Dorset

Sometimes we can't all afford to jet off to the Maldives as the weather in the UK worsens. What many people may not realise is that Britain has some of the most beautiful landmarks and historical sites in the world, which is why, after a long few months on the verge of burning out, I headed down to the Dorset coast to explore.

Staying in a hotel wasn't something we wanted to do as it can be quite a sterile choice without much privacy, so instead chose a small wooden hut just down from a yurt camping site. Called Baba Yaga, the hut was a walk through a field past some friendly cows and horses, tucked in the middle of the biggest trees and a mini lake covered in green algae. The hut itself, which we found on Airbnb, had its own private shower and toilet just outside, with the inside having its own kitchenette, living area with a wood burner and a cosy bed built above it.

It was the cosiest option for the weekend, with the wood burner allowing the place to stay almost too warm on occasions, as the sun set just through the trees as well as streaming in from the kitsch pothole window next to the bed, as well as the kitchen itself having enough to make our own meals, pour our own wine and then fawn over the copper utensils.

The weekend itself, however, was best spent outside, exploring the region. The Jurassic coast isn't doable in a day due to being over 100 miles long, however, one of the most popular spots is Lulworth Cove. The blue lagoon which is surrounded by the cliffside is accessible either by steep steps or ambitious kayakers, with it being nicely secluded from the rest of the beach. The way the sea comes in also creates a beautifully unique scallop effect on the shore.

Right next to it is the famous Durdle Door, a landmark arch built into the sea. We happily sat on the pebble beach, picking up tiny shells as we were surrounded by water swimmers and young families as far down the beach as the eye could see. The steep walk down is worth it, but the steep walk back up again is definitely something to be rewarded with an ice cream whilst you catch your breath.

A drive further down takes you to Chesil Beach, which many literature students may know from Ian McEwan's famous novel, "On Chesil Beach." Again, its length can't be tackled in one day walking but stopping in at the point of the Natural Trust cafe gives a few guided walks along the cliffs looking down onto the beach, where many can be spotted fishing in the rich sea.

The nature aspect is one that in Autumn is the best, as it avoids the summer crowds as well as the blistering winter winds. A literal breath of fresh air next to the seafront, exploring some of Britains oldest heritage landmarks is the best prescription for anyone needing a break from life.

Otherwise, a stop into the town of Bridport offers some kooky sites and comfortable wanderings on a Sunday. A sign stating how a monarch "could" have looked out of a window provides laughs, and the most beautiful flower shops and bookstores are located in the prettiest of buildings to wander around. Stop for a roast dinner at The Market House with a large glass of wine to finish the weekend off.

A weekend away in the UK is something many may not think is needed. But with the beautiful beaches and the cosiest Airbnb that I've ever stayed in, settling in with a fire, a bottle of wine and a good film is exactly what I, and I think everyone needs once in a while.

Kara Godfreydorset, UK