Silver Travel Book Club - May 2020

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Silver Travel Book ClubEach month, we'll find out what Andrew is reading about a different destination, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win a free copy of the month's book.

HF HolidaysThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by
HF Holidays – is reading The Great British Bucket List: Utterly Unmissable Britain by Richard Madden.

Discover white sandy beaches, fly a Spitfire and tuck in to the perfect fish & chips.

If you want to skydive or swim with sharks, stop reading now. This book is all about achievable adventures that celebrate the very best of Britain. Travel writer Richard Madden has compiled the ultimate bucket list of unique experiences that can be enjoyed in the UK from cheese rolling in Gloucestershire and stargazing in Northumberland, to a cliff-top theatre in Cornwall or an opera with a champagne picnic and magnificent views of the South Downs.

The adventures to be ticked off the list also include glamping, exploring ancient castles and foraging for wild food. And of course (this being Britain) there are plenty of ideas for rainy days.

We’re still conscious of physical travel restrictions at the moment, of course, but we hope that by 2021 life is beginning to return to normal. Initially at least, perhaps, we'll all be thinking of travelling closer to home. Our sponsor HF Holidays has some great holidays around the UK.

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Take in the dramatic Dorset coastline or Cornish coast. Traverse the winding mountain trails of the Scottish Highlands or Snowdonia, explore the picture-postcard valleys of the Lake District and look out over the patchwork colours of the Shropshire moorlands and Peak District, among others.

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Great British Bucket ListHow to win a copy of 'The Great British Bucket List: Utterly Unmissable Britain' by Richard Madden

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us where you'd like to head first in Great Britain after lockdown restrictions are lifted, or what's on your own British Bucket List?

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  • From-marge
    6 days ago
    We'd go back as a family to Camusdarach beach with the caravan, listening to the 'Local Hero' soundtrack all the way. There is no more beautiful place in Scotland.

  • Sararose
    7 days ago
    I was on an HF Holiday in Malham some years ago with a group of walkers. I had just had a hip replacement so was unable to walk very far at all. The caretaker at the hotel was extremely helpful driving me to the village and back but I would love to go back and actually walk round Malham Cove and nearby. It is so beautiful there. HF holidays are wonderful and have graded walks to suit all levels.
  • Geety
    10 days ago
    The stones of Callanish are my big bucket list venue. Once lockdown is over...
  • SilverTravelEditor
    13 days ago
    Wow! Thanks for so many thoughtful comments on this month's Silver Travel Book Club page. You've covered a decent chunk of Britain with your 'Bucket List' plans for travel destinations as soon as we're able.
    We really are fortunate to have so many beautiful options, aren't we, whether countryside, city, coast, village, mountain or valley.
    I reckon sales of motor-homes and camper-vans will boom, as we look to explore every corner of our home countries in safety, before more distant travel feels sensible again.
    Please keep the thoughts flowing...there's still a week left to win a copy of 'The Great British Bucket List: Utterly Unmissable Britain' by Richard Madden. All you have to do is let us know where you'd like to head first in a post-lockdown Great Britain. Yes, it's that easy!
  • GypsyWanderer
    13 days ago
    Years ago I was due to go on a walking holiday to the Orkney Islands but foot and mouth put a stop to that. Now that memory of what did not happen has come back to me, with the dream of quiet walks, secluded places, a magical coastline and space, space, glorious space.
    Yes, defiantly on my bucket list and, I’m guessing, in this fascinating book.
  • Ruth
    15 days ago
    Lots of places to still explore and enjoy. Thank you for telling us about them so we can plan trips to visit some of these amazing beauty spots.
  • Loudunlady
    17 days ago
    I would go to Mudeford in Dorset.
    We spent do many holidays there with our children.
    Crab fishing on the promenade followed by a crab race.
    Getting the ferry to Hengistbury Head. Then decisions decisions! Ferry into Christchurch or the Noddy Train to the top of Hengistbury!
    Beach time and sandcastles.
    Wonderful memories!
  • Hotrod
    17 days ago
    To the highlands and islands in Scotland. Would love to visit one of the folk festivals.
  • GrahamT
    22 days ago
    Wales to see my daughters and grandchildren
  • Easyliving
    23 days ago
    I'd head off to Helford Passage - a village in west Cornwall on the Helford river. Plenty of beautiful places to visit including Trebah Gardens - a stunning botanical gardens with a fine costal backdrop and rated among one of the finest 80 gardens in the world. It is certainly worth a visit.
  • Dinah
    24 days ago
    This looks very interesting. I would love to read this book.
  • LizCraw5
    24 days ago
    the old man of hoy is what i would love to see
  • yooseful
    25 days ago
    Isle of Wight - particularly St Helens. Many happy memories with friends and family over the years
  • sefalleyne
    25 days ago
    Scarborough. Never been but everyone says it is the seaside resort in UK
  • BournemouthBelle
    25 days ago
    I would love to stay on Burgh Island, then go on to the Scilly Isles. On my UK bucket list is to see all the wonderful cathedrals throughout our British Isles.
  • Kim99
    25 days ago
    Edinburgh - we were meant to be celebrating my daughter’s 21st birthday there before lockdown.
  • JulesC
    26 days ago
    Down to Kent to see family and celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary.
  • JulieAAA
    26 days ago
    I want to go and see my brother and his wife, plus their two children, their spouses, and five grandchildren, my nephews and nieces, who all live in Swindon. As I live "up North" a very long way away, I might make a real trip of it and go back to Bath and/or Bristol, both of which are lovely cities that I'd love to visit again.
  • Neonmeatdream
    26 days ago
    Avon Beach on the beautiful Dorset / Hampshire border.
  • Linda48
    26 days ago
    We'll be heading down to Warminster - a trip we had booked for the beginning of April & had to cancel
  • DonnaB
    26 days ago
    To the South West to visit family and enjoy fish & chips on the Barbican, Plymouth then onto a lovely camping break near one of the many beautiful beaches in Cornwall.
  • SuzCG
    26 days ago
    We were talking about this just the other day and hubby and I decided we have both always wanted to visit Whitby and have never got round to it. So that's where we plan on heading as soon as restrictions are lifted. Fish and chips in Whitby here we come - big tick on our bucket list!
  • GrannyCR
    26 days ago
    My children and grandchildren will be the first priority, a 6 hour drive away.
  • Jolie58
    27 days ago
    Back to beautiful Salthouse village in Norfolk with all our family because family life is what’s most important after all this - our family ancestors originate from here and lay at rest in the Churchyard so tranquil so peaceful.
  • Eternal-Teenager
    27 days ago
    The Garden of Cosmic Speculation certainly sounds and looks like a feast for the heart, mind and spirit.
    So I would head off for Holywood in Scotland.