Holidaymakers swap Cornwall and Devon for ‘trending’ UK spots for first time

Staycationers are heading to new destinations knocking Cornwall and Devon off the top holiday spot for UK getaways for the first time.

Many Britons are opting to avoid jetting off this summer amid ever-changing travel rules, meaning demand for UK holiday's has soared.

But booking data has revealed that holidaymakers are heading to different destinations than in previous years – with firm favorites Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, which previously held the crown of top UK destination, slipping down the list reports The Express.

The data comes from the annual 2021 Staycation Index from Sykes Holiday Cottages.

And, you might be surprised by the results.

North Wales and Cumbria are now two of the “most sought-after summer staycation spots”, ahead of beachy locations Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

Meanwhile, the Peak District, Somerset and East Anglia are also “trending” as sought after destinations for those not wanting to fly.

Based on booking growth, summer holidays to the Peak District are up 68% compared to in 2019 which is a pretty huge jump.

Though, we're not surprised that cooped up Brits want to get stuck into nature..

Meanwhile, bookings in Somerset have grown 61% and East Anglia has seen a 59% increase.

In Cumbria, Ambleside, Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere and Grasmere have all seen an influx in tourism bookings.

It wasn’t necessarily bad news for the south west though, with the coastal regions still within the top five “most popular” destinations for UK holidaymakers to take a domestic jaunt.

Cornwall and Devon ranked in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Devon, in particular, was listed as being home to some of the most popular specific locations.

These include Salcombe and Dartmouth which have both seen an increase in holiday bookings in recent months.

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North Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Dales, South Wales and Dorset also made it into the top ten “most popular” destinations for a summer holiday.

The research also found that around 37% of British holidaymakers are looking to travel to parts of the country they may have never experienced before.

Meanwhile, it seems Britons are keen to lap up nature.

Half of the most popular locations for 2021 are seaside retreats, meanwhile, the other half are hotspots ideal for long walks in the countryside.

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According to the experts, the popularity of holidays at home is likely to continue as almost half of Britons polled say they are now more likely to consider a staycation than prior to the pandemic.

Graham Donoghue, CEO of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “More Brits than ever are getting to experience everything the UK has to offer – whether that’s beach breaks along the South coast or exploring the picture-perfect Peak District.

“The pandemic will have a lasting impact on us all, and this is especially true for how people holiday.

“We expect the shift towards holidays at home to stick and hope to continue to see staycation destinations outside of the usual honeypot locations grow in popularity in the years to come.”

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