These stunning images captured by local photographers reveal the UK’s ‘hidden gems’ – and feature such locations as The Lake District, Devon and the Cotswolds.
A detailed poll of 2,000 adults identified which places they’re most eager to see for themselves – with 38 per cent looking forward to exploring new ‘getaways’ once allowed.
The Peak District and Yorkshire are among the top choices for a break – with the Isle of Wight and Snowdonia also sought after for a peaceful holiday.
St Ives, Dorset and the New Forest were also high on the list – with two in five agreeing they now have a new zest for life in the UK, thanks to the events of 2020.
Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds
Stunning photography, captured on the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G series, features the ‘hidden gems’ in many of these areas – to inspire those last-minute Spring Bank Holiday breaks.
Picturesque spots include the Sentinels, Ilfracombe at sunset and the Lower Slaughter sunrise.
When it comes to things Brits are most looking forward to when revisiting their favourite place, the views, new areas, the beach, eating fish and chips and taking photos scored highest.
Ilfracombe in Devon is one of the best hidden gems in the UK, according to the poll
And one in 10 even confessed to secretly looking forward to the inevitable service station stop.
The research was commissioned by Samsung, whose spokesperson, Sharon Hegarty, said: “This last year has seen a variety of different restrictions in place, advising us to stay home and stay local more than ever before.”
“Let’s face it, there’s no surprise that whether it’s with families, households or in a group of 6, we are excited to get back out there and explore again when it’s safe to do so.”
The Mermaid and Stag Rocks at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
Gold Hill in Dorset
Post-lockdown, half of the population are simply eager to get out of the house, and 29 per cent are happy to be spending time with family who they’ve not been able to see for a long time.
A fifth admit they’ve never been on a staycation before until now, according to the OnePoll figures.
However, for 57 per cent leaving their local town and going back to their favourite UK holiday spot is top of their list for when restrictions are lifted.
Beach view on the Isles of Scilly
A third (31 per cent) are bored of being in their hometown and cannot wait to rediscover places elsewhere.
And almost two thirds agreed they will no longer take leaving their local area and rediscovering different places for granted.
Samsung has enlisted the help of local photographers to share a list of tips for budding landscape photographers hoping to get the most out of their images.
Whitby in North Yorkshire
Horses in the New Forest
They include doing a thorough weather report beforehand, and using height to give photos a new perspective, even when using nothing more than a mobile phone.
Sharon Hegarty added: “Working with local photographers has helped uncover the beauty of the UK, identifying those hidden gems which very few people know exist, let alone realise are just around the corner.
“Using the advanced pro-grade camera, Dual Tele Zoom and Ultra-wide lens in the Galaxy S21 5G, you can capture landscape shots that rival even the most tropical of destinations, meaning you’ll never miss a thing.”
Sycamore Gap in Northumberland
The nation’s top 21 locations and accompanying hidden gems, for visiting again when restrictions lift: The Lake District – Derwent Water Devon – Ilfracombe The Cotswolds – Lower Slaughter Peak District – Winnats Pass Yorkshire – Limestone Pavement Isle of Wight – The Mermaid and Stag Rocks at Freshwater Bay Dorset – Gold Hill, Shaftesbury Whitby – Coast View Snowdonia – Glaslyn Lake from the miner’s track St Ives – Harbour view Bath – Alexandra Park view New Forest – Lyndhurst Blackpool – Blackpool tower Isles of Scilly – Beach view Bournemouth – Beach view Pembrokeshire – Stack Rocks Northumberland – Sycamore Gap Newquay – Towan Beach Cumbria – Countryside near Keld Brighton – Royal Pavillion Brecon Beacons – Llangorse Lake
The Peak District is among the top choices for a break
Top tips for improving your landscape photography
Plan your shoot – check the weather forecast, tide times, sunrise and sunset times before you go to make sure you are well in position at the optimal time.
Lighting conditions play a big factor in photography, usually dawn and dusk is the best time to take landscapes.
Switch it up with your angles and lens’ – changing your viewpoint to ground level, finding something safe to stand on or using an Ultra-wide lens on the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G can instantly give you an interesting perspective on the world.
Mix it up with compositional techniques – frame a picture with an archway, find converging lines that draw you into an image or use the rule of thirds to position your subject.
Shooting handheld at night can be quite hit and miss, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is great for minimizing shaky hands with its Zoom Lock feature, and its Bright Night sensor and night mode are perfect for shooting landscape photography at night.