April is UK Stress Awareness Month, so SCRUBD feel that due attention should be paid. This month lots of us will be feeling drawn, tired and low on energy (a great time of year to start using the Anti-Ageing Eye Gel) due to less Vitamin D from the sun. Combat this by preparing time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and have a mini-getaway somewhere remote. SCRUBD shares it’s most relaxing destinations with you here.
Wind down in Walberswick, Suffolk
Walberswick is a great sea sport town, having hosted the British Open Crabbing Championship from 1981 to 2010. Setting up on a jetty or footbridge to see what you can catch is an extremely therapeutic and solitary activity to bring your stress levels right down. There is an obvious answer for where to eat in the evenings: grab a table by the open fire at the Michellin recommended pub, The Anchor.
De-Stress at Durdle Door, Dorset
In the middle of the Jurassic Coastline in Dorset, Durdle Door (meaning drilled doorway) is a historic sight to behold. The natural limestone arch is privately owned by the Weld family, whos 12,000 acres comprise the Lulworth Estate, but is open to the public, with brilliant coastline walks and view points of the archway. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay near Wareham Airbnb is the perfect hastle free solution, with a selection of quiet, secluded houses available for the Spring and Summer months. This is a great childfriendly option, as well as being a beautiful, still place to be.
Kick back in Kingham, Oxfordshire
Time doesn’t always allow for getting further afield, but Oxfordshire works well for a commute on a Friday night for a short, weekend break. This village is filled with sandstone cottages and great pubs to relax in, take your book and settle in my the fire. This is the home of famed organic farmshops Daylesford, so food is high on the agenda. The place to stay is the The Wild Rabbit, with the Kingham Plough, another great gastro-pub, only a short walk away.
Silence in the City of London (only on a Sunday)
If you are really strapped for time it’s a little known fact that The Square Mile is one of London’s most tranquil places on a Sunday. SCRUBD recommend walking around St Paul’s (surprisingly empty at the weekends as well), then down Gresham Street and into the financial hub of Leadenhall Street. Leadenhall Market, a similar style to the arcades on Picadilly, will be completely desserted, like a ghost town. Lunch at The Lamb Tavern comes highly recommended.
Calm in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Mawgan Porth and the pretty village of St. Mawgan sit in the ideal location between Padstow and Newquay on the ruggid Cornish coast. The beautiful west facing beach is the perfect place to blow out the cobwebs, but watch out as Boardmasters surf festival is held there in the middle of August. If you’re searching for somewhere to stay in this secluded bay look no further than The Scarlet Hotel, a tranquil getaway for adults only.
The Centre for World Peace and Health, Holy Isle, North Ayrshire, Scotland
SCRUBD’s ultimate undisturbed destination, if you are searching for a secluded getaway and de-stress, is the Centre for World Peace. This is a Bhuddist retreat, but don’t be fooled, it will work wonders on the fraught and over-tired city-dweller. This humble home on the West coast of Scotland greets you with optional meditations, and guests are asked to stick to 5 golden rules that include no lying and no intoxicants!