Britain may have some of the world’s best theme parks, stately homes and tourist attractions yet when it comes to UK breaks it’s walking that is our favourite thing to do. New research carried out on behalf of UK travel and tourism specialists iknow-uk shows that when booking a holiday in the British Isles more than half of people rated the opportunity for scenic walks more highly than local pubs, shopping, sports, theme parks or on-site entertainment and they have revealed the top ten spots.
iknow-uk, which runs 16 regional websites covering the UK’s most popular tourism destinations, also revealed Britain’s favourite places for a walk. By far the most searched for walk was the Ystradfellte Waterfall Walk in Powys. This signposted and mostly easy-going walk leads past and even behind three stunning waterfalls. The second most popular destination for a walk was Skiddaw, the UK’s fourth highest mountain, in the Lake District, followed by Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Marcus Simmons, managing director of iknow-uk, said, “From the Lake District to the Jurassic Coast the UK has some incredible scenery and endless opportunities for great walks. Although people love to visit theme parks and other tourist attractions sometimes it’s more relaxing to spend time away from the crowds. Our research reveals that many of us want to do just that when we’re on holiday in the UK by rating opportunities for a walk higher than any other type of entertainment."
Across its 16 websites, iknow-uk lists the widest range of holiday accommodation including B&Bs, hotels, guesthouses, and holiday cottages and flats. Many of these offer specially tailored holidays for walkers or advice and information on the best places to go. For more information visit www.iknow-uk.com.
The top ten most searched for walking destinations across iknow UK’s websites were:
1. Ystradfellte Waterfall Walk, Powys
2. Skiddaw, Lake District
3. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
4. Edinburgh ghost walks
5. The Quantock Hills, Somerset
6. Dolgellau, Gwynedd
7. Brockenhurst, Hampshire
8. Oakhampton, Devon
9. Holmfirth, Peak District
10. Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire