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Explore the landscapes and literary wonders of the UK with Sykes Holiday Cottages


Winter is the perfect time of year to unwind and immerse yourself in your favourite things, including catching up on your reading. Cosying up around a warming fire with a good book in hand provides the ultimate idyll of an evening, and where better to do so than from a countryside cottage?

Sykes Holiday Cottages offer a wide range of self-catering properties, many of which are in Walkers Welcome accredited areas. From Ludlow to Hebden Bridge, you’ll find plenty of scenic spots from which to spend a winter break. Our friends at Sykes have highlighted some of the great spots from which to spend a scenic escape with plenty of literary links.

Ludlow, Shropshire 

The market town of Ludlow makes an excellent choice for a relaxing break. A charming area of Shropshire, the town hosts its very own Fringe Festival where you can observe local talent from budding comedians to young writers as part of the Ludlow Winter Festival   25-27 November. If you’re seeking a spot to spend the evening curled up with a book, try the charming rustic Old Cottage  with a warming wood-burning stove.

Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire 

Moving over to West Yorkshire will bring you to Hebden Bridge, where Walkers are Welcome began. Not only is the area a walker’s paradise, it too hosts its very own fun-filled Sylvia Plath Literary Festival in October but you will find plenty of bookshops and winter festivities.

There are many stunning properties around Hebden Bridge, but for those in pursuit of breath-taking views in a remote location try the 12-bed The Retreat  But take care not to get your book wet in the hot tub.

Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire  

Back in Shropshire, another Walkers Welcome accredited town, Bishop’s Castle offers equal delight in the Shropshire Hills that have inspired the writings of many authors across the years for its rich history and abundance of beauty. If you’re pursuing a stay with a difference, The Boars Head Pub,    a former 16th century pub even has a working bar. The photo shows the Steps into Sadlers Little Wood,  a locally dedicated site of ancient woodland and wildlife,  one of the many paths in the Bishops Castle’s  Walking for Pleasure series of leaflets.

 10 Best walks for 6 interest groups

Not only do Sykes provide a variety of property options, they also have a selection of handy guides to assist you on your travels. If you’re looking for the very best beautiful walks in the UK, be sure to take a look at their inspiration page: . Sykes surveyed 2,000 adults across the UK to gather the ten best walks across the UK for a variety of  interest groups. From the most beautiful to wheelchair friendly, they’ve revealed 60 firm favourites . Can you spot your favourite walk or tell them  another?






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