Many people in the United Kingdom favoured a ‘staycation’ over a trip abroad in the summer of 2017. Expensive travel costs and unstable exchange rates post-Brexit have encouraged more Britons to explore their own backyard – the dramatic scenery, beautiful countryside and stunning landscapes that the United Kingdom has to offer.

Rieker researched over 100,000 photographs shared on Instagram from hundreds of destinations around the country this summer. We discovered what were the most photographed rural attractions in the UK between June and September. These are the countryside sights that most inspired people around Great Britain, the ones that tourists could not wait to share with friends and family.

Loch Ness is best known for the Nessie, the large monster rumoured to live deep beneath its water. However, this corner of the highlands also boasts dramatic scenery complete with lighthouses, castles and awe-inspiring hills.

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An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering almost a quarter of the county, Surrey Hills offers some of the most beautiful walking routes in England. It is also a popular destination for cycling and horse riding

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Hadrian’s Wall, begun in AD 122, stretches over 73 miles from coast to coast in the North of England. Since 2003, a National Trails footpath allows you to the follow the wall and see the many forts along the way.

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Helvellyn, based in the Lake District, is the third highest peak in England. The 3000ft mountain can be a dangerous climb, but those prepared for the challenge will witness stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

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One of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Britain is Tryfan. This Snowdonia mountain, named after the three rocky humps found on its summit, is the most photographed rural attraction in Wales.

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Malham Cove is a stunning limestone formation that can be found in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its popularity has increased since its appearance as a main location in the movie ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1’.

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A popular place for walking and rock climbing offering awe-inspiring views of the Dark Peak and Hope Valley, Stanage Edge was featured in the Jane Austen adaptation ‘Pride And Prejudice’ starring Keira Knightley.

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Standing at nearly 30 feet in height, Brimham Rocks are a formation that can be found on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire. The area also offers cycling, climbing and walking routes to explore the surrounding scenery.

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One of the most popular attractions in Wales are the three limestone cliffs along the shoreline of Swansea Bay. Three Cliffs Bay also attracts holidaymakers because of its stunning sand dunes and salt marshes.

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Blencathra is one of the Lake District's most famous and beautiful mountains. There are many routes to the summit, each providing a fascinating walk. Alfred Wainwright described the climb past Hall’s Fell Ridge as “the finest way to any mountain-top in the district”.

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