Revealed! 100 best green spaces in the UK, if you're looking to move

Lisa Walden
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Photo credit: Ashley Cooper - Getty Images

From Country Living

From idyllic mountain rages to glorious sand-dune beaches, new research has uncovered the UK's best nature spots and natural wonders for Brits to move to.

A study commissioned by natural cosmetics company, Weleda, found the most idyllic spot for a nature refresh is Mewslade Bay beach on Gower, Wales. Famed for its rock pools, towering cliffs, caves and fine stretch of sand, it's one that many of us would be lucky to live near.

Rousay, Orkney Islands in Scotland took the second place, while, unsurprisingly, the Lake District in Cumbria came third. Other areas that can help to soothe your soul include North Yorkshire, Cornwall, Wales and the Cotswolds.

As part of their research, they also found that 66% of people want to spend more time outside once lockdown lifts, while 63% of Brits explain that having access to a green space has become even more of a priority.

"Despite the hardships of the pandemic, we have seen more people rediscover and reconnect with nature," Jayn Sterland, Managing Director, Weleda UK & Ireland, says. "The restrictions have helped us slow down and look towards the outside world for reassurance, reconnecting us with nature."

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Photo credit: StephM2506 - Getty Images

With the ongoing pandemic shifting what house-hunters are now looking for, it's no surprise the research found that more Brits are daydreaming of moving to the countryside. Take a look at the best nature spots below...

Top 100 best nature spots in the UK to move to

  1. Mewslade Bay beach on Gower, Wales

  2. Rousay, Orkney Islands, Scotland

  3. The Lake District, Cumbria, England

  4. The Caledonian Pine Woods, Glen Affric, Scotland

  5. Cadair Idris, Wales

  6. Arnside Knott, South Cumbria, England

  7. Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire, England

  8. Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, England

  9. Mawddach Estuary, Barmouth, Wales

  10. Scampston Hall & Walled Garden, York, England

  11. Isle of Wight, England

  12. Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham, England

  13. Falkland Estate, Fife, Scotland

  14. Clent Hills, Clent, England

  15. Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire, England

  16. Gylly Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

  17. The Weleda Gardens, Derbyshire, England

  18. Siccaridge Wood, Gloucestershire, England

  19. Puzzlewood, Coleford, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England

  20. Aspley Woods, Milton Keynes, England

  21. Launde Abbey, East Norton, Leicestershire, England

  22. Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester, England

  23. Brecon Beacons, Crickhowell, Wales

  24. Rydal Water, The Lakes, Cumbria, England

  25. Birnam Oak, Birnam, Perthshire, England

  26. Sand Point, Kewstoke, England

  27. Conham River Park, Bristol, England

  28. Magpie Bottom, Bristol, England

  29. Windrush Valley, Cotswolds, England

  30. Hawkwood National Trust, Chislehurst, England

  31. Bedgebury Park, Goudhurst, England

  32. The Quiraing, The Isle of Skye, Scotland

  33. Brockwell Park (specifically the walled rose garden), London, England

  34. Morden Hall Park, London, England

  35. Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England

  36. One Tree Hill, Kent, England

  37. Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London, England

  38. Petersham Nurseries, Richmond, London, England

  39. Hampstead Heath, London, England

  40. Zennor, Cornwall, England

  41. The Isles of Scilly, England

  42. Dunstable Downs, Chiltern Hills, Bedfordshire, England

  43. Blow's Downs Nature Reserve, Bedfordshire, England

  44. Beckenham Place Park, Kent, England

  45. Brighton, East Sussex, England

  46. Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, England

  47. Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, England

  48. Newick Park, East Sussex, England

  49. Lister Park, Bradford, England

  50. Epping Forest, Essex, England

  51. Lambert’s Castle, Dorset, England

  52. Bushy Park, Teddington, England

  53. Withial Combe, Somerset, England

  54. Golden Cap, Dorset, England

  55. Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, England

  56. Applecross, Highland, Scotland

  57. Grimspound, Devon, England

  58. Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

  59. Blackborough Woods, Devon, England

  60. Waun Las, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Wales

  61. Embsay Crag, Yorkshire Dales, England

  62. St Boniface Down, Isle of Wight, England

  63. Dovedale, Peak District, England

  64. Gamston Canal, Nottinghamshire, England

  65. Sherwood Pines, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, England

  66. British Camp, Malvern Hills, England

  67. Turn Mill, Ombersley, Worcestershire, England

  68. Abberley Hill, Abberley, Worcestershire, England

  69. Barton Springs, Bedfordshire, England

  70. Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, England

  71. Steppingley Lake, Bedfordshire, England

  72. Wollaton Park, Nottinghamshire, England

  73. Bestwood Country Park, Nottinghamshire, England

  74. Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derbyshire, England

  75. Salmon’s Leap, the Hermitage, Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland

  76. Vale of Belvoir, Nottinghamshire, England

  77. Graves Park, Sheffield, England

  78. Hever Castle, Kent, England

  79. Kinver Edge, Staffordshire, England

  80. Standish Woods, Cotswolds, England

  81. Cathkin Braes, Glasgow, Scotland

  82. Fairbrook Gorge, Peak District, England

  83. Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland

  84. Peak District National Park, England

  85. Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England

  86. Swansea Bay Beach, Wales

  87. Straidkilly, Northern Ireland

  88. Slievenacloy, Northern Ireland

  89. Balloo Woodland, Northern Ireland

  90. Balloo Wetland, Northern Ireland

  91. Annstead Dunes, Northumberland, England

  92. Briarwood, Northumberland, England

  93. East Chevington, Northumberland, England

  94. Whitelee, Northumberland, England

  95. Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook’s Monument, Great Ayton, England

  96. Lickey Hills Country Park, Birmingham, England

  97. Rushmere Country Park, Leighton Buzzard, England

  98. Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

  99. The Cleveland Way, North Yorkshire Moors, England

  100. Durham Heritage Coast, Peterlee, England

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