Looking for somewhere to make the most of the spring weather? A seaside town in Tyne and Wear is one of the best places to be, according to National Geographic.

It comes as Whitley Bay in North Tyneside has been recommended as one of the UK destinations perfect for a spring getaway as “major refurbishments have blown the dust off this arty corner” in the county.

The travel experts explained: “Whether you’re longing to fill your lungs with sea air or are looking to spend some quiet days rambling through the countryside, these UK destinations are all perfectly suited to spring travel.

“From the ‘Queen of Welsh resorts’ to the region that’s home to the UK’s rarest butterfly species, these are 10 of the best destinations to escape to this Easter holiday and beyond.”

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Why is Whitley Bay one of the UK’s best places for a spring getaway?

National Geographic explained: “Whitley Bay was once best known for its caravan parks and fairground attractions, but things have changed over the past decade. Major refurbishments have blown the dust off this arty corner of Tyne and Wear, helping to place the old seaside favourite firmly back on the map.

“The mile-long sandy beach, which has been Blue Flag-certified every year since 1994, is a big draw. Brave locals swim and paddleboard year-round, and surfers are well served by North Atlantic swells.”

Over in North Yorkshire, National Geographic also highlited the North York Moors as one of the best destinations if you fancy exploring the great outdoors this spring.

It said: “Driving into the North York Moors National Park is a bit like delving into the pages of The Secret Garden — it was indeed these heather-clothed moorlands that inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel.

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“Granted, this pocket of North Yorkshire might not be such a secret — its hiking paths, country pubs and historic villages have magnetic appeal, and for good reason.

“Throw in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which sits on the southern edge of the national park, and you’ve got yourself one of the UK’s most idyllic getaways.”

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UK’s top 10 destinations for a spring getaway

  • North York Moors
  • Llandudno
  • Stour Valley
  • Rutland
  • Winchester
  • Falmouth
  • Arnside and Silverdale
  • Monmouthshire
  • Forest of Bowland
  • Whitley Bay

You can find more information about each best spring travel locations across the UK on the National Geographic website.