North Wales beauty spot in top list of 'hidden gems' to visit

Crib Goch (left), the Pyg and Miners tracks, and Llyn Glaslyn (foreground) and Llydaw
-Credit: (Image: Eryl Crump)

A North Wales beauty spot has been revealed as one of the UK's best hidden gem locations according to research. found beautiful places with a very low number of tags on Instagram, suggesting they were rarely visited, and a good place to go, to get away from holiday and bank holiday crowds.

It ranked Llyn Glaslyn, in Eryri - Snowdonia National Park - fifth, according to the research, which said: "In fifth place is Llyn Glaslyn, with 481 Instagram hashtags. Meaning ‘blue lake’ in Welsh, Llyn Glaslyn is located 600m above sea level in Snowdonia National Park and is known for its heart-shaped appearance, but also in folklore for being the lake where Arthur had his sword thrown into. As part of a stunning location, visitors can expect to see breathtaking views."

In first was St Martin’s Window in London: "with only 11 location tags. Situated on the east side of the Church of St. Martin in the Fields in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square, this window is a visually intriguing installation in that it is reminiscent of a cross. Still, its warped horizontal and vertical lines move towards a central opening that allows light to pass through, giving it an abstract appearance. Fans of abstract art should add this to their travel itinerary if they plan to visit London soon"

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Ranking second with only 16 Instagram hashtags is John Snow’s Water Pump. "Located in Broadwick Street in London’s Soho, this pump is synonymous with the capital’s cholera outbreak in 1854 and gets its name from Dr John Snow, who pinpointed the pump as the source of the outbreak. Although the pump is a replica of the original, it was installed in its original location and is also next to the eponymous John Snow pub, where visitors can enjoy a relaxing drink after seeing the pump."

In third place was 10 Adam Street with 45 Instagram hashtags. "This spot is known for its striking resemblance to 10 Downing Street and is situated just half a mile away by The Strand. Unlike 10 Downing Street, 10 Adam Street is easily accessible, meaning visitors can pose by the infamous black front door and pretend they’re meeting the Prime Minister."

In fourth place and again in London are the Seven Noses of Soho, with 190 Instagram hashtags. "Created in 1997 by Artist Rick Buckley as an act of protest against the appearance of CCTV cameras in the capital, he placed casts of his nose on 35 London landmarks. Although many of these were removed, seven remain and are located around the streets of Soho. Myths state that if one finds all seven noses, wealth will come their way."

Trailing at the bottom of the top 15 of the research was the Corpus Clock in Cambridge, with 3,409 Instagram hashtags. "This monument is also known as the ‘Grasshopper Clock’ as its top features a mechanical Grasshopper-like creature, whose mouth opens and closes, ‘eating away’ at the time as a way to symbolise that time is relative to us all. Those visiting Cambridge can find the clock outside the Taylor Library by Corpus Christi College."

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