North Yorkshire makes UK movers' top five rural retreats

People in Leeds expressed an overwhelming preference for North Yorkshire.
People in Leeds expressed an overwhelming preference for North Yorkshire.

Brits would be willing to pay a staggering 21 per cent more than the national average house price for the better quality of life and cleaner air that comes from living in the countryside, new research shows.

The survey, conducted by Certas Energy, asked more than 2,000 UK residents their views on relocating to the countryside, with more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of Brits saying that they would consider moving.

Residents of Wales and East Anglia were the most enthusiastic, with 85 per cent and 82 per cent (respectively) saying they would consider heading to a more rural location.

The top five locations that people would like to more to are Cornwall (28 per cent), Devon (27 per cent), Lake District (22 per cent), Somerset (17 per cent), and North Yorkshire (16 per cent).

The survey also revealed that people living in the North would like to stay there, with Leeds overwhelmingly showing a preference for North Yorkshire (53 per cent), Liverpool favouring the Lake District (37 per cent) and Sheffield choosing the Derbyshire Dales as their rural idyll of choice (29 per cent).

The fast pace and hustle and bustle of a city may appeal to some, but it seems Brits also value the serenity that the countryside can bring. The top two reasons for moving to the countryside were better quality of life (57 per cent) and cleaner air (39 per cent).

Angus Blundell, director of marketing at Certas Energy, said: “Many people choose to move to the countryside in search of fresh air and an overall better quality of life.

“Leaving the city behind and going a little further off the grid can let you enjoy the rural lifestyle and traditions that have existed for centuries in this country.”

He added: “Although a lot of Brits seem willing to pay the price for the benefits that rural life brings, making the move to the countryside doesn’t have to cost the earth and the scenery can be more than enough compensation for not being close to a corner shop!”