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Over the course of the past year, people have been spending more time at home than ever before. This extraordinary period has highlighted the importance of a peaceful living environment and supportive local community.

During the first lockdown, thousands of people left London and moved to the countryside – a trend that we saw up and down the UK as surges of city dwellers quit the spires and the smoke in favour of a more rural way of life.

This comes as no surprise as Britain is full of so many stunning beaches, mountains and national parks.

But as our homes have morphed into spaces for us to work, play and even holiday – where are the most relaxing spots to set up camp?

10 most tranquil places in the UK

Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire is one of the most relaxing places to live in the UK

By looking at factors such as surrounding natural beauty and local crime rates, Delamere Health conducted a study to champion the country's most tranquil communities.

A spokesperson from Delamere said: "Getting away from the stresses of everyday life to somewhere truly relaxing can be a tonic for our mental wellbeing."

A relaxing environment will vary from person to person depending on interests and needs. This list includes all kinds of peaceful spots, from coastal towns to inland villages.

North Berwick in Scotland sits at the top of the list. This seaside town lies just east of Edinburgh and is home to two spectacular sandy beaches, pretty coastal paths and extraordinary local wildlife – including plenty of rare seabirds.

For those that prefer dry land, Ilkley in Yorkshire is voted as the second most peaceful place to live.

This posh spa town is one of the richest places in the country – with Michelin star restaurants and millionaire homeowners to boot. The town is also surrounded by the beautiful Ilkley moor, making it the perfect base from which to enjoy long walks on the rugged heath.

North Berwick in Scotland is famous for its sandy beaches
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Melrose, Scotland is deemed the third most peaceful place to live. The tiny parish and town sits on the Scottish border close to the river Tweed and is tucked away in rolling Scottish hills.

Pace of life is slow in Melrose, but there are unlimited walking routes for those who love a ramble, both locally and in Northumberland National Park – which lies just south of the town.

Scotland appears a fair bit on the list, and this comes as no surprise as Scotland is regularly voted to be the best place to live in Britain.

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Other popular relaxing locations include seaside spots in Devon and Cornwall, whilst the beautiful Barnard Castle comes in at 10th place.

The full list:

  • North Berwick, Scotland – Score 57

  • Ilkley, Yorkshire – 51

  • Melrose, Scotland – 50

  • Woodbridge, Suffolk – 50

  • Kingsbridge, Devon – 49

  • Rutland, Leicestershire – 49

  • Dunkeld, Scotland – 48

  • Lewes, Sussex – 47

  • Wadebridge, Cornwall – 47

  • Barnard Castle, Durham – 46

  • So where will you be heading next?