BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019

Each year BBC Countryfile Magazine gives us all the opportunity to celebrate the best of the British countryside by voting in their annual awards. There are ten categories to choose from including Best National Park, Britain’s Best Landmark and even Best Pub. Let’s take a look at some of the places that are of special interest to us here at Mickledore then we’ll tell you how you can get involved yourself.

Best Holiday Destination

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is among those shortlisted for Best Holiday Destination and we couldn’t be happier. It’s an absolutely stunning part of the country, a walker’s paradise. Alfred Wainwright’s classic Coast to Coast arrives in from Cumbria and we have a further three walking holidays, the Dales Way, the Herriot Way and Lady Anne’s Way. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for North Yorkshire.

Best National Park

Rievaulx Abbey

Two national parks very dear to us are among the five shortlisted in this category. In addition to being one of three parks visited on the Coast to Coast, the North York Moors National Park is home to the Cleveland Way. Rievaulx Abbey, picture above, being one of the many highlights.

Whitesands Beach to Trefin

Up against the North York Moors is the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park home to easily one of our most popular holidays, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The image above was taken by our client Erika Scantamburlo in August 2017 as she walked from Whitesands Beach to Trefin. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Britain’s Best Landmark

Nine Standards

Two of the five shortlisted in the category of Britain’s Best Landmark will no doubt be very familiar to many of you.

Nine Standards Rigg sits on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the North Pennines overlooking the town of Kirkby Stephen. It is a much loved landmark on Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast. One theory on their origin, suggests the large stone cairns were first constructed by the Roman army to resemble troops from a distance.

Hadrian's Wall

Whether or not the Romans were responsible for the Nine Standards we’ll perhaps never know, but we do know for sure they had a hand in the second shortlisted landmark, another coast to coast, Hadrian’s Wall. The most famous of all the frontiers of the Roman empire the wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. Today this outstanding landmark provides us with one of our most popular walking holidays

Other Categories

Watervole Coutryfile Awards

Our interest in the awards extends way beyond those shortlisted that are directly related to our work here at Mickledore. After all our love of the countryside around us isn’t limited to walking. It is difficult however to look at the categories and not have favourites. In the Best Beach category for instance we have one eye on  Cefn Sidan, at Carmarthenshire. Cartmel here in Cumbria and Ingleton in North Yorkshire both hold appeal to us in the Best Village category and the Gertrude Jekyll Garden, on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne gets our vote for Best Garden. Best Pub is always hotly contested and it’s a really strong field once again. I myself have enjoyed fine ale and food in the Clachaig Inn at Glencoe on several occasions so I’ll be interested to see the outcome there. The awards recognise a lot of good work done each year and that’s abundantly clear in both the Best Nature Reserve and Wildlife Success categories..Finally, the Reader Photo of the Year category comprises eleven stunning images which had won Reader Photo of the Month in 2018.

Click Here to view the shortlist from each category.

How to Vote

Simply Click Here to vote for your favourites. Voting closes at 23:59pm on 17th February. Enjoy!



Client Feedback

I walked with you for the past four years. I’d say, keep doing it! Your perfect service, the welcoming people of England and Wales, and the kind weather every time I come, change nothing, England to me is paradise!

Cotswold Way, April 2019
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We have used you about 6 times now and every time the quality of everything you do is outstanding. We booked late this year and were amazed you managed to get us such good accommodation, thank you! All the hosts say how brilliant Mickledore are and how they love working with you.

West Highland Way, July 2019
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Q: How likely is it that you would recommend Mickledore to a friend? A: extremely likely because my wife and I absolutely loved the 5 days walking along the South West Coast Path, partly because of the scenery but also we always felt relaxed and confident that with Mickledore’s professional organisation we would not come to any problems (which we didn’t, thank you).

South West Coast Path: North Cornwall, June 2019
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