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Six Instagram-Worthy Places in the UK

Six Instagram-Worthy Places in the UK

Snapping away on our camera phones has become part of everyday life and with the average number of ‘selfies’ taken a day topping a million, choosing the perfect location to capture those all-important moments is crucial. Now it is not necessary to scale buildings or hang over cliffs to get the perfect shot. There are plenty of beautiful and Instagram-worthy places in the UK but you may just have to look up from your mobile screen to find them!

Taking epic pictures of our travels is another popular way to showcase our love of exploring the world and also gives us some well-earned bragging rights. Who wouldn’t want to share how much of a good time they’re having, right? Fortunately, the UK has a range of beautiful and diverse locations to get that perfect InstaSnap. Whether it is soaking up the tranquillity on a secluded beach in Cornwall or heading to one of the country’s historic cities, you are sure to find an idyllic location to keep those “likes” pouring in.

London

So it is the total travel cliché but let’s head to the capital for those Instaworthy snaps. From the numerous historic buildings to the swanky new skyscrapers, there is a location for a shot here for everyone. Some popular spots include the views from The Shard, trying to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and trying not to get hit by a black cab at Piccadilly Circus.

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    Porthcurno, Cornwall

    This spectacular location is home not only to captivating sandy shores, it’s here that you’ll also find Cornwall’s world-famous open-air Minack Theatre. Perched on the cliffs with a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, it feels as if you’re watching a show at the end of the earth and boy does it offer a great shot for your Insta profile!

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      Edinburgh, Scotland

      There are tons of locations dotted around the beautiful city of Edinburgh to capture the perfect shot. Stop by the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge and capture the experience with a selfie from the seafront at South Queensferry or if you fancy some of the best views over the city, hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat for an amazing photo opportunity.

        The Peak District

        As the first of the UK’s National Parks, The Peak District has long been recognised for its outstanding beauty and stunning scenery. From the quintessential English villages to the majestic peaks and undulating valleys, this location gives you a unique and memorable experience all year round. For a spectacular view, head to Mam Tor and capture the sunrise over this breathtaking spot.

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          Cardigan Bay, Wales

          If you’re looking to visit an area jam-packed full of picturesque landscapes, glorious sandy shores, charming market towns and the chance to spot a dolphin or two, Cardigan Bay is the place. There are plenty of chances to capture Insta moments here and for something truly magical, head out by boat from New Quay in the summer and take a snap of the resident bottlenose dolphins just off the shoreline.

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            Heacham, Norfolk

            You may be able to convince people that you are actually visiting the Provence Vineyards in France with photo of the beautiful lavender fields in this location, yet you haven’t had to hop across the channel to do so. A visit to Heacham is the next best thing. The blankets of purple flora with their spectacular, renowned fragrance are a delight to the senses.

              Featured photo credit: The Shard, view on River Thames, LondonOpen Air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno West Cornwall CoastForth Bridge Blues, Mam Tor, Cardigan Bay, Norfolk Lavender – All from Flickr Creative Commons

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              My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

              Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

              The Neural Knitwork Project

              In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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              While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

              The knitting and neural connection

              The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

              More mental health benefits from knitting

              Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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              She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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              “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

              The dopamine effect on our happiness

              Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

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