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Northumberland ranks as the top UK destination for a ‘Grounding Getaway’ in 2024

ByHannah

Jan 29, 2024
  • Northumberland and Isle of Wight rank as the best places for a Grounding Getaway being one of the best places to get away from noise pollution in the UK 
  • Cornwall comes in third in the UK for best location for a grounding getaway 
  • Dorset comes in fourth for locations to consider for a grounding getaway whilst Shropshire takes fifth place 

Searches for terms around grounding meditation, exercises and retreats have seen a spike in the last year. With more people concerned about global warming and issues we could face around travel than ever before, getaways focusing on people’s health and the environment are set to see an even bigger rise in 2024.  

Grounding exercises help individuals reconnect with the present moment, reducing anxiety and stress. Techniques include deep breathing, mindful observation of surroundings, tactile engagement like touching objects, and focusing on senses. All of which tend to be done outdoors. Grounding getaways are weekends or retreats where people practice this mindfulness technique, reconnecting with their surroundings – but what makes for a good location for a grounding retreat?  

Getting away from the crowds, breathing in the fresh air and stepping away from the noise of every- day life is part of what makes a good grounding getaway. This is why the team at Park Holidays have considered metrics such as population numbers, air pollution scores and noise pollution scores in their ranking for the best grounding getaway destinations in the UK.  

Northumberland has the lowest noise pollution score in Park Holidays ranking 

The study by Park Holidays has taken the 20 least populated counties in the UK to determine which counties are the best to consider if looking into a mindful retreat.  

Park Holidays’ data analysis identifies Northumberland and Isle of Wight as the top two destinations for a grounding getaway in the UK. Northumberland ranks in top spot, with the lowest noise pollution of the UK counties analysed (145dB) and second highest air quality score of 7 (given by aqicn.org). Isle of Wight has a slightly lower air quality score of 9 but is boosted in rankings due to its smaller population (around 130,000) and noise pollution score (146dB – second best across the rankings). These picturesque locations offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in tranquil surroundings and rejuvenate their senses.  

Cornwall ranks as third best location in the UK for a grounding getaway, according to new study 

With a population of approximately half a million, Cornwall is one of the UK’s most sparsely populated counties. Perhaps because of this, Cornwall also has one the lowest noise pollution scores in the country (174dB). Cornwall secures a commendable third place ranking in the list of best grounding getaway locations. Known for its stunning coastal landscapes and idyllic countryside, Cornwall offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and tranquillity, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a grounding and peaceful retreat. 

Dorset lands in fourth place for a great grounding getaway in the UK, whilst Shropshire secures fifth position overall  

The data collected by Park Holidays reveals Dorset as the fourth-best location for a grounding getaway in the UK. Whilst Dorset has a larger population than locations such as Cornwall, Northumberland and the Isle of Wight, Dorset gains the highest ranking for its air quality (4) and low levels of noise pollution (147dB) compared to other locations around the UK. With its charming villages, rolling hills, and picturesque coastline, Dorset provides visitors with a peaceful haven to unwind and connect with the soothing elements of nature. 

Park Holidays comments on the findings, saying, “The results of our data analysis underscore the growing importance of seeking moments of tranquillity and grounding in today’s fast-paced world. The locations mentioned above stand out as exceptional destinations, offering a unique opportunity to escape noise pollution and immerse oneself in the calming embrace of nature.” 

“As more individuals prioritise mental well-being and the need to disconnect from the pressures of daily life, these findings are expected to influence travel choices, with travellers seeking destinations that prioritise serenity, a connection to the natural environment and sustainability.” 

For more information about the study and Park Holidays‘ recommendations for grounding getaways, please get in contact.  

By Hannah