Posts Tagged ‘UK National Parks’

Top National Parks to Visit in the UK

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
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Last night on ITV a new series about National Parks in the UK began, hosted by actress Caroline Quentin. The three-part series sees Quentin, famed for her roles in hit television shows such as Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek, travelling across the UK, visiting some of the best parks in the UK and learning all about the area from those with a passion for conservation.

It’s over 60 years since our first National Park was created and they remain as stunning and as popular as ever.”  –Caroline Quentin

Inspired by Quentin’s adventures across the majestic National Parks of England, Scotland, and Wales we’ve decided to highlight some of our favourite UK National Parks. So, stop planning that trip abroad for a few minutes and take a look at some of the areas of breathtaking natural beauty that are right here on our doorstep.

Snowdonia National Park – North Wales

Snowdonia National Park - Cader Idris

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Set in the North-West of Wales you’ll find Snowdonia National Park, the first designated National Park in Wales. Here, 832 square miles of rugged beauty is dominated by the towering peak of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain peak in Wales. With over 6 million visitors a year Snowdonia is the third most visited National Park in England and Wales, but don’t worry that you’ll feel like you’re just one in a million, there’s more than enough room for everyone!

Find out about all that you can do in Snowdonia by downloading Enjoy Snowdonia, the National Park Authority’s new Snowdonia information app.

Looking for accommodation in the park? Take a look at our selection of Snowdonia holiday cottages.

Lake District National Park – North West England

Lake District National Park

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The Lake District is one of the most famous regions of the country, and with good reason. Here you’ll be treated to one of the most beautiful landscapes you’ve ever laid eyes on  – green rolling hills dotted with ancient farm houses, crystal clear waters, and cloud scraping mountains. Whether you’re an outdoor lover, or like to stick closer to civilization, the Lake District has something for you. Head out on the trails around the lakes, or spend your days poking through shops in the quaint towns of Windermere, Kendal, and Keswick.

For all your Lake District info visit Go Lakes, the official Lake District Tourist Board website.

Make your trip a long one and book yourself a great Lake District holiday cottages. We have a great selection to choose from, and all at competitive prices.

Dartmoor National Park – South West England

Early morning on Sharpitor - Dartmoor National Park

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If it’s natural drama that you’re looking for, Dartmoor National Park is the place for you. Sweeping moorlands and granite uplands merge together to create a landscape like no other. Dartmoor is a walkers paradise and the public enjoy extensive access rights throughout the park. This allows visitors to fully explore all of the local tors, standing stones, stone circles, and other historical sites litter throughout the park, as well as maybe getting up close and personal with the resident ponies. Just be careful that you don’t get caught out after dark though, the park is reputedly the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of “spectral hounds”, and a large black dog.

Find out all about the right of way rules for walking throughout the park by visiting the Dartmoor National Park Authority website.

Get away from all of the park ghosts and ghouls by tucking yourself up in a Dartmoor holiday cottage before nightfall, you’ll be happy that you did!

Take a National Park Cottage Holiday in 2013

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
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There are few places more relaxing, more beautiful, and better for a summer holiday than one of the UK’s National Parks. These protected and wild places are the best areas in the country to just get away from it all, turn off the mobile phone and computer, and just let yourself step away from the stresses of the modern world. There are fifteen National Parks across Britain to choose from, and any of these breathtaking landscapes would make the ultimate spot for your 2013 summer cottage holiday.

Perfection in the Peak District

Peak District

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The Peak District National Park was the first area to be designated as a National Park in the UK in 1951, and today the park plays host to an astonishing 22 million visitors a year! Don’t worry that you won’t be able to get away from the crowds though, because with an area of more than 555 sq mi there is more than enough room for everyone. The Peak District is a great park to visit on a day trip from Manchester of Sheffield, being just a stones throw away from both, giving you the best of both worlds on your summer holiday – days spent walking in the sunshine of the Peak District and evenings spent taking in the infamous nightlife of two of England’s most exciting cities. Find your perfect Peak District holiday cottage today.

Laid back in the Lake District

Coniston Water in the Lake District

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The Peak District may be the oldest National Park in Britain, but the Lake District is arguably the best known. Located on the north west coast of England, not far from the Scottish border, the Lake District National Park is best known for it’s breathtaking landscape and historic charm. After just a short time in the Lake District you’ll quickly understand why the area has been such an inspiration to artists and poets over the decades – it’s beauty is just undeniable. If you’re travelling with children they will love to visit some of the Lake Districts best known story book characters, including the friendly animals of Beatrix Potter and the ever-forgetful Postman Pat. The Lake District is a very popular for cottage holidays so make sure that you book your 2013 Lake district cottage soon!

Excitement in Exmoor

Exmoor National Park

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Exmoor National Park, in the south west of Britain, may not be the biggest National Park, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in sheet diversity of landscape. This 267 sq mi park once served as the ancient royal hunting forest of King Henry II of England, but today it more resembles a vintage postcard than a place to hunt beasts. That said, the legend of the Beast of Exmoor remains to this day. Take a walk through the moorlands and then pop into a cosy country pub to relax for the afternoon and just watch the world go by. Find your perfect Exmoor holiday cottage now.

The slogan for the National Parks in Britain is ‘Britain’s breathing spaces’ and that is exactly what they are! Spending all, or just part, of your 2013 cottage holiday in one of these beautiful natural landscapes is sure to leave you rested and relaxed, and feeling better than ever.

Booking your 2013 cottage holiday in advance is a great idea, but we also have many great cottages that still have summer availability for this year. If you don’t yet have plans for this coming bank holiday weekend, why not consider a family holiday to a lovely country cottage. Visit our last minute cottages page to find a great deal for your end of summer getaway.