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Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in the UK and the perfect time for a staycation. But where can Britons escape the crowds this autumn?

Top hidden gem destinations

  1. Dunwich
  2. Studland
  3. Bosham
  4. Worth Matravers
  5. Blockley
  6. Bilbury
  7. Patterdale
  8. Brancaster
  9. Branscombe
  10. Abbotsbury

Home2Go created the UK Hidden Gem Index by looking at the amount of activities, pubs, weather and photo spots in each destination.

Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast was ranked as the best hidden gem destination for autumn 2022.

The team said: “From Dunwich Forest to Dingle Marshes, this serene settlement is surrounded by stunning countryside landscapes.

“Stroll through swathes of heather and gorse at the National Trust Dunwich Heath and Beach, listening for the songs of rare birds, before stopping by The Ship for a bite to eat and local ale in a cosy coastal pub.”

Incredibly, Dunwich was once a bustling port town, until the majority of the settlement was lost to storms and sea in the 13th century.

The second top spot was beautiful Studland in Dorset which boasts four miles of sandy beaches.

Home2Go said: “This sleepy village is ideal for scenic seaside escapes. The Bankes Arms’ beer garden offers an incredible ocean outlook.

“Visitors can walk along the beaches to follow in Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s footsteps. The video for the hit Yellow was filmed in Studland Bay!”

Bosham in Chichester rounded off the top three and is the perfect spot to enjoy an idyllic afternoon tea.

The hidden gem’s ancient Holy Trinity Church dates back to the 10th century and is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.

The team said: “Perched on an inlet of Chichester Harbour with sailboats bobbing at the quay, the atmosphere in this picturesque West Sussex village is undeniably idyllic.”

Home2Go recommend visitors enjoy a slice of cake at Wendy’s Cafe before wandering Bosham Walk arcade.

Worth Matravers in Dorset also made the top five and is known for its picture perfect stone cottages.

Dog-owners will be in heaven with many stunning walks for four legged friends and an award-winning dog friendly pub.

Blockley in the Cotswold was once a bustling hub for the silk trade. The idyllic spot is now a base to explore Upton Wold.

Upton Wold is known as the ‘hidden garden of the Cotswolds’ while Blockley Church was featured in Father Brown.

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