The best National Parks in the UK
Are you looking to get away for a few days? Sometimes, we all need a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life and a holiday can prove the perfect tonic, offering the chance to switch off your brain and recharge your batteries.
Of course, not everyone has the same idea of what an enjoyable holiday looks like. For some, it’s a long weekend in a bustling European city.
For others, it’s a week or more spent sunning themselves by a pool with a good book. But what about those who prefer to stay a little closer to home?
The UK is blessed with a wide range of stunning destinations, and with staycations predicted to boom in popularity in 2021, millions are set to experience the joys of what our nation has to offer. At the top of that list is an abundance of beautiful countryside, just waiting to be explored.
Whether you strike out on your own, with a companion or book on one of the several escorted tours around the UK, there are many National Parks that are perfect for walking enthusiasts and those who love to immerse themselves in the natural environment.
The go-to destination for those who love an outdoor adventure. Home to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, this is a National Park that offers a wide variety.
During your stay you can enjoy activities such as white water rafting – ideal for the adrenaline junkies out there – or train enthusiasts can revel in a narrow-gauge railway trip.
Of course, if you fancy a challenge then you can always take on the summit of Snowdon itself.
You can find all the information you need about visiting Snowdonia in our travel guide, including not only things to do, but where to stay and where to eat.
The Peak District
Situated right in the heart of the UK, the Peak District National Park is ideally placed for travellers from all corners of the country. This is actually one of the best destinations for fall colours in Europe!
The Monsal Trail is a must for walking or cycling fanatics, but it’s an area that offers something for everyone.
If you prefer to spend your downtime with your feet up, why not pay a visit to Chatsworth House and revel in a spot of afternoon tea.
How about venturing to Scotland and take in the stunning natural beauty that is Cairngorms National Park?
Nature reserves are dotted all around the park, with the rare red squirrel a particular highlight, so it’s the perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
Meanwhile, those who live their life at a slightly faster pace might be tempted by the UK’s first permanent bridge-based bungee jump.
The Yorkshire Dales
For simply spectacular views, look no further than the Yorkshire Dales National Park. For a major challenge, and one that’s not for the faint-hearted, why not take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Scaling Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough on their own are tough enough, so all three back-to-back in one day over the course of 25 miles is a real test. Believe us when we say the stunning scenery makes it all worth it.
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