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Let’s get Scilly.
If you’re not really a townie and are looking for a get-away-from-it all retreat, the serene Isles of Scilly are just the ticket. Good enough for the likes of Jude Law, ex James Bond Sir Roger Moore and children’s writer Michael Morpurgo, these Atlantic outposts offer dream landscapes and a chance to slow down, reports the Daily Mail.
The Scilly Isles are made up of five inhabited islands with a joint population of just 2,000 and only 900 vehicles between them. Most visitors arrive at St Mary's, the largest island, by boat, plane or helicopter and then forget transport altogether. The island is just 2½ miles long by 1¾ miles wide, so it’s not only easy but highly enjoyable to walk or cycle to its charming coves or wilder shores. Rent a bike at St Mary’s Bike Hire (0779 663 8506).
St Mary’s capital, Hugh Town, is tiny but is home to almost half the archipelago’s population. STAY at the impressive, stone-built Star Castle Hotel, which overlooks Hugh Town (www.star-castle.co.uk 01720 422317). From there you can take a 20-minute walk to Old Town or stroll to the Bronze Age village at Bant’s Carn.