Happiest places in Britain reveal lure of nature


The happiest places to stay in Britain have been revealed, that includes a menu of properties with the lure of close by countryside and riverside points of interest.

Northumberland’s Hexham, close to two nationwide parks, London’s Richmond-upon-Thames in London, which sits proper on the River Thames, and Yorkshire’s Harrogate, shut to a different nationwide park, high the checklist.

Separate lists have been compiled for Scotland and Wales, with Llandrindod Wells being the happiest place in Wales and Stirling topping the Scottish checklist.

The ‘Happy At Home’ index, compiled by Rightmove, appears at friendliness and neighborhood spirit, whether or not folks really feel they are often themselves, nature, alternatives regionally to develop abilities and facilities together with faculties, eating places, retailers and sports activities amenities.

“Hexham is thrilled to be awarded the happiest place to live in Britain,” mentioned mayor Derek Kennedy.

“We are a small town with great history, Hexham Abbey and other historical buildings, and our market place is 800 years old. There is a wonderful community spirit, people are very supportive of one another.

“The open countryside is wonderful with Hadrian’s Wall on our doorstep.”

He mentioned there are a lot of sporting occasions organised regionally, together with a park run, cricket, tennis, squash, golf and rowing.

For Hexham, it’s a return to the highest of the pile after a yr’s absence, whereas St Ives, Cornwall, which got here high final yr, was eighth in this yr’s rankings.

The common price ticket on a home in Hexham is £297,088 — solely 1 / 4 of that in the leafy London suburb of Richmond, which was ranked second and has a mean home asking value simply shy of £1.2 million.

Harrogate in North Yorkshire, with its Victorian spa heritage, boutique retailers and afternoon tea institutions, took the third spot.

Daryll Digpal, managing director at Beadnall Copley in Harrogate, mentioned the world “boasts a thriving excessive avenue with many worldwide retail manufacturers, a booming hospitality business and wonderful state and personal faculties”.

Rightmove’s research discovered that individuals dwelling in coastal villages tended to be the happiest group in the research. Around one-third of this yr’s high 20 happiest cities are market cities.

The coronavirus pandemic additionally prompted many individuals to maneuver house so they may make life-style modifications.

Happiest in Britain

  1. Hexham, North-East
  2. Richmond-upon-Thames, London
  3. Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Humber
  4. Hove, South-East
  5. Llandrindod Wells, Wales
  6. Stirling, Scotland
  7. Monmouth, Wales
  8. St Ives, South West
  9. Anglesey, Wales
  10. Leamington Spa
  11. Perth, Scotland
  12. Hitchin, East of England
  13. Woodbridge, East of England
  14. Kendal, North-West
  15. Macclesfield, North-West
  16. Exeter, South-West
  17. Salisbury, South-West
  18. Horsham, South-East
  19. St Albans, East of England
  20. Guildford, South-East

The research discovered that 69 per cent of individuals who had moved in the final yr relocated to a special space. And 64 per cent reported feeling happier the place they now stay.

Of those that had moved from a city to a village, 81 per cent mentioned they now really feel happier with the place they stay.

Scotland’s high 10 happiest places

  1. Stirling
  2. Perth
  3. Inverness
  4. Edinburgh
  5. Dundee
  6. Ayr
  7. Glasgow
  8. Kirkcaldy
  9. Paisley
  10. Aberdeen

Wales high 10 happiest places

  1. Llandrindod Wells
  2. Monmouth
  3. Anglesey
  4. Llandudno
  5. Bridgend
  6. Cardiff
  7. Wrexham
  8. Swansea
  9. City of Newport
  10. Caerphilly

Updated: November twenty fourth 2021, 12:01 AM