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Peak District is named UK's number one 'happy place'

23 August 2017

The Peak District has been named the happiest place in Britain in a nationwide survey. A walk in the hills above the city was voted as Sheffield’s ultimate “happy place,” according to the research.

This study looked into places in the UK, which evoke special memories and ultimately make us “happy”. It found that, for people in Sheffield, a pub lunch in the Cotswolds or ice creams on Brighton Pier closely followed. Hiking in the Lake District and fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast completed the top five happy spots associated with holidays. Researchers from SACO, The Serviced Apartment Company, which offers serviced apartments in Sheffield, polled UK holidaymakers in a national survey and revealed almost half (43 per cent) people from Sheffield believe there is “no place like home” when it comes to holidays. This is reflected in their choice of where to go with Yorkshire chosen as their top holiday destination, followed by Cornwall and the Lake District.

Must-do things on a British summer break that make the people from Sheffield feel happy include eating traditional food, such as fish and chips (61 per cent) and a pub lunch (59 per cent). Other activities on the holiday checklist included paddling in the sea (39 per cent), playing arcade games (36 per cent) and building sandcastles (34 per cent).

A more honest 29 per cent said it was a must to get blown about on a windy beach and 30 per cent of those polled said, you haven’t experienced a true British holiday until you have been caught in torrential rain. A spokesperson for SACO, said: “People in Sheffield know just how lucky they are to have the beautiful Peak District on their doorstep. A walk through the hills is incredibly invigorating and there’s plenty to do in the area for the whole family. “It just goes to prove that there’s no need to travel long distances to find a happy place for yourself and the family, either for a day trip or a longer holiday.”

More than 80 per cent of people in Sheffield said some of their fondest memories of being a child are when they were holidaying in Britain - and 62 per cent are trying to replicate those memories now for their own children.

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