Your Instagram followers will be flourishing faster than a field full of daffodils after a visit to these spots…
Raise your hand if you’re excited that we have officially entered spring. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be so charged with glee that not even the occasional April shower could stop you from imagining all the fun things you’re going to do in the warmer weather.
The glimmers of spring’s golden rays hold much promise, and every slightly sunnier day beckons us out of our sofa-and-Netflix hole to plan BBQs, organise garden parties and pencil picnics into the diary.
But as well as popping to your local beer garden to enjoy the fairer weather, there are some particular spots in the UK that are simply not to be missed at this time of year.
To celebrate that spring is (finally) here, Forest Holidays has analysed almost 100,000 Instagram posts to identify the most photographic places to visit this spring.
The top 10 spots below were determined by analysing Instagram images that have been posted over the last three years between the spring months of 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.
1. Lake District
The Lake District is a mountainous region in North West England and a popular holiday destination because of its famous lakes, forests and mountains - which all translate pretty well on camera, too. The #lakedistrict hashtag has a whopping 1,564,792 posts on Instagram, and thanks to the area’s picturesque scenery, we can totally see why.
Snowdonia is a region in northwest Wales, nestled around the soaring mountains and glacial landforms of Snowdonia National Park. The area is also home to the highest mountain in Wales, 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, with the tag currently spanning some 395,996 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 690,202 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 392,651 posts, capturing the array of natural delights to be seen there.
Dartmoor is an area of moorland in southern Devon which is protected by National Park status because of its incredible history and natural beauty. In fact, some of the granite which forms the hills dates from the Carboniferous Period of geological history.
370,943 Instagram users have captured Dartmoor’s charms using the #dartmoor hashtag, with photos of everything from the rolling hills to bewitching sunsets over the ancient rock formations.
6. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
Loch Lomond is a famous lake in Scotland, admired for its mesmerising waters and stunning, surrounding scenery. Pictures of it have been shared on Instagram 260,341 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 is a stunning national park in the north of England. It encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages with plenty of photo opportunities. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to do the landscape in this corner of the world justice, check out some of the 221,177 posts on Instagram.
8. Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons is the name given to a mountain range in South Wales. Upon venturing there, you can find sprawling views that span for miles around, as well as magical looking waterfalls hidden in the crooks of the countryside.
If you need some persuading to pay this place a visit, take a look at the 150,675 posts displaying the hashtag #breconbeacons and we think you might just change your mind.
9. South Downs
The South Downs are a range of chalk hills that extend for about 260 square miles across the south-eastern coastal counties of England. They range from the Itchen Valley of Hampshire over to the well-known Beachy Head cliffs near Eastbourne. You can find 126,001 posts of these hills on Instagram, each showing a different perspective of this beautiful area.
The Cairngorms are a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland that became part of Scotland’s second national park in 2003. They’re certainly worth a trip, especially as the weather gets warmer. If you’re wondering what to expect, why not take a scroll through the 126,001 posts of the hills on Instagram.
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