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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.
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.
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.
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!