A family’s favourite view of a Pembrokeshire Coast outlook has won the National Parks Hidden Treasures Photography Competition 2018. The competition, run by National Parks UK and Campaign for National Parks, received hundreds of entries of the public’s favourite moments and hidden gems from across the UK’s 15 National Parks.
Samantha Lewis has won the competition with an image of her son Jenson enjoying his favourite spot at the Castle, Saddle head in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. “Listening to the sea birds squawking while they fly overhead; smelling the wildflowers and watching the waves weaving in and out of the caves below is what makes this place my hidden treasure”, says Samantha.
With its varied landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only National Park in the country to be designated primarily for its exceptional coastline. Much of the Park is unspoiled and untouched by the intensities of modern living and farming, so it provides an ideal home to many native species that have disappeared from other parts of the UK. Rare birds such as choughs, skylarks and the stonechat choose the coastal heathland to make their home. Bats and many bird species hunt along the lines of twisting hedgerows, rich with wild flowers, whilst Atlantic grey seals give birth on Park shores and dolphins and porpoises play in the waves.
Glenn Kilpatrick’s snowy depiction of the Seated Figure sculpture at Castleton Rigg above Castleton in North York Moors National Park is a runner up in the competition.
“As there are so many photographs of the man I wanted to make mine different”, says Glenn, “so waited for the first significant snows of the season. Time this with sunset I felt I captured him in a rather nice light allowing me to show off the full detail of this amazing sculpture.”
Ancient stone crosses and boundary markers pepper the surroundings on Blakey Ridge, this spectacular ridge offers stunning views of North York Moors National Park, one of the largest and most important areas of heather moorland in the whole of Europe.
Sean Crawford is another runner up for his image of walkers on Carmarthen Fans, Brecon Beacons National Park. “Getting here involves long, hard trekking,” says Sean. “It’s remote and wild, spectacular, and rewards with incredible views – even to distant Devon across the Severn estuary to the south, and north into the Cambrian Mountains. It’s quieter than other parts of the Brecon Beacons and a very favourite hidden treasure of mine!”
The escarpments of the Carmarthen Fan penetrates some of the Brecon Beacons National Park's most spectacular and remote scenery. Imposing mountains, hidden lakes, wild and remote moorland lay in wait should you choose to take on this challenging but rewarding route.
The UK is home to 15 National Parks that span the length and breadth of the country. National Parks are protected because of their outstanding countryside, important wildlife and special cultural heritage; they also make important contributions to our economy and society and form part of our national identity. They are of huge importance to the people who live and work within them, as well as the many millions who visit for recreation and tourism. National Parks UK brings together the 15 National Park Authorities in the UK to raise the profile of the National Parks and to promote joint working. www.nationalparks.gov.uk
Campaign for National Parks is the only national charity dedicated to campaigning to protect and promote all of the National Parks of England and Wales. The charity works with a wide variety of people and organisations, representing shared concerns, views and voices. Together these organisations come together to address issues affecting National Parks and take action to keep these beautiful places safe. www.cnp.org.uk