Sunset over the ridges of grassland hills

Brecon Beacons

Mountains and moorland, standing stones and castles, lively waterfalls and unique geology.

Key areas of interest

  • Dramatic mountain landscapes including 886m high Pen Y Fan
  • Walking and cycling for all abilities
  • Welsh mountain ponies and red kites
  • Global Geopark with unique geology
  • International Dark Sky Reserve
  • Less than an hour from Cardiff

Visit the Brecon Beacons National Park website

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Two people mountain biking on a grassy mountain side above a reservoir
Walkers resting on a mountain side overlooking a mountain lake below
A windmill silhouetted against a pink sky and reflected in a river

The Broads

Britain's largest protected wetland was formed by the flooding of old peat diggings and is now home to some of Britain's rarest wildlife.

A canoists on a reed lined river at dawn
Mother and son walking amongst tall reeds and flowers

Key areas of interest

  • A mosaic of landscapes with 7 rivers and over 60 broads, home to over a quarter of our rarest wildlife
  • Great for boating of all kinds
  • Gentle footpaths and cycle routes, fabulous fishing
  • A Roman fort, medieval churches and traditional drainage windmills
  • The River Wensum runs right into the city of Norwich, just 2 hours from London

Visit the Broads National Park website

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A shingle loch beach lined with pine trees with snow topped mountains on the far shore

Cairngorms

Britain's largest National Park containing its highest mountain range and its biggest native forests; spectacularly clean rivers and lochs; moorland and farmland and a stronghold for Britain's wildlife

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Key areas of interest

  • Dramatic mountain landscapes
  • Ancient Caledonian pine forests
  • Home to many of the UK’s unique wildlife
  • Great for hillwalking, climbing and cycling
  • Winter sports including skiing
  • Historic castles, towns, whisky and Highland estates

Visit the Cairngorms National Park website

Children on ponies being led through tall pine trees
Steep mountains covered in deep snow with a group of walkers on the summit
A rocky outcrop on a grassy hill with the sun setting amid wispy clouds

Dartmoor

Heather-covered moorland, rocky granite tors, stone circles and medieval villages, iconic Dartmoor ponies, and vibrant villages with traditional events.

A mountain biking descending a steep stony path
A long row of pre-historic standing stones on grassy moorland
Ponies grazing on grass with a rocky tor on the horizon

Key areas of interest

  • Variety of walking and cycling routes for all abilities
  • Only National Park in England to allow wild camping
  • Internationally important archaeology, including longest stone row in the world
  • Inspirational location for films, books and music
  • Less than an hour from Exeter and Plymouth

Visit Dartmoor National Park website

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Exmoor

Moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, high cliffs that plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy villages offering delicious local produce.

A pony and young foal on high grassy moorland

Key areas of interest

  • Ancient woodlands and swathes of bluebells
  • Wild red deer and Exmoor ponies
  • Burial mounds, standing stones, Roman forts and medieval villages
  • International Dark Sky reserve
  • Less than an hour from Exeter

Visit Exmoor National Park website

Stone bridge over a river, with a cottage on the far riverbank
A child with its parents walking down a street hung with colourful bunting
High mountains with a deep glacial lake in the valley below

Lake District

High fells, deep glacial lakes and thriving rural communities, the Lake District has inspired writers and visitors for centuries.

Wooden rowing boats tied on the shingle shore of a lake
View over a lake nestled between high fells with a town on the near shore
An open-topped boat full of people on a tree lined lake

Key areas of interest

  • Scafell, Englands's highest mountain
  • 16 main lakes and many smaller tarns
  • Boat trips, sailing, canoeing and swimming
  • Wainwright's famous 214 fell walks
  • Less than 2 hours from Manchester

Visit the Lake District National Park website

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Loch Lomond & the Trossachs

With 22 large lochs, 21 Munros and about 50 rivers and streams, you're never far from a fantastic view across water.

White clouds reflected in loch surrounded by rugged mountains

Key areas of interest

  • Dramatic mountain landscapes
  • Great for hillwalking and climbing
  • Boat trips, sailing and canoeing
  • Less than an hour from Glasgow

Visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park website

People sitting on a sun-drenched wooden jetty looking over a loch with mountains on the far shore
A group of walkers on a mountain side with a loch below
A tree amongst open heathland

New Forest

An historic royal hunting forest, where ancient woodlands and open heathland have commoning rights for grazing ponies, cattle and pigs

A mother and two daughters walking in a leafy woodland
Chestnut ponies grazing beside a large oak tree in full leaf
Two cyclists on a wide path beside trees pausing to look at a map

Key areas of interest

  • Ponies, cows and pigs on the open forest
  • Ancient trees, some over 1000 years old
  • A coastline of shingle, saltmarsh, lagoons and mudflats, with a strong maritime heritage
  • Less than an hour from Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury

Visit the New Forest National Park website

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Northumberland

England's most tranquil area with rolling hills, gentle mountains and internationally recognised dark skies.

