The Big Days Out Index.
Introducing the MINI Big Days Out Index, your one-stop-shop for staycation ideas and hidden gems in the UK. Because we know everyone is itching to get back on the open road and on some adventures, but everywhere is busier than usual. To help you escape the crowds, we’ve found over 100 of the best wild locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We’ve searched high and low to find Britain’s best kept secrets. The longlist of 100 was judged against two sets of criteria, which were used to measure both their ‘visitor rating score’ (what the general public think) and ‘wildness’ (lesser-known adventure spots). The average of the two determined a final score out of 100, and gave us a treasure trove of places to explore.
HOW WE WORKED OUT THE VISITOR RATING SCORE.
HOW THE WILDNESS SCORE WAS CALCULATED.
The Top 10 Big Days Out adventures.
2. Llyn Dinas.
4. Gaping Gill.
5. Whiteless Pike.
6. Llyn Glaslyn.
7. Pedn Vounder Beach.
8. Sgwd Yr Eira.
9. The Roaches.
10. Fingal's Cave.
The Best National Parks.
If you’re looking for even bigger Big Days Out, how does a whole national park sound? There might not be any best-kept secrets when it comes to UK national parks, but we used a set of metrics to determine which three were the best-loved. We used reviews and ratings from Google and Tripadvisor, along with popular search terms, high volumes of Instagram posts and estimated number of domestic trips and the trio with the highest scores topped our list.
Lake District National Park.
Peak District National Park.
Snowdonia National Park.
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To gather the best wild locations in the UK to visit, we pulled together a longlist of over 100 nature based locations from across the UK, judging them against two sets of criteria which were used to gauge both their 'visitor rating' and 'wildness'. The average of these visitor rating scores and wildness scores were then used to give a final score out of 100 that determines the best, undiscovered, wild locations (lesser known locations of natural beauty that are perfect for an adventure).
Our longlist of nature based locations was compiled by using travel listicles that featured wild locations or places of natural beauty. The full list of sources can be found in the sources tab.
To gather the visitor rating scores for each location in the list, the following metrics were used. For each they were then given a score, the average rating receiving a score 100, then those above the average rating receiving a higher score and those below the average rating receiving a lower score.
1. Google Rating - Google.co.uk
2. TripAdvisor Rating - Tripadvisor.co.uk
To then gather the wildness score for each location in the list, the following metrics were used. For each they were then given a score out 100, with the highest number receiving 100 and the lowest 0.
1. No. of Google Reviews - Google.co.uk
2. No. of TripAdvisor Reviews - Tripadvisor.co.uk
3. UK Search Volume - SEMRush.com
4. No. of Instagram Location Tags - Instagram.com
5. No. of Instagram Posts for Main Hashtag - Instagram.com
Finally, using the nationalparks.uk website to compile a list of the 15 national parks found within the UK, we used the below metrics to also create an index of the most popular national parks. With each ranking more highly the higher the amount of figures it had for said metrics.
1. Google Rating - Google.co.uk
2. No. of Google Reviews - Google.co.uk
3. No. of TripAdvisor Reviews & Opinions - Tripadvisor.co.uk
4. UK Search Volume - SEMRush.com
5. No. of Instagram Location Tags - Instagram.com
6. No. of Instagram Posts for Main Hashtag - Instagram.com
7. No. of Domestic Tourism Trips* - Statista.com
All data was collected during the following dates: 07/06/2021 - 11/06/2021
*Please note for the New Forest and Northumberland National Parks, visitor figures were sourced from their respective websites instead as the Domestic Tourism Trips data set was missing their figures. These sources can be found in the sources tab.
To see the full data set, click here.