Need staycation inspiration? Look this way…
Reddit users have been frantically scouring Google Maps using the street view tool to find the most picturesque spots in the UK.
In a thread entitled, “Who can find the most uplifting picture of the United Kingdom on Google Street view?” one user challenged the Reddit community to “try get some positivity”.
“Sure, there are some s**holes but also some beautiful places,” Mafihi continues: “What’s your favourite?”
With news that millions of UK workers are failing to use their accrued annual leave and 49% of us feeling that we’re “too busy” to take a holiday, this pocket of inspiration couldn’t have come at a better time.
Although we love the idea of jetting abroad to an idyllic island (like this one in Japan which has just been named TripAdvisor’s 2018 trending destination) as much as the next person, we’re not exactly feeling flush in the throes of January. Which is where the underrated staycation comes in.
As the pictures below show, you don’t need to go far afield to enjoy some breathtaking scenery or charming coastlines, and thanks to the host of budget-friendly boutique hotels scattered around the country, you can take a little break without breaking the bank.
If you’re lucky enough to live near one of these beauties, get yourself on a train and breath in some of that fresh air with a country walk (of which we’ve got a few recommended routes).
Portheras Cove, Cornwall
Hope Valley, Peak District
Ben Lomond, Scotland
Wast Water, Lake District National Park
Wast Water is a three mile long lake located in Wasdale, a valley in the western part of the Lake District National Park. It’s lush greenery is reason enough to put it on your list of must-visit places, following in the footsteps of the user that suggested it.
St Bernard’s Crescent, Edinburgh
Ashley Heath, Dorset
Summer Lane, New Forest
Little Horwood, Milton Keynes
About this classic English countryside view, one user said, “I went down here the other day - when I looked it up on Maps I couldn’t believe what a glorious day it was”. Another Redditer agreed, writing, “I love this kind of countryside - lowland farmland but with trees and hedges. I live in the Scottish Highlands but I actually find that kind of traditional farmland countryside more beautiful. It’s so lush looking!”
Panorama Walk, Barmouth
What a sight for sore eyes this corner of the world is. Panorama Walk is the perfectly named view point in Barmouth, Wales, as suggested by one Reddit user. Visitors are said to have been enjoying the views since Victorian times, which look out to the Mawddach estuary, of the Cader Idris range and of the Cardigan Bay.
Water-break-its-neck, Radnor Forest
We love that even from these non-professional shots from Google Maps it’s hard to argue with the beauty we have sitting right on our doorstep, here’s to making the most of it.
Images: Google Maps / Julien Laurent