UK National Parks Holidays
UK National Parks are special areas of countryside that are protected places for everyone to enjoy. They each have their own beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage. The National Park and Countryside Act 1949 allowed people to live and work in the National Parks and protected the farms, villages and towns from development and industrialisation. Each National Park has its own boundaries, rules and laws to make sure nature and wildlife are protected. They are for everyone to benefit from unspoilt nature.
The Broads National Park
The Broads National Park in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk is an area of outstanding natural beauty with beautiful landscapes, countryside and an abundance of rare wildlife. Although this region only became a National Park in 2015, the Broads have become a popular holiday destination for ramblers, artists, anglers, birdwatchers and, of course, boating enthusiasts.
North Yorkshire Moors National Park
The North Yorkshire Moors National Park has one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. Peace and beauty go together here with quiet country lanes and many walking trails and coastal paths with stunning scenery. Popular walks include the Cleveland Way, which circles the moors, and has a section along the coast; and the Lyke Wake Walk, which leads directly across the heart of the moors passing pine forests and lush, rolling hills.
South Downs National Park
The South Downs National Park is a beautiful region with rolling hills, lush green valleys, woodlands and attractive market towns and villages. It is England's newest National Park having become fully operational in 2011. The landscapes and scenery are stunning and perfect for nature lovers, walkers and hikers. There are many signposted trails which are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Holidays and breaks in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland. Coach holidays, rural cottages and hotels in the beautiful hills and glens. Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch that lies between the lowlands and highlands of Scotland and has the largest surface area of any lake in Great Britain. The lake is the centre of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and the water is surrounded by some truly stunning countryside.
Brecon Beacons National Park
The Brecon Beacons National Park has become one of the most sought-after holiday and leisure destinations in the UK. The stunning mountains and spectacular landscapes compliment the wide variety of family activities and attractions on offer together with a wide choice of outdoor pursuits. South Wales has so much to offer, from the beautiful scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park to the beauty and attractions of the Gower Peninsular.
Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms National Park is popular for activities such as walking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing and canoeing. For hillwalkers there are 55 Munros which are mountains above 3,000 feet in height. Two of Scotland's Great Trails pass through the park: the Speyside Way and the Cateran Trail. The Highland Wildlife Park also lies within the National Park, and the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail is located near Feshiebridge.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
World famous for its beaches, cliffs, islands and wildlife, Pembrokeshire's crinkled coast offers endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Over the years Pembrokeshire's beaches, all of which lie in the National Park, have been awarded many International Blue Flag Awards and recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.
Exmoor National Park
Exmoor is a walkers and horse riders delight, with miles of public footpaths, bridleways and byways traversing farmland, wild heather-clad moor and dropping into hidden combes. It is loosely defined as an area of hilly open moorland in west Somerset and north Devon and is named after the River Exe, the source of which is situated in the centre of the area, two miles north-west of Simonsbath.
Yorkshire Dales National Park
The Yorkshire Dales are home to a great many famous visitor attractions such as the unique woodland waterfalls and rock formations of Aysgarth Falls, and Richmond, a beautiful town overlooking the river with an old town centre and a stunning historical castle. Most of the region is within the Yorkshire National Park and provides an insight into the old-fashioned Yorkshire way of life.
Northumberland National Park
Northumberland is England's most northerly county and offers golden sandy beaches, rolling hills, ancient castles and friendly towns and villages. Northumberland National Park covers large parts of the county and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Park protects the the region from development and agriculture, and preserves the beautiful landscapes and scenery.
Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park was founded in 1951 and covers an area of over 550 square miles. Most of the Park is located in the beautiful county of Derbyshire, and the picturesque town of Ashbourne is known as the Gateway to the Peak District. Spectacularly lovely countryside, fascinating industrial heritage, stately homes, top family attractions and huge variety of exciting leisure activities.
Lake District National Park
It's easy to see why the Lake District is the most popular national Park in the UK, Its stunning and magnificent scenery is famous for inspiring all kinds of creatives, from poets and artists to children's authors. Some of the many enjoyable ways to discover this fascinating area include lake cruises and mountain walks. Energetic and experienced Lake District visitors should see Wasdale and possibly 'take on' Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.
Snowdonia National Park
Dominated by Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park is to Wales what the Lake District is to England. An area of outstanding natural beauty, this National Park is set in north Wales and visitors can paddle their feet on a sandy beach in the morning and be sitting atop the highest peak in Wales that same day. Snowdonia has much to offer, from quaint and picturesque rural villages and ancient monuments to dramatic landscapes and spectacular scenery, beautiful lakes and many walking and hiking opportunities.
New Forest National Park
The New Forest was once a royal hunting ground used by William the Conqueror. The area is made up of ancient woodlands, beautiful countryside, lowland heaths and lovely coastline. Here you will step back in time and discover pretty towns and villages with cobbled streets and superb views over the landscapes.
Dartmoor National Park
The Dartmoor National Park is located in Devon between Exeter and Plymouth. It contains the Dartmoor moorlands covering 954 square kilometres (368 square miles). This is one of the best wilderness areas in the UK for Bronze Age remains and much of the moor seems almost littered with stone circles, stone rows and burial stones. There are also forested areas, and particularly in the outskirts of the Park, cultivated fields, deep valleys and pretty villages.