If you are anything like me then you will love a great panorama! As a photographer, I am very much a visual person so when a recent study put together the top views in the UK, I had to share them with you – especially if you are looking for somewhere particularly picturesque to propose!
Which Views in the UK Were Included?
Researchers recently asked the public to vote on the most picturesque views in the UK, with the White Cliffs of Dover, York Minster and the Angel of the North all making the cut.
Top of the list of the views that inspire, delight and excite us was the iconic Loch Ness, with 27 percent of Brits insisting it was their favourite vista. This was joined by Lake Windermere in the Lake District , the capital’s London Eye and the Tower of London.
A range of vistas from all over the UK made the list, spanning the Yorkshire Dales , the Welsh views of Snowdonia, Ben Nevis in Scotland and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland – as featured in Game of Thrones – one which I can certainly understand having been there.
A Proud Nation
According to the research, by London North Eastern Railway (LNER), a whopping two thirds of Britons have desperately missed being able to visit UK beauty spots during the past year and 58 percent hope to visit their favourite UK destinations now restrictions have been lifted.
David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “It’s clear to see that as a nation we’re proud to be home to some amazing views, ranging from natural beauty like Loch Ness and the Yorkshire Dales to great cities like London and York. Although restrictions are in place for now, it is not difficult to see why so many of us will be looking to explore the beauty of Britain once it is safe to do so.
The study also discovered that we are a proud nation, as nearly half insisted that we are blessed with some of the most beautiful views in the world, and a further 44 percent admitting they are grateful to live somewhere that has such stunning scenery.
Two thirds of the nation have British beauty spots and destinations on their own personal travel bucket lists.
What Makes the UK Views Spectacular
So, what it is about Britain’s views that make them so spectacular?
Included were a great mix of both landscapes and urban cityscapes, plenty of history to see in our views, and the proximity of city and countryside meaning you can be transported to a different view in minutes.
Despite Britain being a small island, many agree that it is home to places that feel wild and undiscovered, with rural beauty spots like the Robin Hood’s Bay also making the list.
In fact, more than half of the people surveyed go as far to say that a UK-based trip can be just as enjoyable – or even better – than a holiday abroad and like to explore destinations that offer plenty to discover, beautiful views and scenery and going somewhere they have never been before.
The research also reveals that 77 percent of Brits hoping to holiday this summer are intending to take a UK staycation first before planning a trip abroad.
What Are The Top Ten Views in the UK?
Loch Ness – Scotland 27%
Lake Windermere – Lake District 27%
The London Eye 26%
The Tower of London 24%
St Ives Bay, Cornwall 24%
Ingleton, The Yorkshire Dales 24%
Snowdonia, Wales 23%
Man O’War beach, The Jurassic Coast – 20%
The White Cliffs of Dover 19%
Stonehenge, Salisbury 19%
Who were the Runners-Up?
- Ben Nevis, Lochaber – Scotland 18%
- Cheddar Gorge, Somerset 18%
- York Minster, York 17%
- Loch Lomond, The Trossachs National Park – Scotland 16%
- Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons, Wales 16%
- The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland 16%
- Durdle Door, Dorset 15%
- Westminster Bridge, London 15%
- Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh 15%
- St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall 14%
- Peak District view from Stanage Edge – Derbyshire 13%
- Buttermere, the Lake District 13%
- Robin Hoods Bay, the Dinosaur Coast – Yorkshire 13%
- Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland 12%
- Richmond Park, London 12%
- The Angel of the North, Gateshead 11%
- The Three Sisters, Glencoe Valley – Scotland 11%
- Freshwater Bay, the Isle of Wight 11%
- Eden Valley – Cumbria 10%
- Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland 9%