Editors Pick: Our Summer Guide To UK National Parks
Summer is one of the best times to explore the natural wonders of the UK’s stunning national parks. You can go on a daytrip to discover a new walking trail or spend a week rejuvenating in an inspiring landscape – and the best thing is, you won’t have to travel far to find a secluded space just for you!
Here are our top picks of UK National Parks so you can start your summer in the outdoors.
In between Norfolk and Suffolk is Britain’s largest nationally protected wetland, The Broads. A network of rivers and lakes allows you to navigate through charming villages, farmland and woods in a unique and relaxing way. Hire a boat or go on a guided tour of the waterways to enjoy rare wildlife and fascinating history.
Lake District National Park
As the UK’s most popular national park, The Lake District attracts visitors from far and wide with panoramic vistas of hilltops, mountains and serene lakes. If you’re an outdoor adventure enthusiast, you’re in for a treat with spectacular walks and literary lovers can travel in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin for inspiration.
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park, in Devon, offers the picture-perfect ideal for a country outing. Sheep graze peacefully by the roadside, granite hills rise above the land and the wilderness of the moors compels and inspires. You can also experience adrenalin activities, including hiking, white-water rafting and climbing trails.
Brecon Beacons National Park
When you’re looking for a country escape blending outdoor adventure with culinary delights, Brecon Beacons National Park, in Wales, delivers. You can enjoy incredible walking, horse-riding and mountain biking trails and end your days in historic pubs, restaurants or cooking up your own feast using fresh produce from local farmers markets.
New Forest National Park
Head to Hampshire to explore the New Forest National Park for wildlife and scenery amid a huge array of accommodation options to make the most of your visit. Camp out under the stars with a backdrop of lush forest or get cosy in a country holiday cottage.
Cairngorms National Park
Britain’s largest national park takes some time to explore, so staying for a week or two is the way to go. Home to four of Scotland’s highest peaks, stone circles and the history of retreats such as Balmoral Castle, a summer holiday here has something for everyone.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Britain’s only coastal National Park covers 612 square kilometres, with magnificent limestone cliffs, golden sand and rugged volcanic headlands. To explore, go on a trek along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to discover the plants, animals and birds of the preserved habitat. To rest your weary feet, you’ll find charming towns and villages along the way.
Snowdonia National Park
If you love Arthurian legends, you’ll find plenty of connections in Snowdonia, Wales. The highest peak in Wales and England, Snowdon, stands guard over nine mountain ranges with rugged peaks, spectacular gorges and dramatic landscapes. Get your fill of walking through waterfalls, forests and valleys, before heading to the coast for relaxation.
North York Moors National Park
When all you want to do is walk, walk, walk, the North York Moors National Park is the place for you. Cross the moors on foot and explore quaint villages amid the wild and windswept landscapes. Summer is the best time to go, to experience the purple splendour of heather in bloom.