According to Sykes Staycation Index report 2023, ‘’32% of people are looking to travel solo this year, with Keswick in Cumbria leading the way as the number one location for solo travellers.’’
So, what makes Keswick the ‘Adventure Capital of the Lake District’, and why is it the perfect destination for solo travellers?
Most notably (and obviously!), the Lake District is renowned for its beautiful bodies of water, and with this comes water activities galore! Derwentwater is one of Keswick’s main assets, and one of the most popular ways to enjoy the beauty of the lake is to hop on one of the Keswick launches. You can use your ticket to disembark at any of the 7 landing stages around the lake and hop back on any time you like – perfect for pleasing the solo traveller!
Alongside the lake cruises, there are plenty of lakeside trails to meander along, and paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes to set sail by yourself.
If you fancy a more cultural evening, the stunning Theatre by the Lake hosts many shows, live music, and exhibitions all year round.
If you fancy somewhere a little further South, The Cotswolds offers the perfect environment to lose yourself in the beautiful English countryside. This area has been given the status of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and therefore you won’t be short of unforgettable hikes, gardens, and views.
Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the busier Cotswolds towns, so is the perfect base camp for the solo traveller who may want a livelier place to stay! With a quaint market centre and dotted with 18th century Georgian buildings, it has all the charm of the classic English countryside town.
Solo travelling isn’t for everyone, but it can deliver access to the world around us in ways that other forms of vacation or staycations don’t. You may be concerned about certain aspects such as safety or loneliness, but rest assured it can bring so many positives; it encourages you to grow as a person, improves your problem-solving skills and can enrich your life in ways exclusive to this form of travelling.