A recent survey investigating happy places across Britain revealed which destinations around the UK make us happy. The survey found that a countryside walk in the Lake District was voted as the people of Manchester’s favourite “happy place”- which as a lifelong lover of the Lakes comes as no surprise!
The study also found that more than a third of Mancunians believe there is “no place like home” when it comes to holidays. More than 70 per cent of adults in Manchester polled said some of their fondest memories of being a child were spent holidaying in Britain – and nearly two thirds of those asked are now trying to replicate those memories for their own children.
There is something to be said about holidaying in Britain, you can’t really rival the scenery, the ease of a shorter journey (particularly with young children) or the thrill of discovering a new picturesque part of the world right on your doorstep or discovering local produce and you can bring the dog along for the ride.
I love hopping on a train (£20 return from Manchester) to the Lake District and bunking up in a cosy B&B, heading out for walks and strolling along the lakeside. I’ve got lots of fond memories of visiting Windermere as a child and more recently over the past few years, paying Hill Top Farm a visit, getting lost in Mr McGregor’s Garden and rambling along the rolling hills admiring the Herdy sheep.
As well as the Lake District, amongst the top five “happy places” voted for by the people in Manchester was Cornwall’s beautiful Padstow Harbour and hiking in the neighboring Peak District. I guess you could say we’re a little spoilt being based in Manchester with such a variety of destinations just a short train ride from home. In little more than an hour or so you could be enjoying the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, the beautiful Welsh coastline, not to mention York, Chester or Harrogate.
There are loads of fabulous serviced apartments in Manchester for anyone thinking of paying the “Northern Powerhouse” a visit. Manchester boasts a rich history and glorious architectural gems such as the Chethams Hall and Library (where we had our wedding reception!) The Manchester Cathedral, Ordsall Hall, John Rylands Library to name but a few- not to mention the music scene and array of coffee shops, bars, vintage shops and vinyl record stores. There is a lot to discover and if you tire of city life you could always hop on a train and venture a little out of the city to discover the stunning scenery.
Here’s a little look at Mancunians’ top 20 “happy places”
- Walking / hiking in the Lake District
- Pub lunch in the Cotswolds
- Eating ice cream on Brighton Beach
- Eating fish and chips in Padstow
- Walking in the Peak District
- Admiring the white sandy beaches of the Hebrides
- Enjoying a cream tea in the Isles of Scilly
- Enjoying a pasty in St Ives
- Visiting the Roman Baths at Bath
- Open top bus ride in London
- Picking fossils on the Jurassic Coast
- Swimming in Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall
- Boating on the Norfolk broads
- Eating candy floss at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
- Walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
- Walking the dog on Holkham Bay, Norfolk
- Searching for Nessie at Loch Ness
- Playing arcade games on Weston Super Mare Grand Pier
- Building sand castles on Blackpool Sands Beach
- Climbing St Michael’s Mount
Would you agree? Where are your “happy places” in Britain?