Welsh forests are least popular in UK according to Instagram – wtf?

Welsh forests

Away Resorts, operator of six holiday resorts based around the UK, recently analysed thousands of Instagram hashtags to discover what they saw as ‘the public’s favourite UK forests.’

To compile the Top 25, the hashtags used to tag 70 UK forest locations were collected and compared. In order to create final list, only those that had 50 or more uses of their hashtag were included in the running.

The data revealed that The New Forest was the most popular forest in the UK, with a combined total of 452,854 uses of two hashtags; #thenewforest and #newforest.

The Royal Forest of Dean (a definite favourite wild space of mine) came in at second place (with 102,955 uses of #forestofdean, whilst Sherwood Forest (with 98,672 uses of #sherwoodforest), came in at third place.

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Forest of dean 🍃

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But what about our Welsh forests?

According to the analysis done by Away Homes, the top 10 most Instagrammed forests were ALL based in England. Not a single Welsh forest made it into the top 25.

At first I was a bit gutted to find out that none of our wonderful Welsh landscapes had made it into Instagram’s hall of hashtag #fame. Were our woodland spaces that unpopular? Do other people not see them like I do?

As I pondered the reasons why, I started to realise just how lucky we are to have such wonderful wild landscapes, practically to ourselves. I mean, if there’s one thing I really hate when I am out for a spot of forest-bathing, it’s having to share my space with hoardes of other people.

There’s definitely no chance of that in Coed Ganllwyd in Snowdonia national park is there…

Or the nearby Coed Felinrhyd for that matter.

This is actually one of the ancient Celtic rainforests that will benefit from from a huge £9m restoration fund from the EU.

And I can’t see the parking near the beautiful Dyfi Forest being an issue either.

It’s a good job, because I am dying to stay in one of Eco Retreat’s Dyfi forest tipis. Just imagine jumping into one of these incredible outdoor wood-fired baths.

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Eco Retreats’ “secret pool”

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My verdict on the Away Homes Instagram findings?

Well as much as I love the Forest of Dean, and am sure Sherwood Forest is a hoot, I think we’re truly lucky to have Instagram’s least hash-tagged UK forests. I relish the fact that our wild spaces are exactly that; wild, untamed and unpopulated.

The necessity to experience all of their natural beauty in real life – rather than scrolling through Instagram for a quick look? That can only be a good thing.

To view the full ‘top 25 forests list’ visit: www.awayresorts.co.uk/best-forests.


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