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Game of Thrones helps Mournes become 'favourite view'

Jemma Crew, PA
22 February, 2016 15:33

THE appearance of the Mourne Mountains in Co Down in Game of Thrones has helped it top a magazine survey searching for the 'best view'.

Around one third of people surveyed by The Countryman magazine voted for the mountains of Mourne in County Down, where parts of the hit fantasy show were filmed.

The granite mountain range also inspired author C S Lewis as he wrote his children's book series The Chronicles of Narnia.

The glimpse of Snowdonia from the summit of Snowdon was the second most popular view, with 16 per cent of the vote, while striking sights in the Isle of Skye, Lake District and Pembrokeshire made the top five.

Alan Titchmarsh also revealed his favourite view was over the Yorkshire Dales town where he grew up.

The former Gardeners' World presenter said: "The view from the Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor, over the town below, will always remain my favourite view.

"I grew up in this Dales town, and the view reminds me of how lucky I was to grow up in such a wonderful part of the country.

"Moors, woods and riverside were my childhood playground, and I cherish the time I spend there."

Mark Whitley, editor of The Countryman, said that the magazine had celebrated the best of the countryside for nearly 90 years, admiring "the spectacular coastline, wild and windswept uplands, rugged peaks or pastoral scenes."

"We were amazed by the response, and the passion that people expressed for their favourites".

The top five views as voted in The Countryman magazine's survey are:

  •  Mountains of Mourne from the shoreline near Tyrella, County Down
  • Snowdonia from the summit of Snowdon
  • Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye
  • Wastwater, Lake District
  • Marloes, St Brides Bay, Pembrokeshire
22 February, 2016 15:33 Northern Ireland news