Friday, 20 January 2017

Affordable Day Trips FT. Stagecoach

If you are starting University in September, chances are you’re saving every penny towards the freshers fund. For second and third year students, you’ll also be saving up too to make sure you have a few extra penny once the next semester rolls around. However shutting yourself isn’t the plan, it is still summer so make the good use of the bright sunshine whilst we still have it, don’t just wait for the summer to finish! There are plenty of affordable day trips that will get you and your friend out and about without costing you a fortune. Here are some suggestions for affordable day trips for yourself and I, people who are saving money.
Tynemouth – We still have the sun, so what better way to soak up the sun than with a visit to the seaside? Tynemouth was recently voted the best coastal town in Britain by Rough Guides and it’s easy to see why. Pack a picnic and spend a day on Tynemouth Longsands beach watching surfers or explore the 2,000 years old Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Entry costs £4.70 with a student card discount (woo!), so your cultural exploration won’t break the bank either.
Rufford Abbey Country Park – If you’re a history student or have a keen interest in Britain’s past, why not pay a visit to Rufford Abbey Country Park? When you’re not wandering around the picture-perfect gardens, try to explore the haunted remains of the medieval monastery – if you’re brave enough! Are you? Once you’ve had enough of ghosts and ghouls, grab an outdoor picnic bench and enjoy a spot of lunch. Entrance to the park is free too, BONUS!
Lake District – As arguably Britain’s best-loved beauty spot, there’s so much to see and to do in Lake District, so much that I’ll give this it’s own section of suggestions. Here are the highlights from the region:
  1. Dove Cottage: English students can earn some pre-semester brownie points by paying a visit to Wordsworth’s former home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Take a tour around his first family home and explore the garden where the penned some of his famous poetry. Student entry only cost £7.25 (another woo!) when you show a valid student ID – a small price to pay for a large slice of the heritage!
  2. Derwent Water Marina: The water may be still, but there’s plenty going on at Derwent Water Marina. If you’re really trapped for cash, spend the day admiring the many docked sailing boats. However, if you do have a little more cash to spare, why not hire a rowing boat and get out on the lake yourself? One hour is around £14. Split the cost between you & your mates and hit the water to explore the hidden coves and secluded islands surrounding the lake. Fancy something different? Stand up paddle boarding is available for just £9 if you fancy flexing your water sports skills.
  3. Walks: What would a visit to the Lake District be without walking those impressive hills? The great thing about the Lakes is that there are walks to suit everyone, whether you’re wandering along the flatter terrain that surrounds the larger lakes, or tackling a more demanding hike such as England’s highest peak – Scafell Pike. For a low-cost day in the Lakes, you can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned ramble, although you may have to invest in some decent walking boots before you go.
Getting to each of those destinations is affordable too. Stagecoach bus services sun close to each of those destinations, so you can leave the car at home and save some cash. Kick-start your summer, get outdoors and start planning your journey NOW!
This post is kindly sponsored by Stagecoach.
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