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UK holidays: Five best destinations for social distancing in England, Wales, Scotland & NI

Staycations are the holidays of choice for Britons this year. In fact, a YouGov poll found that 68 percent of Britons were not thinking of going abroad anytime soon. Campsites, holiday parks and caravan parks have all been inundated with bookings in recent weeks following their reopening on July 4.

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Now, experts at money.co.uk have released a safecation report which reveals the best places to visit to remain socially distanced.

With open spaces being a priority, the report looks at the UK locations that are home to the largest public parks and compares them with the UK’s mat-visited staycation destinations.

The criteria included the amount of space, whether there was contactless payment available, free activities, dog friendliness, number of beaches, number of caravan parks/camping sites within a 50km radius, crime rates, visitors per year to the country, park entry fee and car parking charges.

The destination at the top of the list may surprise you.

Here’s a list of the five safest destinations to visit in the UK for a staycation.

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UK holidays: Five best destinations for social distancing (Image: GETTY)

UK holidays: Staycations are the holidays of choice for Britons this year (Image: GETTY)

1. Gower, South Wales

Gower is located in South Wales and was the first area in the UK to be named as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With only 149,089 visitors per year to the county, the remote location offers plenty for those looking for a crowd-free option.

The study revealed that the Rhosili and South Gower Coast could accommodate up to 2,230,410 visitors whilst maintaining a one metre distance.

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As well as being safe, the Gower Peninsula, which is a short drive from Swansea, is stunning.

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2. Keswick, Lake District

Keswick is a market town in northeast England’s Lake District that is surrounded by stunning mountains.

The town is home to The Cumberland Pencil Museum and the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery.

Keswick also has an extensive selection of outdoor activity companies which is perfect for adventurers.

The town is also rich in history for those who enjoy finding out more about the background of where they’re staying.

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3. Kilwinning, Scotland

Kilwinning is located in North Ayrshire, Scotland around 21 miles of Glasgow.

The town is located on the River Garnock on the North Ayrshire coastline.

Eglington Country Park is just one of many attractions situated close by that has plenty of space and tranquil beauty.

Kilwinning is also home to a 12th century abbey.

UK holidays: The criteria included the amount of space (Image: GETTY)

4. Armagh, Northern Ireland

Armagh is a city in Northern Ireland and is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.

The city offers visitors plenty of things to do including St Patrick’s Cathedral, a planetarium and plenty of walks.

The city is the fifth smallest in the UK and is known for its beautiful Georgian architecture.

Staycation spots in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

5. Northwich, Cheshire

Northwich is a town in Cheshire close to the rivers Weaver and Dane.

The town is home to Lion Salt Works, Arley Hall & Gardens and Delamere Forest.

The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site, in the village of Marston, close to Northwich.

The town has plenty of shops and was named as one of the best places to live in the UK in 2014 by The Sunday Times.

Money.co.uk’s consumer spending expert Salman Haqqi said: “Campsites, holiday parks and hotels all over the nation are ready and waiting to welcome guests back, but even with strict social distancing guidelines in place, overcrowding can still be a problem in tourist honeypots.

“Our report shows that a destination like Glasgow can only host around eight percent of the usual annual visitors to the area taking one metre social distancing into account, whereas there is plenty of space for everyone in Gower.

“It’s not just wide-open spaces that need to be considered when booking, the report found that 52 percent of the new destinations had contactless payment options available for parking, food and drinks, shopping and leisure activities.”

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