Google Maps data reveals the most popular outdoor city locations during Covid-19 lockdown


The pandemic has meant that the great outdoors has never been in greater demand – especially for those holed up in urban areas.

Now Google Maps has revealed the most popular outdoor locations for a stretch of the legs for residents in the UK’s major cities, based on what people searched for using the tool from February 1 to October 20.

In London, the No1 spot is Richmond Park, followed by Hampstead Heath, Battersea Park, Hyde Park and Epping Forest.

Google Maps has revealed the most popular outdoor locations for a stretch of the legs for residents in the UK’s major cities. Richmond Park, pictured, is the No1 spot for Londoners

For locals in Edinburgh the 823ft-high ancient volcano known as Arthur's Seat, pictured, is the best place to relieve lockdown tensions

For locals in Edinburgh the 823ft-high ancient volcano known as Arthur’s Seat, pictured, is the best place to relieve lockdown tensions

In Manchester Piccadilly Gardens takes first place, with Heaton Park in the runner-up spot, Delamere Forest third, Fletcher Moss Park fourth and Dunham Massey, which has a deer park covering 192 acres, in fifth.

Liverpudlians, according to the Google Maps numbers, are most likely to visit Sefton Park to relieve the cabin fever, followed by Crosby Beach, Delamere Forest and Calderstone Park.

The most popular outdoor spot for those in Birmingham is apparently the 524-acre Lickey Hills, followed by Cannon Hill Park, Clent Hills and Sutton Park.

In Manchester Piccadilly Gardens (pictured) takes first place, with Heaton Park in the runner-up spot

In Manchester Piccadilly Gardens (pictured) takes first place, with Heaton Park in the runner-up spot

The most popular outdoor spot for those in Birmingham is apparently the 524-acre Lickey Hills (pictured)

The most popular outdoor spot for those in Birmingham is apparently the 524-acre Lickey Hills (pictured)

Liverpudlians, according to the Google Maps numbers, are most likely to visit Sefton Park (pictured) to relieve the cabin fever

Liverpudlians, according to the Google Maps numbers, are most likely to visit Sefton Park (pictured) to relieve the cabin fever

Heading north to Glasgow and the ranking is Pollok Country Park in the top spot, then Mugdock Country Park, Rouken Glen Park, Loch Lomond and Chatelherault, a country park that was once described as a ‘jewel in the landscape’.

For locals in Edinburgh the 823ft-high ancient volcano known as Arthur’s Seat is the best place to relieve lockdown tensions. The rest of the top five ranking comprises Dalkeith Country Park, Calton Hill, Blackford Hill and Inverleith Park.

In Newcastle historic park Jesmond Dene emerged as the most popular outdoor spot, followed by Plessey Woods Country Park, Hamsterley Forest, Bolam Lake and Saltwell Park.

Google said that searches for outdoor locations on Google Maps dropped 257 per cent in April compared to February, as the majority of the nation was required to stay at home.

In Newcastle historic park Jesmond Dene (pictured) emerged as the most popular outdoor spot

In Newcastle historic park Jesmond Dene (pictured) emerged as the most popular outdoor spot

The place most Leeds residents visit for fresh air is Roundhay Park (pictured), followed by Golden Acre Park

The place most Leeds residents visit for fresh air is Roundhay Park (pictured), followed by Golden Acre Park

Pollok Country Park, pictured, takes the top spot in the outdoor location popularity ranking for Glasgow

Pollok Country Park, pictured, takes the top spot in the outdoor location popularity ranking for Glasgow

TOP OUTDOOR LOCATIONS FOR UK CITIES 

Listed for each city in order of popularity:

London – Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath, Battersea Park, Hyde Park and Epping Forest

Manchester – Piccadilly Gardens, Heaton Park, Delamere Forest, Fletcher Moss Park, Dunham Massey

Liverpool – Sefton Park, Crosby Beach, Delamere Forest and Calderstone Park

Leeds – Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park, Otley Chevin Forest Park and Meanwood Park

Newcastle – Jesmond Dene, Plessey Woods Country Park, Hamsterley Forest, Bolam Lake and Saltwell Park

Birmingham – Lickey Hills, Cannon Hill Park, Clent Hills and Sutton Park

Glasgow – Pollok Country Park, Mugdock Country Park, Rouken Glen Park, Loch Lomond and Chatelherault

Edinburgh – Arthur’s Seat, Dalkeith Country Park, Calton Hill, Blackford Hill and Inverleith Park

Source: Google Maps 

 

Then, after months of lockdown Britons were ready to explore and searches for outdoor locations spiked 51 per cent in July compared to pre-lockdown days.

And according to Google Search Trends, this year searches for ‘parks open near me’ are up 400 per cent, ‘beaches near me’ are up 300 per cent and ‘pretty walks near me’ was a breakout term, which means searches are up over 5,000 per cent.

Google pointed out that Maps has new features ‘to help people stay safe, up-to-date and connected if they need to travel’.

Google Maps, it said, can ‘help you more easily social distance with live crowdedness information’.

On Android and iOS globally, users will start seeing how crowded their bus, train, or subway line is based on real-time feedback from Google Maps users around the world (wherever data is available).

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