Last year, research by the World Health Organisation revealed 44 out of 511 British towns and cities were pollution hotspots. Air in these places is considered too dangerous to breathe and air pollution in the UK is now a public health emergency2.
So if you are planning a holiday somewhere in the UK, you may want to check the pollution levels before you book! Sounds complicated? Lucky for you, last minute holiday rental provider Snaptrip.com, has created an interactive clean air destination map using a new interactive postcode tool from the BBC3. Simply hover your cursor over the destination and find out the air quality in that area.
The map highlights the air quality of towns and cities where most people and live as well as its top 25 holiday destinations. Coastal and rural areas have some of the cleanest air in the UK but surprisingly so do some urban areas!
Below are some of Snaptrip.com’s top getaway destinations that are full of clean air, so you can breathe easy on your next staycation.
1) Windermere, Cumbria
If you fancy leaving the smog of the city behind and breathing in some fresh, unpolluted air, Windermere may be the place for you. Nestled in the heart of the Lake District and surrounded by picturesque scenery, you can get your walking boots on, head for the hills, and get your fill of fresh air. It’s situated only a mile away from the largest body of water in England, also called Windermere, where you can hire out boats and take part in numerous water activities.
2) Bude, North Cornwall
Small seaside resort, Bude has won Best UK Coastal Resort for the past three years, winning Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in the British Travel Awards4. It’s ideal for a romantic getaway or an action packed family holiday. Famous for its sunny beaches and coastline, it also has some hidden gems such as secluded golf courses and amazing coarse fishing.
3) Tenby, Wales
Tenby is one of Wales’ prettiest and most colourful harbour towns. It has stretches of sandy shoreline that you can stroll across. Tenby’s welsh name means Little Fortress of the Fish, so if you love fishing this small town should be at the top of your last minute getaway list. Just go down and speak to the boat operators who will organise a fishing trip. If the weather is in your favour, you can also get a boat across to the small island of Caldey, just 20 minutes away. What better way to breathe in fresh air than on the sea?
4) Bideford, North Devon
Pastel coloured Bideford, a historic port town in the South-West of England, is a great place for all the family, plus the air is of good quality. Why not visit the number one attraction to keep the kids entertained, Big Sheep? It’s a brilliant place to visit whatever the weather and you can ride Devon’s largest rollercoaster too – if you dare!