The UK’s best forests for an autumn adventure have been unveiled by the holiday lettings marketplace HomeToGo, with Wykeham Forest in North Yorkshire earning a spot in the top 10. This picturesque forest, situated in the North York Moors National Park, was recognized among a list of 50 prime forests for seasonal staycations.
HomeToGo compiled this selection to assist holidaymakers in discovering tranquil destinations for autumn getaways. The ranking was based on a range of criteria, including exclusive price and inventory data, along with insights into the expanse of forest cover, hours of autumnal sunshine, average rainfall, and the relative undiscovered nature of these locations.
The resulting list encompasses a mix of renowned destinations and hidden gems, offering a plethora of ideas for getaways across the UK. Notable areas such as Snowdonia, Cairngorms, and North York Moors National Parks, as well as the Isle of Wight, Mourne, and Antrim Coast and Glens Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, all found spots in the top 20.
HomeToGo compiled a selection of forests and woodlands across the United Kingdom by gathering information from various sources, including the websites of UK tourism boards and entities like Forestry England, Forestry and Land Scotland, Natural Resources Wales, and NI Direct*. Their ranking methodology involved the assessment of four key criteria: Serenity Score, Price Score, Rain & Shine Score, and Room to Explore Score for each location.
To conduct this ranking, HomeToGo researched and collected data points for these categories. Each data point was assigned a numerical value ranging from 5 to 10, with 5 denoting less favorable aspects and 10 representing more positive attributes. The cumulative score aimed to reach a maximum of 40, with 10 points available for each category. This process was utilized to evaluate and rank the various destinations across the UK’s forests and woodlands.
HomeToGo said: “This forest, nestled in the North York Moors National Park less than ten miles inland from the seaside town of Scarborough, is a real hidden gem – and a superlative setting for birdwatchers.
“Amble through the woods towards Raptor Viewpoint, from whence walkers can catch glances of birds of prey including honey buzzards, goshawks and red kites.”
Check out the list of the top 10 UK forests below:
- Clocaenog Forest, Wales
- Craik Forest, Scotland
- Brechfa Forest, Wales
- Gwydir Forest, Wales
- Abernethy Forest, Scotland
- Brighstone Forest, England
- Ashclyst Forest, England
- Wykeham Forest, England
- Dalbeattie Forest, Scotland
- Glenmore Forest, Scotland
You can see the full list and more on the HomeToGo website.