the university of cumbria is a very popular choice. At least 10% of people in my sixth form have applied there.
I would say the most popular unis to apply to at my school include:
Nottingham, York, Newcastle, Durham, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool.
I swear at least 2/3 of my year applied to notts! (Including me. :3)
I went to a welsh-medium high school in North Wales, so most of my compatriots went to Cardiff, for higher achievers, or Bangor for lower achievers. The top of us went to Nottingham (me), and one each to Durham, Manchester and Cambridge. I have about a dozen friends at the Cardiff unis.
For my school its probably Oxford, Exeter and Sheffield...followed by Leicester/York/Manchester