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Popular Destinations In The UK To Visit For Nature-Lovers
Does the coast call you? Do you dream of rolling green hills and woodlands, or do you fancy bird-watching at a beautiful nature reserve? Try these destinations for a fantastic nature break.
The New Forest
Just 90 minutes away from London, the New Forest boasts mile upon mile of forest and woodland, heathland, open moors, wild ponies, and majestic glades. Choose from an excellent range of accommodation, from glamping tents and wooden lodges through to luxurious B&Bs, and enjoy high ropes, horse riding, and long peaceful walks.
The Peak District
One of the UK's most beautiful national parks, the Peak District is a nature paradise. Walk up Mam Tor, take a ride in a cable car at the Heights of Abraham, and visit the Peak Wildlife Park. Carsington Waters is a great spot to enjoy the great outdoors with facilities that include cycling tracks, watersports and a visitor centre with cafés and a shop.
Dumfries & Galloway
This spot is less well known by many of the UK's visitors, but it offers some of the most stunning countryside that you'll ever see. See red kites at the Mabie Forest, look out for dolphins and porpoise at the Mull of Galloway and visit the official Dark Zone of the New Galloway Forest at night, to see the stars in all their glory and without any city light pollution. Look out too for local foraging courses, where your expert guides will help you to pick edible plants, fungi, and seafood, before doing a cook up on one of the beaches.
Head to the Isle of Rum to see the annual red deer rut in all of its wild glory. With over 300 deer competing over females between September to November every year, the view of the wild deer rutting is one that has thrilled human watchers for centuries. See the local native wild ponies too, as you relax in one of the excellent local pubs with fine food and a whisky or two.
Head to Dartmoor for a butterfly safari with local guides in summer. Your guide will show you local species such as the high brown fritillary and the pearl-bordered, as you walk through beautiful green countryside, surrounded by colourful butterflies amongst the wildflowers. It's a lovely choice for those looking for a more laid-back approach to nature, with plenty of cafés and eateries nearby to recharge in afterwards.
Best Places to Stay for Nature Holidays in the United Kingdom
Following a long, cold and stormy winter, the first signs of spring are finally starting to show. With bluebells, daffodils and rhododendrons soon set to bloom, now is the perfect time to add country walks and spring flower spotting to upcoming holiday itineraries. HomeToGo has dug into the data to help holidaymakers find the top spots in which to see fabulous floral displays while on holiday this spring.
By comparing the number of public gardens with spring blooms on show, the variety of flowers therein, and the median price per night for a holiday home in the area, HomeToGo has created a ranking of the best UK counties for botanical breaks. Cornwall, the country's most popular staycation destination, took the top spot, followed by Kent and Sussex in second and third place, with Devon in fourth and Yorkshire in fifth.
Find a destination for a blooming lovely holiday this season with HomeToGo's round-up of 50 sites in which to see stunning spring flowers across the top ten counties:
🌸 Spring visitors to Cornwall can look forward to seeing highlights such as 300 varieties of daffodil at Cotehele House, Caerhays Castle's National Magnolia Collection and swathes of brightly coloured blooms in the Antony Woodland Garden - one of only five International Camellia Gardens of Excellence in the UK.
🌼 Kent locations such as Hole Park and Ightham Mote are famed for their carpets of bluebells, while thousands of tulips bring colour to Emmetts Garden and the grounds of Hever Castle in spring. Keen gardeners should add Great Comp's Spring Fling Plant Fair, scheduled for 10th April 2022, to their calendars.
🌷 Bluebells abound in Sussex with a dedicated walk at the Bates Green Garden and a wood at Sheffield Park. What's more, around 20 acres of the Standen House grounds are covered by these beautiful blue blooms. The county also sees two Tulip festivals starting in April - one at Arundel Castle and the other at Pashley Manor Gardens.
🌸 Take a stroll under the cherry blossom at Coleton Fishacre, or visit Knightshayes to see rhododendrons in Michael's Wood and wander by bluebells in Sir John's. From the famed grounds of Hotel Endsleigh to the hidden gem of Fast Rabbit Farms, there's no shortage of spring blooms on display in Devon.
🌼 Holidaymakers in Yorkshire can expect to see bellis and forget-me-nots amongst the 10,000 spring plants at Brodsworth Hall, alongside 110 different types of daffodil at Thorp Perrow Arboretum. For a more hands-on experience, Harewood House and RHS Harlow Carr offer Spring Wreath and Bouquet workshops during April.
How we created this guide (Methodology)
To create this ranking, we researched five data points for more than 50 counties across the UK: the number of public gardens with four types of spring-blooming flowers on show (bluebells, tulips, daffodils and rhododendrons) in addition to the median nightly price for accommodation in the area. After obtaining the raw data, we assigned each data point a representative numerical value between 5 and 10, with 5 representing the lowest data point and 10 representing the highest data point. We used the following equation in order to calculate this for every factor:
Score(i) = 5 · (x(i) - xmin ) / (xmax - xmin ) + 5
Price of Accommodation: We used internal HomeToGo data to find the median price per night for a holiday rental in each county between 20th March - 21st June 2022. The county with the lowest median price per night for a holiday rental was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining counties were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected in February 2022, prices and availability are subject to change.
Spring Flowers: We used data from Great British Gardens to find the number of public gardens listed as featuring bluebells, the number of public gardens listed as featuring tulips, the number of public gardens listed as featuring daffodils, and the number of public gardens listed as featuring rhododendrons in more than 50 counties. For each flower, the counties with the most gardens were given a score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 5 or higher.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does holiday accommodation for Nature Holidays in the UK cost?
You can find a brilliant holiday rental within the average price range of £100 - £186, with great discounts of as much as 60% available!
What types of holiday accommodation are available for Nature Holidays in the UK?
There's plenty of variety available when it comes to holiday accommodation for Nature Holidays in the UK, with 48,779 Cottage and 44,875 Apartment rentals on offer.
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