To escape the busyness of modern life, more and more people are opting for slow travel holidays, allowing them to re-connect with themselves and the areas they visit on a deeper, more conscious level.

Here is our guide to the best places for slow travel in the UK.

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If you like to be beside the seaside, then the UK's most southerly county will not disappoint.

With rugged coastlines, pretty towns, and beaches galore, there's something for all the family in Cornwall and it's easy to see why it's one of the UK's favourite holiday destinations.

Popular attractions include the Minack Theatre, a beautiful performance space which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Newquay's famous Fistral Beach, which is always popular with surfers and families.

The lively towns of St Ives and Newquay are popular places to base yourself for your holiday in Cornwall or if you're a foodie, Padstow will delight your taste buds!


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The Lake District

In northern England, there's no place better to relax, take it easy, and get out in nature than in the Lake District.

Hikers, bikers and outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element as they explore the villages, mountains and lakes in this stunning national park which inspired the likes of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter with its natural beauty.

There are plenty of places to stay in the Lake District, including Windermere, Bowness and Keswick, which all have a good choice of accommodations, restaurants and shops.


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The Cotswolds

A designated area of natural beauty, covering parts of six different counties, the Cotswolds is a lovely place to visit, with pretty as a picture towns and scenery to die for.

Spend your days being active, visiting some of the areas most famous landmarks in the area, including Blenheim Palace, the Cotswold Water Park and the historic city of Bath or simply wander and explore at your leisure - life moves slowly here and a holiday in the Cotswolds will definitely recharge your batteries.

Nearby you'll find magical Stonehenge, one of the ancient wonders of the world and the quirky, cosmopolitan city of Bristol.


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Scottish Highlands

The very scenic and photogenic Scottish Highlands are legendary and this area of the UK holds great fascination for many.

As well as history and incredible landscapes, there's plenty of things to keep you occupied, from looking for Nessie in mysterious Loch Ness to dancing to Gaelic folk music at a cèilidh or driving the North Coast 500, one of Britain's most exciting road trips.

There are lots of excellent accommodation options in the Scottish highlands, both in the rural areas and in the city of Inverness where you can experience the best of both worlds.

What are your favourite places for slow travel in the UK?