A lone tree on the horizon in between two hills with a dark stary sky above

Key areas of interest

  • Remote tranquil hills and mountains
  • Northumberland Dark Sky Park, the largest area of protected night sky in Europe
  • Hadrian's Wall Roman remains
  • Wild mountain goats
  • Less than an hour from Newcastle

Visit Northumberland National Park website

Roman building remains
A group of walkers crossing high grassy moorland
View over a steep coastline with the sun setting over the hills

North York Moors

Wide open moors, big skies, amazing swathes of purple heather, and a beautiful coastline with traditional fishing villages, cliffs and beaches.

Cyclists with a view over a green valley below
Fishing boats and harbour cottages under a clear blue sky
A steam train passing by tree lined grassy fields

Key areas of interest

  • Heritage in action, from steam railway to artisan crafts
  • Enticing landscapes with fantastic cycling and walking
  • Peaceful woodlands, ancient trees, tranquil dales
  • Moorland birds, bluebells and native wild daffodils
  • Seaside breaks at Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes
  • Less than an hour from York

Visit the North York Moors National Park website

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Peak District

Britain's first National Park, nestled between the cities of Manchester and Sheffield, is a land of contrasts: dramatic heather moorland hills and rock edges in the north, limestone dales and rivers in the south.

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Key areas of interest

  • Dark Peak: gritstone country. Stanage Edge is a hotspot for rock climbers and wildlife watchers
  • White Peak: limestone country. Discover panoramic views from the trail at Parsley Hay
  • Nearly 200 square miles of open access land for walkers to enjoy
  • 34 miles of family-friendly trails ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders

Visit the Peak District National Park website

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Two people mountain biking on a grassy track with a valley below
A sweeping white sandy bay and turquoise sea

Pembrokeshire Coast

Britain's only fully coastal National Park with 418km of cliffs, beaches, harbours and coves.

Small fishing boats in a harbour with colourful stone buildings in the background
Heather hill in front of a wide u-shaped bay under blue skies
A stone castle with a full moat in front of it

Key areas of interest

  • Long distance walking trail along 300km of coastline
  • Seabirds, seals, dolphins and basking sharks
  • Walking, cycling, horse riding, canoeing and coasteering
  • Prehistoric tombs, Celtic crosses, Iron Age Hill Forts and numerous castles

Visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park website

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Snowdonia

Dominated by the impressive Snowdonia mountain range, discover picturesque villages, steep river gorges and waterfalls and a coastline of fine sandy beaches.

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Key areas of interest

  • Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales
  • Rich and varied landscapes including wooded valleys, peatlands and moorlands
  • Historic castles
  • 23 miles of coastline with sand dune backed beaches
  • The Welsh language, spoken by over half the population
  • Just 2 hours from Manchester

Visit Snowdonia National Park website

A stone barn on the shore of a lake, with mountains on the far shore
A square stone castle with round turrets at each corner, on a hill with mountains on the horizon
A sweeping hillside with green farm fields below

South Downs

Discover the world-famous white cliffs at Seven Sisters, rolling green and gold hills, ancient woodland and lowland heaths or explore ‘picture perfect’ villages, traditional country pubs and flourishing vineyards.

A girl throwing a frisbee with chalk sea cliffs in the background
Windmill at sunset, surrounded by grazing sheep
A family with young children walking along a hilltop path with views over trees and fields for miles below

Key areas of interest

  • Walk, cycle or horse ride the length of the National Park on the 160km South Downs Way national trail
  • Chalk grasslands and woodlands rich in wildflowers and butterflies and dramatic chalk cliff coastline
  • Bustling market towns, hidden villages and historic estates
  • Just over an hour by train from London and a short bus ride from Brighton, Portsmouth, Eastbourne and Winchester
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Visit the South National Park website

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Yorkshire Dales

Rolling green valleys scattered with traditional field barns and drystone walls.

Young children in front of a stone barn with green hills in the distance

Key areas of interest

  • Lush valleys, heather moorland, rivers and waterfalls
  • The home of famous Wendsleydale cheese
  • Yorkshire's Three peaks - Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent
  • Limestone pavement at natural amphitheatre Malham Cove
  • Only an hour from Leeds and York

Visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park website

Cracks in limestone, under a hazy blue sky
A mother and child walking along a path with a gushing waterfall behind them