#NationalParksWeek is upon us, and we figured this was the perfect time to celebrate the beauty that covers the UK. With 15 parks around Britain, we really are a lucky bunch! However we bet most of you haven’t visited more than 3? …
We’ve compiled our 5 favourites below, all with easy access via train that are guaranteed to offer you the trip of a lifetime, without even having to leave the UK! Whether you’re after a relaxing retreat in the hills, a cycling holiday with spectacular views or an adventure packed getaway for all the family, there’s a national park perfect for you.
The Lake District is the largest national park in the UK, and is a popular holiday destination even for travellers from afar. Known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and thriving rural communities. Market towns such as Kendal, Keswick and Ambleside are also perfect for exploring the area and offer guides to discover the 16 lakes that form the district.
One of our favourites for beautiful coastlines and traditional fishing villages – The North York Moors. From the historic steam railway to peaceful woodlands and Robin Hood’s Bay, there’s an adventure here waiting for you. Being just an hour from York, it’s also easily accessible via train. Plan your journey today!
Mountains and moorland, standing stones and castles, lively waterfalls and unique geology – what’s not to love about the Brecon Beacons? Perfect for walkers and cyclists of all abilities, and only an hour from Cardiff. This really is a must visit destination. Start your journey here.
Northumberland is renowned as one of Britain’s most tranquil areas thanks to its rolling hills, mountains and iconic dark skies. Surrounded by wildlife and historical landmarks such as Hadrian’s wall, this is a trip the whole family will love. Northumberland also offers luxurious hotels, so you can enjoy the countryside by day and relax in comfort by night.
If you want to discover picturesque villages, historical castles, river gorges and fine sandy beaches, you will love a trip to Snowdonia! Surrounded by the Snowdonia mountain range (and home to Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales), the views are honestly spectacular, and there’s miles of coastline and sand dunes to explore.
We’d love to know which UK national parks you have visited before, so drop us a tweet or comment below, and if you feel inspired to explore the beautiful UK National parks, start planning your journey today!