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When it comes to picking a holiday destination, the UK gets a bad rap. Unpredictable weather and the allure of package vacations abroad often means it is overlooked.

But if you’re looking for the perfect relaxing getaway without the hassle of leaving the country, staying a little closer to home might actually be the way to go.

And there are a number of “hidden gems” dotted around the UK just waiting to be discovered.

The village of Hathersage in Derbyshire is one such location. According to the HomeToGo 2021 UK Hidden Gem Index, the historical site was named the most picturesque of all the villages found in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty around the UK.

This survey took into account location, weather, outdoor activities, pubs and prices to find the ultimate holiday spots. None of the top 20 were found to be within the most searched locations of that year either, meaning they were not a major tourist hotspot.

But what makes Hathersage stand out from the competition?

Situated in the beautiful Hope Valley, Hathersage is almost at the centre of the Peak District, a national park renowned for its rugged yet pretty terrain.

Boasting breathtaking views, stellar pubs and dry summer weather, it scored an overall total of 53.9.

This was several points higher than the Medieval village of Dunster in Somerset, which ranked second with 49.5 points.

Due to its location, Hathersage is the ideal base for keen hikers, with famous walks such as Mam Tor and Bamford Edge not far away.

But it also has plenty to offer those who love good food and drink.

Visit Peak District and Derbyshire says: “With rich historical, industrial and literary associations, the picturesque village of Hathersage in the Hope Valley is brimming with character and has a great selection of shops, pubs, restaurants and places to stay.”

Bookworms should visit nearby North Lees Hall – the inspiration behind Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

You can also walk in Jane’s fictional footsteps by taking on a hike along Stanage Edge, ridge with stunning views of the dark peak moorlands.

This area also featured in the 2004 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley.

“In and around the village are also sites associated with the legend of Robin Hood – his lieutenant, Little John is buried in the churchyard of St Michael’s,” Visit Peak District and Derbyshire adds.

If walking isn’t enough exercise for you, you could also try Hathersage’s outdoor swimming pool, built in the 1930s.

It provides views of Stanage Edge, Hathersage Church and the surrounding hills, and don’t worry – it is heated!

Ranking third in the hidden gem index was Mullion in Cornwall with 48.7 points, which is famed for its beautiful coastline.

Recurring counties on the list include Somerset, Cornwall, Devon and Cumbria.


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