Take time to see England’s National Parks
There’s so much to see in England that it’s hard to single out what to focus on the first time you go. But if you are a nature lover, you’ll want to spend time in a few of England’s National Parks. I’ve been in about half of the 14 national parks in England. Here’s a run down for you. To get a glimpse of some of the beauty of these areas, take a look at this photo journal.
- Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands has been voted one of the top twenty places to visit in the world.
- Lake District National Park is in England’s Cumbria region. I’m lucky to have visited the Lakes several times – the views are memorable.
- The Peak District, in central England, is at the south end of the Pennines and offers sweeping vistas of England’s uplands.
- Snowdonia is a rugged landscape in Wales, home for hiking and camping. If you’re headed to Wales while you’re in the United Kingdom, don’t miss this national park. We drove for miles and never saw another soul.
- Dartmoor National Park is in the southwest area of England, in Devon.
- Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is another park in Wales, along the coast, with stunning views in all directions. You could plan a trip that takes in Pembrokeshire as well as Snowdonia. Don’t forget your binoculars, there’s a lot of beauty to see!
- North York Moors National Park has one of the largest areas of heather moorland in England.
- Yorkshire Dales National Park covers most of the dales and is partly in Cumbria, so you can combine a visit here with the Lake District National Park.
- Exmoor is in southwest England and offers views of hilly moorland, as well as the start of the River Exe.
- Northumberland National Park, up on the Scottish border, will give you a look at Hadrian’s Wall. It’s the least populated and least visited national park in England.
- Brecon Beacons National Park is the third national park in Wales. It includes the Black Mountains area of Wales.
- The Broads are a series of navigable lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.
- New Forest National Park, in Southern England, is the largest remaining track of unenclosed pasture land in England.
- The South Downs National Park is England’s newest park, lying in Southern England. A part of it stretches to that coastline.
Planning a trip to England’s National Parks
Because many of these parks will be cold and snowy in the wintertime, your best times to visit will be early summer to early fall. Click To Tweet Summer is definitely more crowded, but more of the shops, restaurants, and hotels are open during those times. You don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy these parks, although there’s plenty of hiking available. You can also arrange for guided tours, or hire a car and drive these areas yourself. We can help you plan and book flights, lodging, tours, and rental cars.
Be sure to pack what you’ll need – good walking shoes, a sweater and a windbreaker type jacket. Be prepared for rain and for sudden changes in weather. Keep in mind that some of these parks are in the higher altitudes of the country.
Book lodging ahead of time. The season is busy, and some of these areas don’t offer a lot of accommodations to choose from. We can help you find availability.
Be sure to visit local pubs wherever you go. You’ll get decent food, lots of beers to try, and information from the locals about what to see and do. If you’re lucky you’ll make friends with a few pub dogs, too.
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