There are lots of good things to love about winter. Long evenings, log fires and Netflix binges are great, but when it been so long since you’ve seen the sky that you’ve forgotten what it looks like, its time to get outside again, and that's why we can't wait for Summer!
We’ve been chatting to the lovely people who run our stores about the places they love to visit in their area; they suggested many wild and wonderful places and in this Roadtrip Guide we'll bring you 10 of the best.
So if you’re heading south or west this Summer, pack your warm Saltrock hoodies and hit the road with our Top 10 suggestions for a Saltrock Roadtrip, part 1.
Weymouth is a great south coast location with a bustling town centre and historic harbour. Take a walk on the stunning three mile long sandy beach and head out to Portland Bill, that iconic red and white lighthouse which has stood on the Isle of Portland for over 300 years.
Vicky recommends a trip to Chesil Beach.
“Chesil Beach is incredible, even when the wind has picked up. It stretches forever, from Portland to Abbotsbury then continuing on to West Bay which was the village in BBC’s Broadchurch. There are loads old stories of shipwrecks along Chesil Beach and its full of history, and of course as it’s part of the Jurassic Coast you can wrap the kids up warm and spend a happy few hours searching for fossils.”
Aimee and Jodie from our Looe store recommend a trip to Looe Island.
“Looe Island is heavenly. It’s a nature reserve and is just a 10-minute boat trip from the harbour that you can take daily between March and September. Two wardens working for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust have been living there since the Trust took it over in 2004, before the Trust took over it belonged to two sisters, Babs and Attie, who lived there for many years. They were offered tons of money for the ownership of the Island but decided to sell it to the Trust for only a £1 to keep it well looked after and original.
You can visit for two hours and book a tour or roam around learning about the smuggling days and the ruins of the bombed chapel. It’s a great place for families, and for supporters of Surfers Against Sewage who do a lot for litter cleaning and preventing litter entering the sea. Its also perfect for anyone who has a passion for wildlife and for people who support original living and living off grid – the islanders grow all their food, have a compost toilet, a generator for electricity and water butts due to no running water.”
Dave from our Southampton Store says Southsea is an awesome roadtrip destination. "Southsea Seafront is a fabulous place to spend a day. There’s plenty of open space, events, a mini golf course and a boating lake. The seafront is perfect for those blustery family walks along the beach/promenade with plenty to do on the pier at one end and fun fair at the other.
And for skaters, Southsea Skatepark is a must, especially as it claims to be the oldest skatepark in the world. Its right on Southsea Common just along from Clarence Pier. It’s big and ideal for skateboarders, rollerbladers, scooters and BMX bikers; there’s a bowl, a snake run and a vert ramp and loads of ledges, rails and banks. Its heaps of fun and is in the perfect spot with great views and loads going on.”
For raw coastal beauty, the Gower is hard to beat. With seemingly endless white and golden beaches, stunning scenery and teeming wildlife, the Gower Peninsula was the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956. From the big and beautiful Rhossili Bay which regularly finds itself in lists of the top 10 best beaches in the world and has long been popular with surfers, to the more sheltered bays and coves such as the secluded Pwll Du Bay the coastline has something to offer just about everyone, and explorers, adventurers, ramblers, artists, photographers and cyclists have all long been inspired by the Gower Peninsula.
Adam from our Swansea store also recommends a short trip inland to the Afan Forest Park where there are 48 square miles of mountain bike trails and beautiful forest to explore.
“Its great fun and a fantastic place to visit,” says Adam. “It’s great to get out in the fresh Welsh air and explore the forest.”
Tucked away on the south coast of Devon, Brixham is a working fishing village and is full of rich Devon history and chocolate-box scenery. Built around the old harbour the village is packed with good old fashioned pubs, surrounded with charming beaches and full of tales of pirates and smugglers.
Annabelle from our Brixham store suggests that a trip to Churston Cove should be on every roadtrip must-see list.
“Churston is a small sandy cove, hidden away and surrounded by cliffs and wooded hillsides. It’s an idyllic spot with fantastic scenery and no car park, so to get to the beach you have to use a steep path passing through woodland which means it’s not as busy as the main beaches and can be peaceful and lovely even in the summer. Its perfect for swimming and paddling and when its quiet you can even spot seals playing in the bay.”
If you do brave a spring dip, make sure to pack a warm changing towel to climb into after your swim!
We'll post the next 5 Saltrock Must-See Roadtrip Destinations next week, but in the meantime, what have we missed? Is your favourite spot listed here? Let us know!