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If you are a big fan of outdoor activities, or you live near to one of our 15 UK National Parks, you have most likely visited one for a family day out, to hike, bike or explore. However, there are plenty of people in the UK who havenâ€™t yet had that opportunity. Here are just a few reasons why you should spend time discovering our National Parks this yearâ€¦
Does the thought of untamed, open countryside excite you? Thousands of holidaymakers love to stay in the National Parks each year, and thereâ€™s plenty of ways to enjoy it. A gentle walk through clearly marked paths, cycling through the country lanes, or getting off-road completely on a mountain scramble. Our locations are all within or near to a National ParkÂ and are perfect for aÂ weekend, midweek or week-long break. Which National Park do you think youâ€™d like to try first?
Picture wide open moors, beautiful swathes of purple heather and the call of birds. If youâ€™re looking for peace and quiet, youâ€™ve found it. But donâ€™t think the moors are empty.Â
Hop onto theÂ NYMR steam trainÂ to take in just a few of the popular destinations across the moors.
All aboard to see Yorkshire's natural beauty
The South Downs stretches from Winchester to Eastbourne in Hampshire, and along the 100-mile length youâ€™ll find a diversity of stunning views. But one of the best times to visit is actually at night. As one of the worldâ€™s newestÂ International Dark Sky Reserves, youâ€™ll find incredible views of the stars â€“ weather permitting, of course.
Stretching coastline views at South Downs
As Britainâ€™s largest protected wetland, the Broads in Norfolk and Suffolk have a completely different atmosphere to the open moors. You can explore over 125 miles of waterways by bike or on foot of course â€“ but why wouldnâ€™t you choose to take a boat?
Peaceful sunset views over the Broads in Norfolk
Dramatic mountain views, deep serene lochs and ancient forest, youâ€™ll find it all in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Here truly is the wild, challenging scenery that more experienced hikers love.Â
Climb to the top of some of the towering hills and take a deep breath. Now you understand just what makes our National Parks so special.
Breath-taking views from loch to mountain
Choose between 9 incredible mountain ranges
Magical vast moorland at Dartmoor
Experience the beauty of natural waterfalls at Brecon Beacons
The Peak District was the first National Park and has nearly 200 square miles of open access land for walkers. But donâ€™t let your lack of orientation skills put you off. There are miles of family-friendly, clearly marked trails to explore, including the popular stepping stones of Dovedale.
Hop, skip or jump across the stepping stones at Dovedale
The UKâ€™s National Parks hold a treasure for everyone. Stay on the signposted routes or, for the more experienced explorer, find your own way through the open access lands. Youâ€™ll discover fresh air, nature, history and plenty of adventure.