North­ern ex­po­sure

SNAP HAPPY: The top half of our coun­try is far more pho­to­genic than the south, a sur­vey by Nikon re­veals. Sarah Mar­shall re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Travel -

NY­ONE who still be­lieves it’s grim up north could soon find them­selves in a mi­nor­ity. In a new sur­vey com­mis­sioned by Nikon to dis­cover the UK’s most scenic spots, the north of Eng­land scooped the top five places.

Two thou­sand peo­ple were asked to se­lect the UK’s best well-known beauty spots, with 38 per cent agree­ing that Windermere in the Lake Dis­trict is un­doubt­edly the most pic­turesque lo­ca­tion.

Not far be­hind in sec­ond place was the York­shire Dales (34 per cent), an area of rolling green pas­tures lat­ticed by low stone walls and with high heather moor­land.

In third place was the Peak Dis­trict (33 per cent), the Der­byshire Na­tional Park pop­u­lar with hik­ers and with at­trac­tions in­clud­ing his­toric homes such as Chatsworth and Bolsover Castle.

Next up was Snow­do­nia in Wales (32 per cent), known as the place of ea­gles by lo­cal res­i­dents. There are nine moun­tain ranges to ex­plore in the Na­tional Park with some peaks ris­ing above 915m.

The Scot­tish High­lands fea­tured in fifth place, with Loch Ness be­ing the favoured pho­to­graphic spot (30 per cent).

The fi­nal two places on the ta­ble were taken by beauty spots in the South: Stone­henge and the White Cliffs of Dover scored a joint 26 per cent.

Re­as­sur­ingly, the sur­vey re­vealed that 72 per cent be­lieve the UK pos­sesses some of the most strik­ing land­scapes in the world, which helps ex­plain why an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple are choos­ing to take stay­ca­tions.

What’s more, the pos­si­bil­ity of bad weather was con­sid­ered by many bud­ding snap­pers to be a plus point, with 70 per cent say­ing over­cast skies made for a bet­ter pic­ture.

Land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher Jeremy Walker said: “For me, va­ri­ety is what makes our coun­try­side so bril­liantly Bri­tish. From the York­shire Dales with its brood­ing, bleak moor­land, gen­tle rolling hills and dry stone walls to the drama of Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park, which is un­like any­where else you would find in the UK, there’s so much on of­fer for the pho­tog­ra­pher.”

Those look­ing for lesser-known beauty spots should try the Isle of Skye, Cornwall’s Lizard Penin­sula and the Pistyll Rhaeadr Wa­ter­falls in Wales, which all topped an al­ter­na­tive des­ti­na­tion chart.

And what sub­ject mat­ter should you in­clude for that quin­tes­sen­tial Bri­tish pho­to­graph? A red phone box or post box were the key icons, ac­cord­ing to 86 per cent, fol­lowed by a pub, cricket green or coun­try­side vil­lage.

PIC­TURE PER­FECT: The lime­stone scenery of the York­shire Dales puts it among the UK’s beauty spots, along­side the Lakes and the Peak Dis­trict.

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