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Northern Ireland's Mourne Mountains voted the UK's best view

And here's why - click the magnifying glass to view stunning photos of the Mournes in all their glory

By Jemma Crew

Published 22/02/2016

Ireland was once two islands with the Mountains of Mourne as hot as California's Death Valley
Ireland was once two islands with the Mountains of Mourne as hot as California's Death Valley
Snow on the Mourne Mountains. Pic: Steven Hylands
Mourne Mountains by Colin Bailie. Copyright retained by Colin Williams Photography and Aerial Images NI
Mourne Mountains or Mournes, are a well-loved rugged area of stunning hills and scenic views that is perfect for lovers who want to get away from the rest of the crowd. The granite mountain range located in County Down in the south-east of Northern Ireland, are among the most famous of the mountains on the island of Ireland. The surrounding area is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is proposed as the first National Park in Northern Ireland. The Mountains of Mourne are partly owned by the National Trust and see a large number of visitors every year. The highest mountain is Slieve Donard at 849 metres (2,786 ft).
CS Lewis's magical land of Narnia from his popular children's books the Chronicles of Narnia were inspired from his experiences of the Mourne Mountains. And it's easy to understand why. There's magic in the air here befitting the outstanding natural beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home on the invigorating and inspirational slopes.
The Mourne mountains provide a striking backdrop to Royal Co Down
Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race 2015
Home comforts: the Mourne Mountains
The Perseid meteor shower, with the Milky Way over Spelga Dam captured in the Mourne Mountains
The road to mountains of mourne taken with an iPhon. Picture: Roy Goudie
The mountains of mourne. Picture: Roy Goudie
TOPSHOTS The crowd fills a hill at the 5th hole with the mountains of Mourne in the background on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington (L) lines up up tee shot on the 17th green, in front of the Mournes mountains, on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Horses cool down with a dip at Tyrella Beach, Co Down
The Mournes, by George Wills
Mourne supremacy: The Mourne Mountains in Co Down could be a contender for National Park status

The jagged mountains forming one of the backdrops to hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones have been voted the nation's best view, according to a major survey.

Around one third of people surveyed by The Countryman magazine voted for the mountains of Mourne in County Down, Northern Ireland, where parts of the 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% of the vote, while striking sights in the Isle of Skye, Lake District and Pembrokeshire made the top five.

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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."

The Countryman editor, Mark Whitley, said: "For nearly 90 years The Countryman has celebrated the best of the British countryside, whether it's our spectacular coastline, wild and windswept uplands, rugged peaks or pastoral scenes.

"We wanted the nation to help us celebrate our natural treasures by choosing Britain's best view (including entries from across the UK).

"We were amazed by the response, and the passion that people expressed for their favourites. The results demonstrate the extraordinary diversity of landscapes and scenery across the length and breadth of Britain."

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

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