June is an ideal time for holidays. It’s a month of vivid colours and scents, as honeysuckle blooms in the hedgerows and the first garden roses unfurl. You can dine on crisp, seasonal salads in the fresh air, or treat yourself to ripe British strawberries covered with cream. And whatever you like to do outdoors –whether it’s gentle walking or fast-paced activities like mountain biking and running – June’s long, warm days give you the chance to do more of it.
If you’re not bound by school holidays, June is a great time to enjoy the perks of summer while it’s still relatively quiet. A host of fun activities come into their own in June: here are some of our favourites.
Enjoy the ocean, lakes or rivers
As summer temperatures start to rise, there’s nothing so appealing as the ocean and waterways. Take a walk along a special beach and you can reward yourself with a refreshing dip. Marloes Sands is a tranquil, hidden gem, or try North Devon favourite, Woolacombe Beach.
It’s not only the seaside that offers water-fuelled action and beautiful vistas: why not pay a visit to a picturesque lake or river? Stay in one of our six Trelissick Estate cottages, and you can hop on and off the King Harry ferry to Falmouth, Truro and everywhere in between. Or if you want to explore the river Fal under your own steam, try a canoe or stand up paddleboard.
Be a wildlife spotter
Bats and badgers get active on warm June nights. If you’d like to catch sight of these captivating creatures, a holiday at Summerhouse Cottage, Tyntesfield or a cottage on the Holnicote Estate could be the answer. Join in Tyntesfield’s special bat walk on 15th June. At Holnicote’s Horner Woods, you may spot a variety of UK bat species, as well as badgers and tawny owls among the ancient trees.
Take a walk with your camera
June is a great time for outdoor photography – whether you’re a smartphone snapper or camera expert. The long hours of daylight bring plenty of opportunity to capture well-lit landscapes or close-ups of summer blooms. For a classic holiday vista, take your camera up to the Needles Viewpoint on the coast of the Isle of Wight, or to West Dorset’s glorious Golden Cap. Wait till sunset, and you might just shoot a showstopper.