National Parks Week 2014

National Parks Week is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the boundaries of the 15 members of the National Parks family. In 2014, it took place from 28 July to 3 August.

The week was highlighted by events in a number of National Parks as well as the annual photography competition. The winner of this year's competition was Daniel Cook, whose picture featuring his niece in the Lake District fit perfectly the 2014 National Parks Week theme of 'Space to Grow' -- a reference to our commitment to the future stewards of the country's diverse landscapes. 

Often, when we think of the future, of those who will look after the National Parks in the decades and centuries ahead, we think of young people. We think of the child catching his or her first fish, perhaps. But there is, too, the grandparent who is teaching that child to fish – who is instilling in him or her a respect and love of the UK's natural beauty. This year's National Parks Week honours everyone looking forward.

So many things to do

The UK's National Parks family encourages you and your family to get out and explore at any time of the year. With so many things happening, though, that can be daunting. So, the first step is to check out the events pages, featuring events and activities for kids, families, and adults of all skill levels.

If you're keen to follow your own path, however, take a little time to check out our Visiting section for ideas on what to do and where to go. To help you along, we've also put together a few lists featuring our Top 15 suggestions for ways to make the most of Britain's breathing spaces:

If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, also check out last year's Top 15 lists. The lists include activities for walkers, photographers, runners and more. And for even more great ideas on what to do, visit the following pages:

Travel sustainably

The UK's National Parks are dedicated to supporting sustainable transportation. We want people to visit but we want, too, to protect those places and things that people are coming to see. To help you keep yor travelling as green (and easy) as possible, check out our car-free guides for each of the National Parks.

Photo competition

For some additional inspiration, check out the entries in the Space to Grow photo competition.

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