Hands up – how many of you have had the luxury of sampling the UK’s national parks? If you have, you’ll know that there are some beautiful locations across the country. It almost feels like a shame that we have to narrow down our list to a top 5, because there are so many great choices! If you’re the type of person that loves to walk and loves the countryside, this is your paradise.
So, without further ado, here are the UK’s top 5 National Parks in our opinion.
Lake District National Park
The Lake District is a haven for people who love the idea of getting outdoors and equipping themselves with a pair of walking boots. It’s also the largest national park in England, measuring at 885 square miles. It plays host to England’s largest mountain in Scafell Pike, and it also hosts the deepest lake in the country. You’re sure to find all sorts of adventures in the Lake District, and you’ll want to come back again and again.
Dartmoor/Exmoor National Park
Alright, we cheated!!! We’re categorising both of these parks together as they’re so close to each other. With just an hour apart, it’s worth visiting the vast open spaces of either Dartmoor or Exmoor. You could even get a self catering cottage in Porlock and experience both of these excellent locations. Besides, why would you only go to one, when the other is right on your doorstep?!
Snowdonia National Park
No matter where you’re reading this from, I’m sure you’ve heard of Snowdon. It’s the highest mountain in England and Wales, and tourists flock to it to try and tackle the challenge. It might be the biggest attraction, but there’s so much else to do around Snowdonia. If you’re a cycling or hiking fan, you’ll be in your element long after you’ve reached the summit of Snowdon. There are waterfalls, too!
Brecon Beacons National Park
We’re off to Wales now, where the Brecon Beacons National Park is the best destination in the country. It’s filled with all sorts of explorative capabilities, whether you’re an amateur or a veteran at hiking. Also, there is some stunning wildlife on display for those who get a kick out of viewing the country’s most impressive birds.
Cairngorms National Park
Scotland is one of those countries that will suit anyone who loves walking. There are so many mountains and trails around that you simply can’t escape them. That’s especially true in Cairngorms National Park, sporting 55 peaks over 900 metres. If you get there in the winter, you can even partake in a variety of winter sports when the snow hits the ground. Around 25% of Britain’s endangered animal species can also be found there, including the elusive red squirrel.
We’ve ended up including six choices on our list, and even that was a hard decision. Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with any national parks in the UK. There are so many great choices, and I count myself lucky to live in this fantastic country. Make the most of it!