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Inside The Outdoors

Britain’s National Parks – The Next 5

26.07.2017 | Spring Time

(in no particular order)

6.The Lake District 

The Lake District is one of Britain’s most well-known national parks, is England’s largest national park, and is now a world heritage site. The main areas of interest are Scafell England’s highest mountain, the 16 lakes including England’s largest natural Lake Windermere, and Wainwright’s famous 214 fell walks. There are plenty of opportunities to go sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and rowing, or explore by foot to experience the beautiful mountain scenery and landscape which has inspired many writers and artists.

7.Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs in Scotland contains 22 large lochs, 21 Munros, and 50 rivers and streams, ensuring that there is always a fantastic view across the water wherever you are. It is seen as a place of contrasts from rolling landscapes in the south, to high mountains in the North, along with plenty of forests and woodlands, and it is home to the UK’s largest National Nature reserve The Great Trossachs Forest. There are plenty of activities on offer so it’s impossible to get bored, with a variety of picturesque camping spots and plenty of golfing, horse riding, and climbing opportunities plus much more.

8.The New Forest

The New Forest in Southern England is an historic royal hunting forest with ancient woodlands containing trees that are up to 1000 years old, and heathland. It features 214 scheduled monuments and 621 listed buildings with a long and proud history dating back to William the Conqueror who used the Park to pursue ‘beasts of the chase’. There are also plenty of walking, cycling, and horse riding routes to experience as much of the scenic landscape as possible. The coast offers clues to a varied past including evidence of ship building, smuggling and national defence.

9.Northumberland

The northernmost national park in England is seen as one of England’s most tranquil areas, with soft rolling hills, statuesque mountains, and dark sky perfect for stargazing. This is the best place to experience all that nature has to offer. For history lovers there are excellent museums uncovering many historic mysteries and secrets, and reminders of times and battles gone by with roman ruins such as the Vindolanda Roman Fort and rugged castles like Thrilwall castle. There are also tranquil country gardens with great photo opportunities with Belsay Hall and gardens showcasing some unique exotic plants.

10.The North Yorkshire Moors

The moors offer a beautiful coastline full of traditional fishing villages, cliffs and beaches, as well as masses of beautiful purple heather. There is something for everyone, with the Moors offering art, history, food and views you won’t forget in a hurry. Danby Beacon awards visitors with a 260 degree panorama of the moor, dale and sea, and Castle Howard an 18th century stately home is seen as one of the world’s most beautiful buildings set within breathtaking lakes and fountains. For those looking for an adrenaline rush there are water sports like canoeing, and windsurfing also on offer.

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