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Britain's happiest view revealed but most Brits have never seen it

Mirror logo Mirror 07/08/2018 Julie Delahaye
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Broadsands Beach on Devon's Exmoor Coast has been voted the view that fills Brits with the most joy - but not enough people are taking advantage.

The picturesque spot topped the list in research conducted by Best Western Great Britain, with its breathtaking caves, tunnels and islands proving it a hit; a quarter of those surveyed named it in their top five views.

However, it seems that Broadsands is serving more as dreamy holiday inspiration at the moment, as only eight per cent of Brits had actually seen it in person.

Taking second place in the poll, which saw 2,000 Brits surveyed, was the 17th century Iffley Lock on the River Thames, followed by the tumbling falls of St Nectan's Glen in Cornwall.

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It's not just Broadsands which is being admired from afar however, as less than ten per cent of respondents had seen seven of the top 10 happiest locations.

The most visited of the happiest views as the famous Shambles in York, with the picturesque medieval cobbled street having attracted nearly a third of those surveyed.

We take a look at the top 10 views below - and why they should be on your radar for your next staycation.

1. Broadsands, Exmoor

an island in the middle of a body of water © Credits: Courtesy of Best Western

Broadsands Beach is off the beaten track, but it's well worth the trek to go exploring (although be prepared for a steep and sometimes uneven walk!).

You won't find many crowds here, but what you will be greeted by are plenty of coves and even little islands to explore.

Just check the tides before you set off as at high tide most of the beach disappears!

2. Iffley Lock, Oxford

a small bridge over a body of water with Cotswolds in the background © Credits: Courtesy of Best Western

Sitting on the outskirts of Oxford on the River Thames, it's a scenic riverside walk to this lock, not to mention you'll find some charming pubs along the way for some classic hearty British grub.

And of course it's the perfect spot for sitting by the water and watching the canal boats going by.

3. St Nectan's Glen, Cornwall

a large waterfall over a body of water © Credits: Courtesy of Best Western

You'll feel like you've stepped into a story book thanks to the ethereal surroundings to be found here, from the lush greenery to the tumbling waterfalls.

It's the ultimate woodland walk - and when you're done, why not go exploring more of Cornwall's top scenic spots

4. Botany Bay, Kent

a close up of a rock © Credits: Courtesy of Best Western

With its white chalk cliffs and sandy beach, it's no surprise that Botany Bay is a hit with beach goers and hikers alike who flock there to check out its beauty for themselves.

Head down when the tide is out and you can go hunting for fossils and exploring rock pools.

5. Brownsea Island, Dorset

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This National Trust property offers plenty of beautiful views thanks to its island trails, wildlife sanctuary and dramatic panoramics of the Purbeck Hills.

It's a must-visit for any nature lovers and hikers as there's so much to see and do, not to mention there are plenty of activities tailored for children too if you're after a fun-filled family day out.

6. Portobello, Edinburgh

a sandy beach next to a body of water © Credits: Courtesy of Best Western

Sitting just a few miles from Edinburgh city centre, this charming seaside spot has golden sands and swim-friendly waters making a hit with families who visit.

It can get quite busy on warmer days but head out a bit earlier and you can enjoy the stretches of beach to yourself.

Check out our city guide to Edinburgh for more tips on things to see in the Scottish capital.

7. Stagshaw Gardens, The Lake District

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This woodland garden owned by the National Trust which looks like it could be the setting for a fairytale thanks to the bursts of colour to be found in the exotic plants, not to mention the lush green shrubs and trees that help create that enchanting atmosphere.

8. The Dales Way, Ilkley

a house with a large rock © Credits: Courtesy of Best Western

Running across 80 miles from Ilkley in West Yorkshire through to Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria, it's no surprise that hikers and ramblers will find a whole host of beautiful landscapes along the trails.

9. The Shambles, York

a narrow city street © Credits: Courtesy of Best Western

This medieval street with its cobbled path and eye-catching timber-framed houses has made it popular with visitors in York. Expect quaint boutiques and there's a popular food market - but be warned it can get quite busy during peak holiday seasons.

10. Walkden Gardens, Manchester

a close up of a tree © Credits: Courtesy of Best Western

These pretty gardens in the heart of Manchester offers plenty of beautiful flowers and greenery. Wander down the main ornamental grass walkway and explore some of the 'rooms' which sit off the side where a wide array of fascinating plants await.

Rob Paterson, CEO at Best Western Great Britain, said: "With over 250 brilliantly different properties Best Western hotels are on the doorstep of some of Britain’s best towns, villages and destinations.

"Our survey highlights some of the best of British places guaranteed to put a smile on people’s faces, perfect for day trippers or holiday makers planning to make the most of the summer over the next few months. There is more to explore in Britain this summer and Best Western is waiting to welcome everyone too."

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