the bad ones previously. And than I said myself ” WHY”. But I didn’t find my answer. And than I decided. After this I’ll remember good events. And now just I remember good things. If you’re feeling sad and lonely from some reason, Just remember your happy time. Forget the rest. Just try to live happily. Forget bad situations. Because life is really too short. just struggled to achieve the goals and dreams. And Believe yourself. Because I believe myself. One day I’ll do it everything be real. These are my thoughts.
We are living in a time of change and a lot of us are waking up to our true selves. Maybe one of the most persistent thoughts in this process is how crazy and messed up our world is.
Yes, no matter how positively we think, as soon as we open our eyes and realize how disconnected and divided we humans are, how wrong our society is, or how carelessly we treat our planet, our mood can be affected. We can become anxious, disturbed, worried about where we are heading and how our world is going to look like if we don’t change something.
I put a lot of pressure on myself trying to figure out what I can do to change this system, trying to figure out the best way to fight it and create a better world. I overthought and struggled so much so that I was almost close to depression. That’s because I couldn’t accept this world — I hated it. I focused my energy on fighting the old, but as time passed and my energy drained, I found out that there is another way.
There are a lot of people who get involved in political fights with the intention to fight something that is bigger than themselves. Then, they lose hope and don’t know what to do anymore. The first survival instinct is, of course, let’s fight! If that works for them, that’s fine, but that didn’t work for me and I really believe that it doesn’t work for anybody in the long run.
I have a strong sense of empathy and I intuitively knew there are better ways than fighting. So, as I overthought the sh*t out of my mind while trying to figure out a better way, it suddenly hit me! The best way to fight the system is not fighting at all! You never change things by fighting the existing reality. You see, what’s the point investing valuable energy into fighting the old, when we can invest in building the new? To change something, build a new model that makes the existing one obsolete.
Our everyday consumption, our decisions each day can contribute to maintaining the old and outdated system or can contribute to a new and better one. So here are 10 peaceful ways to change the world into a better one, having fun while you are at it.
1. Spread positivity
Improving your attitude and living a more positive life overall can sometimes be difficult and takes a lot of effort. But a part of it can also be more simple. You can spread positivity around you with small actions: give compliments, help someone in need, play positive music, encourage someone, smile, hug someone, do sports, read positive books, learn or do something new every day. These actions can help you maintain an optimistic mood and help others feel the same because we all know that emotions are contagious.
2. Ditch or at least reduce consumption of animal products
The world’s top scientists, including Stephen Hawking, consider climate change to be one of the world’s greatest threats. Science shows that going vegan is one of the most effective ways to fight climate change. Here are some stunning facts:
A staggering 51% or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.
5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes. 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture. 20%-33% of all freshwater consumption is caused by animal agriculture.
Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land mass, and animal agriculture is also the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
130 times more animal waste than human waste is produced in the US – 1.4 billion tons from the meat industry annually.
5 tons of animal waste is produced per person in the US.
3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted. As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year. We could see fishless oceans by 2048.
These are just a few facts and reasons to completely ditch, or at least reduce, the consumption of animal products.
3. Ditch or at least reduce consumption of processed foods, chemicals, and conventional medicine
Processed foods don’t come from nature; they come from factories. The more productive the factories, the more money the corporations make. The more money the corporations make, the more energy and resources will be consumed and more important, our health will be at risk — we will eat exactly what they want us to eat. Control the food and you can control the world.
The same goes for chemicals and conventional medicine. Believe me, we don’t need to ingest chemicals and conventional medicine. In fact, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly will keep them away for good and will inspire other people to do the same.
4. Recycle, live more sustainably, buy organic and fair trade, pay attention what you support when you buy something
In the age of consumerism, recycling is a must. Why? Because our resources are going to end soon enough if we don’t put a price on recycling. I try to buy everything recycled and cut unnecessary consumption as much as I can, and I still live a modern and comfortable life.
