We’re living in harsh times. The economy is in the toilet, unemployment is rife, and suddenly all the materialism of the recent past can at times seem a little bit, well, distasteful. What better time to reconnect with your spiritual side, and get back to nature? Yorkshire Dales National Park nature, to be specific. Bivouac Swinton, set on the Swinton Estate, is such an outstanding outdoor experience that in no time you’ll be binning your iPhone and stepping out into the real world again.
There are rustic shacks, woodland walks and incredible vistas, all presented under the sheltering principles of sustainable tourism and eco-awareness, and for those who are feeling a little bit pagan: visit the Druid’s Temple. Whether you’re into adventure sports or relaxing with a book, it’s all good in the wood.
Dyed-in-the-wool city slickers need not be nervous about abandoning civilization either. If you suddenly find yourself missing the comforts of home, Swinton Park, a short drive away, is home to a luxury castle hotel.