Lake District voted as best getaway spot in The Sun's Great British Bucketlist competition — find out Britain's hidden gems

Today we can reveal the top UK destination you are all crazy for is the Lake District.

We teamed up with the Caravan And Motorhome Club to get suggestions for your most-loved destinations, giving you the chance to win a five-berth Adria Altea 472 DS Eden caravan worth £16,695.

Readers sent in picks and their names were put into a prize draw.

Our lucky winner was John Breeze, of Flint in Flintshire.

After hours spent reading through tens of thousands of suggestions, we have compiled your Great British Bucketlist.

It showed the Lake District’s enduring popularity and traditional beauty is still delighting us more than 60 years after the country’s largest national park was set up in 1951.

Among the responses from Sun Travel readers was: “Rain or shine, it doesn’t matter. The area is beautiful whatever the weather.”

“A magical place where you can lose yourself in the most beautiful and tranquil surroundings,” said another Bucketlist voter.

And one added: “We could stay there for a year and not be disappointed.”

Keswick and Lake Windermere proved the most popular, with Ambleside and Elterwater also getting plenty of mentions.

One fan said: “Lake Windermere has plenty for everyone. Walking, camping, canoeing or just relaxing with a picnic watching the sun go down.”

Another added: “Keswick has a fantastic town, great shops, beautiful scenery and friendly caravan sites with lots of fresh air. Wonderful scenery and easy to get around — great for peace and quiet.”

Second on the Bucketlist is a traditional seaside favourite — Blackpool.

As one Sun reader said: “It is the best place for the whole family to visit.

“Where else can you go on the beach, enjoy the fair rides, take a trip up the tower and still have time for fish and chips before a night’s entertainment?” Blackpool Tower, the amusements and spectacular Illuminations all helped the town score highly.

One reader said: “It’s got everything you could want, quintessential British seaside kitsch.”

London took third spot on the list, with many of you keen to soak up the sky- high views of the capital.

The London Eye and The Shard were hugely popular. Meanwhile, one reader said of the Sky Garden in Fenchurch Street, in the heart of the City: “It’s free and the view from the 32nd floor is a wow factor.”

Many of you loved the West End. One reader said: “Covent Garden is full of street entertainers, lovely restaurants and fantastic theatres.

“There’s a great atmosphere with plenty of shops and the London Transport Museum.”

The capital’s green spaces were also a hit.

Hyde Park was a particular favourite. Another Bucket List voter said: “I just love the beauty of the Serpentine lake.

“The park has wildlife, events and music as well as a Winter Wonderland. It’s a truly great British place to be.”

Back up north and at No4 is Whitby. This dramatic, historic town on the North Yorkshire coast is a huge hit readers.

One reader said: “It has it all — a beautiful beach, it’s surrounded by the North Yorks Moors, with fascinating history and exciting literary links.”

The 18-century explorer Captain James Cook was born in the area. You enjoyed the museum in his former home in Whitby, along with the town’s ruined gothic Abbey, said to be Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula.

Readers loved eating fish and chips on the seafront and having an ice cream on the 199 Steps.

Rounding off the Bucketlist top five is another Yorkshire favourite — Scarborough.

As one reader said: “It has countryside on one side and a great beach on the other.

"There are the friendliest people and there’s no better place when the sun is shining.”

Destination Dorset for our winner

The retired plumber said that living in North Wales meant he was spoilt for choice on nearby destinations to visit, including Colwyn Bay, Anglesea and Llandudno.

John, 70, said: “My wife Veronica is a teacher and I’m retired, so we plan on using our month’s worth of free camping next summer.

“We’d like to visit Dorset and Cornwall, both of which are on our bucketlist. We’ve got nine grandchildren, so we’re looking forward to sharing the caravan with them.” John’s new five-berth 472 DS Eden model features an open and airy interior and the largest panoramic window on any UK caravan. It has heating, gas and electric and there is a smart kitchen with oven and grill, as well as a hotel-style washroom with toilet and shower.

On top of the amazing new caravan, John has won a year’s caravan insurance, a year’s free membership to the Caravan and Motorhome Club and a month’s worth of free night stays at any of the club’s 300 sites across the UK, to be taken before the end of 2019.

Others also gave the town the thumbs- up for its great views and traditional bucket-and-spade vibe.

With the results in, we will be bringing you the low-down on the top ten over the next ten weeks, with postcards from your favourite places.

Look out for the best places to eat, drink and enjoy, as well as suggestions from the Caravan And Motorhome Club on where to stay and explore.
For more information about becoming a club member see or call 01342 318 813.

For information on Adria’s range of caravans, see

Hidden Gems

ALTHOUGH you voted in your thousands for the firm favourites, our Great British Bucketlist entries were also a mine of less obvious spots.

Here are some of our top picks:

“We love to visit Shell Island in Barmouth, Gwynedd, and head to the Nantcol waterfalls. The scenery is amazing and Barmouth is a traditional British resort that brings back great memories from my childhood.”

“St Bees in Cumbria and the view of the sea as you come over the hill is magnificent. The beach is also gorgeous – it is clean and never overcrowded. The cliffs and views are simply breathtaking.”

“The charming North Yorkshire town of Staithes, near Scarborough. The pretty and tranquil location has simple beauty and quaint shops. It is a true treasure trove in a busy world.”

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