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How to make the most of the longer summer days in the UK

Published July 21st, 2015

If you’re in the United Kingdom during their summertime, consider yourself lucky. Not that the winter doesn’t have its merits, but the Brits tend to be at their friendliest and happiest when the sun is shining, and they really know how to make the most of it.

Here are our top tips for places to visit and things to see and do during the UK’s sunny season.

Hit the Surf

You’ll probably still need a full 'wetty' (wet suit) even during summer, but there are good waves to be carved all around the United Kingdom's coastline. Your best bet is to head down to the southwest, and stop at the beaches along the north of Devon and Cornwall.

Newquay is the pinnacle of British surfing complete with an accompanying party scene, and the epicentre of surf culture resides at Fistral Beach. You’ll find some good waves here, as well as at nearby Watergate Bay.

Surfers from all over the UK make Fistral Beach their home during summer. Image: Getty

If you’re looking for something a little quieter and less crowded, head to the Cornish beauty spots of Sennen Cove down towards Penzance, or Polzeath near Wadebridge. Board and wet suit hire is available at most surf beaches throughout summer.

Hike the Rolling Green Hills

Explore the green and pleasant countryside of the UK in the sunshine. There are plenty of gorgeous national parks to discover, each with their own distinct character.

England’s largest national park, the Lake District, is an area of phenomenal natural beauty and a great place to get acquainted with nature. Hike past glittering lakes and craggy hilltops and you'll soon discover why this place has inspired poets, artists and authors for centuries.

A picturesque view is never far away in the Lake District. Image: Getty

Get your Downton Abbey on

Wherever you are in the UK, you’ll find a National Trust treasure close at hand. Beautifully preserved stately homes and gardens can be visited and enjoyed year round, but it’s much more fun in the summertime, with many National Trust houses putting on open-air concerts in the gardens. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in British history and culture.

If you’re in London, nearby Surrey is a treasure trove of stately homes such as the spawling Edwardian mansion of Polesdon Lacey, where you can enjoy afternoon tea in the cafe, wander around the grand house and enjoy views of the Surrey Hills from the gardens.

Classic British Seaside

When it’s sunny, the Brits do like to position themselves by the seaside. The delightful Yorkshire beachfront resort of Scarborough dubbed 'The St.Tropez of the North' is where the British seaside holiday tradition began.

Today you can still expect to find all the trappings of the quintessential British seaside town including colourful beach huts, donkey rides on the beach and of course fish n’ chips.

A quiet day at Scarborough. Image: Getty

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.