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With miles and miles of glorious coastline and countryside, we’re spoiled for choice in the UK when it comes to choosing a destination for our next break. With the Peak district and Lake district being popular favourites for walking holidays.

Some people prefer natural coastal holidays with walking and such while others prefer resorts like Blackpool. How do coast and country breaks compare?

Do we as a nation prefer to feel the sea breeze in our hair and sand between our toes, or is the peace and quiet of the countryside much more appealing? There are so many historical places to visit in the UK.

The team at Cottages in Northumberland, a coastal cottages and country breaks holiday lettings agency based in Northumberland, is here to reveal the pros and cons of being beside the seaside and escaping to the country.

A pebbled beach with deckchairs facing the sea and a seagull flying above

Coastal breaks

With breath-taking sea views, delicious food and plenty of family-friendly things to do, it’s no wonder that a staggering 38% of the top ten holidays involved trips to the beach last year, according to research compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

And these aren’t the only things that the coast has to offer holidaymakers. A coastal break is also therapy for the mind, body and soul: relax by listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the coastline, sleep well from fresh sea air, and soften your feet with a walk along the beach.

Heading to the coast is also a chance to relive happy memories. From eating take-away fish and chips, making sandcastles on the beach, and rolling up trousers and sleeves to paddle in the sea, the percentage of trips to the beach last year shows that all the way through life, people love heading to the coast.

Coastal breaks do, however, have their drawbacks. More expensive than their countryside counterparts even in the off-peak season (from around £450 for seven nights, compared to £360 in the countryside), taking a coastal break in peak time also means that the town or village where you choose to reside will be much busier people-wise than a stay, at any time, in the vast, open countryside.

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Country breaks

While seaside breaks become part of our lives at a young age, escaping to the countryside is very much the idyll of these two types of holiday.

For many of us living in the UK’s densely populated towns and cities, the main draw of a break to the country is to fulfil our desire for peace and quiet. But the pleasures of the countryside don’t stop there, rural stately homes, picturesque landscapes, Britain’s darkest skies, and an abundance of walking and cycling routes all make the countryside the best places to relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life.

Country breaks are also a great opportunity to get closer to nature. Dig out your binoculars or even a quality scope and observe beautiful birds, butterflies, hedgehogs, foxes, rabbits, and even deer in the countryside.

While this all certainly sounds worlds away from urban life, the remoteness that comes with a countryside break is something that some city-types may find unnerving. And we don’t just mean that people-wise! If your smartphone is in your hand at all times, you may find an issue with the distinct lack of Wi-Fi and phone signal in the countryside. You might also find yourself travelling much further to pick up the evening’s dinner than you might at the seaside due to the lack of supermarket superstores and express shops alike.

A person holding an ice cream with a chocolate flake

What would be your favourite holiday? I quite like the idea of having no phone or Wi-Fi signal on one hand but I m not sure I could actually manage it! I do love the countryside though as much as the coast. My favourite areas are around Whitby and Bridington/Scarborough where there is lovely coastline but also not far from lovely countryside. The Northumberland coast seems lovely too.

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