Weekend breaks are a perfect way to escape from the stresses of our day to day lives. At this festive time of year many people would think the best place to visit might be areas famed for having Christmas markets or slopes filled with fresh powder. For example, Lille’s Christmas markets or the brilliant ski resort Val d’Isère. 

Whilst these places have their own unique strengths as romantic or exhilarating weekend getaways, they weren’t what my girlfriend and I were after this weekend. For one thing, neither of us can really afford to pay for a flight or Eurostar on a trip that will only last three days or so. What we were really after was a trip to the middle of nowhere in some cheapish accommodation. This sounds easy enough, but when you don’t want to travel for more than two hours by car, finding the middle of nowhere so close to London can be pretty troublesome.

In the end, we had to settle for a trip to the middle of somewhere. This just so happened to be Patching in West Sussex. Whilst this destination was near Worthing and Brighton, there was more than enough countryside to make us feel as though we were far away from the hustle and bustle of London. The countryside in the surrounding area was peaceful, with our accommodation a short walk away from a large woodland area which provided enough trees and diverging pathways to make you feel suitably lost. 

We spent our days traversing between our Airbnb, the World’s End pub and the various walks/rambling routes around the area. This would have been enough to make us both feel relaxed and well-fed; it was only by chance that we ended up in the historic town Arundel. This offered a huge castle and church that date back to the 11th and 19th centuries respectively. 

All in all, I would recommend going to Patching, or indeed any part of Southern England’s countryside. Going to a place with clean, fresh air was and always will be the best way to feel relaxed!