Need to relax? These are the most tranquil destinations in the UK

It’s fair to say that we will never remember the early 2020s as the most relaxing period of our lives. From suddenly having much of our freedom taken away due to lockdown, to hurtling headlong back into a hectic social calendar, the last few years have been the opposite of soothing.

Normally, a nice trip abroad would sort us right out, but unfortunately airport cancellations, photos of huge check-in queues and tales of lost baggage mean that jetting off to an exotic location looks like a major hassle right now.

Perhaps then, it’s time to book a nice UK break – and where better to head to than one of Britain’s most tranquil destinations?

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The experts at WellBox have analysed data to discover the best places for a peaceful staycation, and revealed that it is Dartmouth in Devon (above) that comes out on top.  The beautiful town situated on the banks of the picturesque River Dart is the perfect year round destination for a short break, day visit or holiday.

A second Devon destination, Kingswear, is in second place, while the same county’s much-loved seaside village of Croyde (below) comes in fifth.

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It’s not all about the South though – several destinations up North make the list. Located in the Peak District, Over Haddon stands as the third most peaceful location to visit. This quiet village has a population of just 255 and resides within cascading hills and dales. There are twelve hiking trails in the area to amble down and an accompanying six trails for birdwatching. Reeth in North Yorkshire takes fourth place.

St Andrews in Fife  (below) is the only destination in the top 10 outside of England. Famous for being the place where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first got together, it’s also known internationally as the ‘home of golf’.

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The index was created by analysing weighted variables including crime rates, population and peaceful outdoor activities. These were then combined to establish an overall peace score out of 100 for each of the 53 analysed locations. The full top 10 is below…

Dartmouth, Devon
Kingswear, Devon
Over Haddon, Peak District
Reeth, North Yorkshire
Croyde, Devon
Keswick, Cumbria
St Andrews, Fife
Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Broadway, Worcestershire