Plymouth has been hailed as the best city in the country for nature lovers to get their fix this spring.
With the season of renewal having started on March 1 – not that we’ve noticed it so far with the unrelenting cold and rain – the idea of warmer weather ahead means more people are hoping to get away to enjoy a change of scenery.
Research by retirement home developers McCarthy Stone found that Plymouth topped its rankings when it came to its array of natural wonders, with the city scoring 345 points out of a possible 500. The scoring system combined five factors including rare species of animals, stargazing sites, National Trust sites and nearby outdoor activities, with each town receiving points out of 100 per ranking.
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The results reveal that the South Coast’s outdoor offerings make the region a hotbed for nature lovers to flock this spring.
Top-scoring Plymouth can apparently boast of having 10 National Trust sites and four National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty on its doorstep. Southampton follows in second place, the coastal city earning 297 points, thanks to many natural sites nearby.
London came in third place thanks to its wide range of outdoor activities and Bristol came in fourth, followed by Newcastle and Swansea, with both cities picking up 206 points to finish fifth.
Somewhat surprisingly, Bristol has found favor as the UK’s star city, with four major stargazing spots and some of the lowest levels of light pollution in the country – although Plymothians can argue that A quick getaway to nearby Dartmoor can be far better than anything Bristol can ever offer in terms of a lack of streetlights.
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Miruna Constantinescu, National Marketing Director at McCarthy Stone, said: “From stargazing to national parks, it’s amazing to see the wealth of natural hotspots the UK has to offer at such close proximity to a large part of the population.
“The appeal of coastal and rural developments may seem like the obvious choice for nature lovers, but this study has shown that you can enjoy incredible natural sights on your doorstep across the UK.
“We understand the importance of getting outdoors, especially after living under restrictions for the last 18 months, and it’s great to be able to showcase some of the UK’s natural beauty.”
For more information on the best towns in the UK for nature lovers, according to McCarthy Stone, and to see the full rankings by area, visit their website here.
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