With many campsites open or about to open, caravanners and motorcaravanners have been able to snatch back summer holidays from the jaws of the pandemic, but where are the nation’s favourite holiday hotspots.
As holiday makers research the possibilities of where to go using social media – studies have revealed a 156% increase over last year on the search term ‘UK staycation’ – the weather that can be expected will play a big part in the decision making process.
Caravan insurance provider Safeguard has made an analysis of Instagram’s location hashtags to reveal the nation’s favourite holiday hotspots and has married this with AccuWeather data for July to September on each location, so that if you are looking for sunshine you know where to go. Devon heads the list of the 10 most instagrammed destinations. For a full list see below.
10. North York Moors — 96,991 posts
Grab lungfuls of fresh air as you walk the wide open spaces of these craggy uplands covered in heather. The North York Moors have had National Park status since 1952.
9. Dumfries — 102,34 posts
The historic riverside market town of Dumfries was home to JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and the final resting place of Robert Burns. It also boasts one of Scotland’s oldest bridges.
8. Aviemore — 123,067 posts
Ethereal scenery is Aviemore’s gift to photographers; it’s located in the midst of the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by mountains, lochs and forests and some very special wildlife, the town is perfect for those seeking adventure.
7. Exmoor — 164,054 posts
Moorland, deep wooded valleys and a spectacular high-cliffed coastline make up the diverse landscape of this national park. Explore its villages and keep an eye out for its wild ponies.
6. Oban — 200,285 posts
Gorgeous would describe the harbour town of Oban, with colourful houses along its quayside and streets that climb into the hills that surround it. It boasts a famous whisky distillery.
5. Yorkshire Dales — 432,717 posts
Seeking adventure? Head to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, home to the Three Peaks Challenge, steep valleys, high fells and spectacular waterfalls.
4. Northumberland — 979,524 posts
England’s northernmost county offers wild open spaces of moorland, rolling hills and ancient castles towering over unspoilt beaches. Visit Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne, and the Roman Empire’s most northerly outpost, Hadrian’s Wall.
3. Dorset — 1,929,328 posts
Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are just two of the iconic features of Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline. Walk the Purbeck Hills and explore the county town of Dorchester.
2. The Lake District — 2,635,488 posts
The breathtaking beauty of England’s Lakeland is a magnet for walkers, photographers, lovers of watersports and nature. Don’t forget your waterproofs, it might rain.
1. Devon — 3,440,167 posts
Two coastlines, both alike in beauty, but different. The north offers rugged cliffs and long stretches of sandy beaches. The south is dubbed the English Riviera with the attractive seaside towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
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