Two Yorkshire Spots Among UK’s Top Hidden Gems

Flamborough Head and Malham are considered some of the UK’s top ‘hidden gems’, according to new research by Sykes Holiday Cottages.

A survey of 2,000 UK adults ranked the two Yorkshire destinations as lesser-known spots that Brits have most enjoyed visiting.

Malham ranked in sixth place overall, behind Lundy Island, Iona in the Inner Hebrides, and The Fairy Pools waterfall on the Isle of Skye.

The beautiful coast and cliffs along Flamborough Head also made the top 10.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, who commissioned the survey, said: “There are so many of these locations within easy reach that many people have perhaps not even heard of, never mind visiting.

“Two Yorkshire destinations ranked within the top 10 hidden gems but there are plenty of other beautiful locations and natural wonders across the county that don’t get the recognition they deserve either.

“Hopefully this research has enlightened people of these places and will provide some inspiration for their next staycation.”

The study found 40 per cent of Brits ‘go out of their way’ to visit the less popular locations and nearly nine in 10 (89 per cent) ‘take pride’ in doing so.

Half of those polled enjoy telling people about their newly discovered places but a third would rather keep it to themselves to ensure the locations remain less popular.

People trust the recommendations of others as 62 per cent would visit somewhere they’ve never heard of before if they were recommended it by a friend.

A guide to the UK’s top hidden gem locations can be found here:

Top 20 ‘hidden gems’ in the UK:

  1. Iona island, Inner Hebrides
  2. The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland
  3. Lundy Island, Devon
  4. Stone Age sites, Rousay island, Orkney Islands
  5. Cotswold Canals, the Cotswolds
  6. Malham, Yorkshire Dales
  7. Ilfracombe, Devon
  8. Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye, Scotland
  9. Flamborough Head, Yorkshire
  10. Hawes, Yorkshire Dales
  11. Mullion, Cornwall
  12. Blackgang Beach, Isle of Wight
  13. Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire
  14. The Devil’s Pulpit, Stirlingshire, Scotland
  15. Bodnant Gardens, near Colwyn Bay, Conwy, North Wales
  16. Ladybower Reservoir, Peak District
  17. The Bays, Harris, Outer Hebrides
  18. Heights of Abraham, Derbyshire
  19. South West Coastal 300, Dumfries & Galloway and south Ayrshire
  20. Castle Combe, Wiltshire

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