As nature puts on an autumnal display alive with colour, there’s no better time to explore the breathtaking landscapes of our stunning National Parks. Here in the UK we have no less than 15 National Parks each boasting their own unique beauty, how fortunate we are that these designated areas have been protected for our enjoyment and that of future generations.
We have selected a few of Britain’s National Parks here to give you a flavour of their stunning landscapes offering amazing walking and cycling opportunities.
Situated just an hour from York, it has picture landscapes of vast open moorland and ancient woodland, magnificent coastline with beautiful beaches and quaint fishing villages…..or take a trip to the visitor centre at Sutton Bank with incredible views over the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray, said to be ‘the finest view in England’.
With its dramatic mountain landscape, striking waterfalls and unique geological heritage, the Brecon Beacons National Park is great for walking and cycling, in addition to climbing, caving and watersports. As a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, with some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, it’s perfect for stargazing enthusiasts too.
From the highest mountain to the deepest lake, the Lake District National Park has it all! Now recognised as a World Heritage Site, the beautiful Lake District has been the inspiration for writers and artists alike. Enjoy walking, cycling, boat trips, sailing and canoeing.
With its historical heritage, the New Forest offers an alluring landscape of ancient woodlands, heathland, rivers and coastline of mudflats and saltmarshes. The New Forest Walking Festival runs from 14 to 29 October, a chance to explore this great park with 80 guided walks led by knowledgeable experts.
For more information about all our National Parks and ideas of great places to stay
For details of upcoming events at all the National Parks