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The most picturesque places to visit in the UK this spring

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Your Instagram follower count will bloom faster than a field full of daffodils after you post a grid pic from one of these lovely places.

Okay, spring may still feel a little way off, but we’re nothing if not optimistic. Spring gives us so much to look forward to: flowers popping up, lighter evenings to be filled with Aperol Spritzes, and a whole lot of Instagram material. After all, doesn’t everything looks better in sunlight.

As well as popping to your local beer garden to enjoy the fairer weather, there are some spots in the UK that are not to be missed at this time of year. 

To celebrate that spring is on its way, Forest Holidays has analysed almost 100,000 Instagram posts to identify the most photographic places to visit this spring.

The top 10 spots were determined by analysing Instagram images that have been posted over the last three years between March and May, and creating a definitive guide of places to visit in the UK this season. 

Use the list below as inspiration for your next staycation and, of course, make sure you put it on the ‘gram. 

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  • 1. Lake District

    The Lake District’s famous lakes, forests and mountains have long made it a popular holiday destination – and it translates pretty well on camera, too. The #lakedistrict hashtag has a whopping 2,572,825 posts on Instagram, and thanks to the area’s glorious scenery, we can totally see why. 

  • 2. Snowdonia

    Located in northwest Wales, Snowdonia is nestled around the mountains and glacial landforms of its national park. The area is also home to Wales’s highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, which attracts lots of attention from climbers and tourists every year because of its beautiful views across the sea to Ireland. These breathtaking views could well be the reason behind the #snowdonia hashtag’s prevalence, it has 736,123 posts on Instagram. 

  • 3. Peak District

    The Peak District sits in the middle of England and has many popular walking trails because of its steep limestone valleys and pretty-as-a-picture dales. Come rain or shine, this rugged countryside looks great on the ‘gram, and there’s about 1,187,120 posts from people who would agree. 

  • 4. New Forest

    Situated in the South of England, this area is known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies, which of course all make for some seriously Insta-worthy snaps. So far, the #newforest hashtag has been used in 654,623 posts, capturing the array of natural delights to be seen there.

  • 5. Dartmoor

    Dartmoor’s epic moorland in southern Devon has protected status because of its incredible history and natural beauty. 592,845 Instagram users have captured its charms using the #dartmoor hashtag, with photos of everything from the rolling hills to bewitching sunsets over the its ancient rock formations. 

  • 6. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs

    One of Scotland’s most famous landmarks, Loch Lomond is much-admired for its stunning scenery. Pictures of it have been shared on Instagram 409,834 times, with many social media users focusing on the incredible reflections of the mountains in the Loch’s surface. 

  • 7. Yorkshire Dales

    The Yorkshire Dales encompasses thousands of miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way.  If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to do the landscape in this beloved north-eastern corner of England justice, check out some of the 416,348 #yorkshiredales posts on Instagram. 

  • 8. Brecon Beacons

    The Brecon Beacons one of the UK’s most bewitching mountain ranges, located in southern Wales. Head there and you’ll find magnificent views  for miles, as well as magical waterfalls hidden away in nooks of the countryside. There are 276,142 Instagram posts showing off the beauty of the #breconbeacons and we bet they’ll inspire you to plan a visit.

  • 9. South Downs

    The chalk hills of the South Downs stretch for 260 miles of gorgeous walks and rides across the coastal counties of south-eastern England, from the Itchen Valley in Hampshire towards Eastbourne. You can find 220,476 posts of these hills on Instagram, each showing a different perspective of this beautiful area.

  • 10. Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms became part of Scotland’s second national park in 2003. Located in the majestic eastern Highlands, they’re worth a trip at any time of year, and especially as the weather gets warmer. If you’re wondering what to expect, why not take a scroll through the 187,309 posts of the hills on Instagram.

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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