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Weekly Edition - Published  28 October 2016


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New statistics show that North West residents are foreigners when it comes to local landmarks

THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) can reveal that some of the North West’s world renowned landmarks are going unvisited by residents living just a stone’s throw away from the famous sites.

With a third of people in the North West choosing not to take a short break in the UK 2015 (32%), the BHF is encouraging people to go off the beaten track and get exploring their local area with its programme of walks and treks, to help raise money for heart research.

Top 10 UK destinations North West residents have never visited:-
Ranking Name of destination % of residents in the North West who haven’t visited
1 Giant’s Causeway 90%
2 Brecon Beacons 81%
3 Isle of Wight 80%
4 Angel of the North 75%
5 Cambridge University 75%
6 Hadrian’s Wall 74%
7 Brighton Pier 72%
8 Stonehenge 72%
9 Oxford University 71%
10 Glasgow 68%

Top of the list of local landmarks left unvisited is Hadrian’s Wall. Although the iconic barricade is renowned across the globe, 74% of people in the North West have failed to see it for themselves. Also, 24% of North West residents have never taken in the stunning scenery and picturesque landscape of the Lake District. But it’s not just the countryside that local people are taking for granted. 20% of locals have never even been to Blackpool Pier.

Adam Brockett, BHF Events Manager said:- “The North West is bursting with incredible must-see destinations and it’s a real shame that they’re going unseen by people who live in the region, which is why we’re encouraging residents to sign up to one of our treks. Signing up to a BHF trek is a fun and healthy way to make the most of your local scenery and iconic heritage sites.  Including a range of terrains and distances, you will also be helping fund life saving research that will benefit the estimated 902,000 people in the North West who suffer from heart and circulatory disease.”

Included in the BHF’s programme of treks in the North West is the BHF’s Hadrian’s Wall Hike, which takes place on 7 May 2016, where trekkers take on 9 miles across the most challenging section of the historic wall.

Other options include the 8 Peaks Challenge in the Lake District on 2 September. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the famous National Park, you will be put to the ultimate test as you tackle some of the most rugged mountains in England, climbing over 1600m in a single day.

Every pound raised from a BHF trek will make great strides in the fight against heart disease. By signing up to take on a ramble to remember, you will be helping us win the fight against heart disease. To find out more, visit:- BHF.Org.UK/Challenges.


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