Follow In The Footsteps Of The BFG With These British Staycations

Roald Dahl’s magical books were always my go-to favourites as a child, as his stories always reached out to the young adventurer in me.

From the unforgettable adventures of James’ transatlantic flights in a giant peach, to Charlie’s surreal travels in a glass elevator, each of Dahl’s tales would take readers on a memorable journey of fantasy, exploration and fulfilment of dreams.

This week sees the DVD release of Disney’s version of the BFG – an exciting tale of Sophie, a young girl from London, who is taken by a mysterious giant and introduced to the many wonders and perils of Giant Country.

This much-loved novel has been warming the hearts of readers of all ages for over 30 years (including mine) and I have to say, Disney’s adaptation was not a disappointment.

Many of Dahl’s stories were greatly inspired by nature, and the film certainly stayed true to this. The use of dramatic, rugged scenery invites us into the mind of Dahl – a place where these very landscapes evoke our sense of adventure in a world where almost anything is possible.

So in honour of this week’s DVD release, and the year of Dahl’s centenary, why not recreate your own Giant Country with these other-worldly British staycation ideas…

Stonehenge, Wiltshire 

Follow In The Footsteps Of The BFG With These British Staycations

Here you can follow in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors and discover prehistoric monuments that fill the vast landscape surrounding Stonehenge. Most notably is The Stone Circle – one of Britain’s most iconic symbols. Named one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge is a spiritual location with a mysterious history spanning 4,500 years.

The Lake District, Cumbria 

Follow In The Footsteps Of The BFG With These British Staycations

As England’s largest national park, the Lake District is an adventurer’s paradise and (in my opinion) has some of the best views of Britain. And with 16 lakes surrounded by vast rolling hills, there are plenty of opportunities to do some exploring on either foot or water!

The Peak District, Derbyshire 

Follow In The Footsteps Of The BFG With These British Staycations

Located in the very heart of England, the Peak District’s mesmerising landscapes are testimony to the remarkable power of nature. Forged over millions of years, the scenery here really does take your breath away!

Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales

Follow In The Footsteps Of The BFG With These British Staycations

Grab your boots and explore the upland trails, because the Brecon Beacons is one of Britain’s best places for reconnecting with nature. From its pretty waterfalls and craggy caves to its quaint market towns and medieval castles – this part of South Wales has something for every kind of explorer.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Follow In The Footsteps Of The BFG With These British Staycations

Last, but certainly not least, is Scotland’s stunning Isle of Skye. These mystical lands were the prime filming location for Disney’s BFG and you only have to look around at it’s raw beauty and rugged landscapes to see why. With dramatic mountainous ranges dotted with islands, the Isle of Skye is a place of wonder and awe – much like how I imagine Giant’s Country.

What are your favourite outdoor staycations in Britain? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Disclaimer – This article was brought to you in collaboration with Classic British Hotels. But as always, all views expressed in this article are my own! 

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    November 27, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Thanks Nikki for sharing! I love Britain:) Visited many times! This movie must be nice! I read Ronald Dahl too when I was young, he is Dutch too:)

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    Michelle D.
    November 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’m currently studying in Britain and have personally been to both Stonehenge and Wales and it is beautiful. Didn’t know about Isle of Skye though, I’ll have to make a trip there! Xx

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    November 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Growing up, I was a big fan of Roald Dahl’s books and Big Friendly Giant was definitely one of my favorites. I’d love to visit all these locations. Stonehenge has been on my bucket list for so long already 🙂

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    Faith Coates
    November 30, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    A great couple of spots to staycation – may I also suggest hitting the Avebury Henge as well. Unlike Stonehenge you can actually get close to the stones and wander among them, much cooler. The village also has the coolest shop ever the Henge Shop to visit and pick up your little momentos.

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    December 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I absolutely love this post1 what a brilliant idea. As a kid I really enjoyed reading Roald Dahl’s books and in particular the BFG. I have been to a couple of these locations but not all of them.

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    December 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    The Lake District looks beautiful! I would love to visit! I loved the BFG book and need to watch the movie so I can visit all of these places!

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    December 7, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Britain is so lovely and inviting. All these staycation ideas are so tempting. My favourite would be Scotland. Always dreamt about the wonderful landscapes of Scotland.

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