Did you know that a lot of “valuable” brands practice labor slavery and exploit their workers? Why? Because people have become ridiculously addicted to the “paper.” Human value, quality of life, and our environment have to suffer because of the psychotic race for wealth and power. We spray and poison the earth with chemicals, reducing the costs of the production of food, making ourselves and our environment sick. Then we wonder why we are prone to diseases, why organic farmers are almost a story of the past, and why they are so expensive.
Every time we consume and buy something, we vote for a clean sustainable future or for chaos. If you didn’t know this already, next time when you go shopping, keep that in mind. We literally reap what we sow.
The good news is that there are a lot of sustainable alternatives. There are still organic farmers out there who produce delicious and healthy foods for us. We have a choice. We don’t have to make our children responsible for our ignorance and our mess. Our money has the power to change the world!
5. Get rid of your television and stop consuming corporate media
We all know that television sells lies, fear, and negativity to control the population and to keep us asleep. There’s no conspiracy here anymore. Stop watching and supporting their madness. Turn off your TV and get rid of it or use it as a screen to connect to the internet with. Get educated, not dumbed down. I am not saying that there aren’t any good TV channels out there, but is it worth it to pay for it when you have an internet connection and you can choose your own news sources?
Nowadays, corporate media is also on the internet, so when you see negative news, drama, gossip, and so on, click on the small button on the right corner of your browser, usually marked with an X. Nothing good will come of it. The Internet is ours! We finally have the chance to educate ourselves independently, so let’s keep it clean and use it wisely!
6. Don’t remain quiet about injustice and learn to stand up for yourself
This could happen everywhere and could come from everyone: in institutions, the workplace, on the streets, by the bank and insurance companies, even our loved ones can abuse us. I took part in plenty of situations where I got abused or taken advantage of until I learned to stand up for myself. Don’t let yourself be abused — speak up for yourself.
7. Help where you can, and if you can’t, then don’t hurt
If someone is helpless and you can really help them but you choose not to, then put yourself in their place. How would you feel? That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice yourself for them, but at least try to understand and help them if you can. We all have moments of struggle in our lives. It is very important not to laugh at people’s situation or make fun of them. A person in need is very vulnerable. Walk away if you can’t or don’t want to help.
8. Talk about important topics rather than small talk whenever you can
People like to talk about every little thing, and that’s OK. We need that from time to time, but it shouldn’t be the standard conversation type. We should talk more about important topics, topics that make us think and build our imagination and creativity. Topics that make us aware of who we are and our surroundings. Ideas, personal talents, and discoveries are born from these topics. I recently found out that someone I love has a talent for singing. She just never talked about it, although we see each other every day. Don’t hide your thoughts. They can inspire, change, or transform the world!
9. Never lose hope in humanity
There are a lot of positive things happening right now in the world. Free energy solutions, veganism being on the rise, sustainable alternatives, innovative technologies and ideas that will help us in the future. Well-known people and millions of normal people are interested in making the world a better place.
Humans have unlimited potential. We can change our society simply with our thoughts and actions. There are so many beautiful things in the world to care for, and so many beautiful people contributing and helping humanity — so many innovative people that create futuristic inventions and solutions. Whenever you have a tough time and you lose hope, just try to point your focus in a more positive direction, to concentrate on the change, and remember that it is only a temporary feeling. What seems impossible at the moment will become possible — it was always this way!
10. Get active, donate, help create a better world
There are plenty of non-profit organizations who care and commit to a better world. If you have the extra money and time, make donations or volunteer to do their work. If not, search and educate yourself on the internet, sign petitions, share awareness, or create something that could help to build a better world. Be the change! It costs nothing and you will feel amazing.
So, there it is. Ten of the best ways I can think of to change the world for the better. If this list resonates with you, that’s awesome. If it doesn’t, then find better ways to do it. But don’t fight to change the world — do it peacefully!