National Parks Week: England

Posted on 28/07/2016

We’ve already walked Wales’ National Parks and climbed the Cairngorms in Scotland, and to conclude our celebration of the UK’s National Parks for #NationalParksWeek we’re taking a look at what England’s National Parks have to offer! With plenty to choose from across the width and breadth of the UK, be sure to make a trip to one this summer (even if it’s just for the pub stop off in the Lake District – we won’t judge!)


Greenery

Withypool, Somerset, Exmoor National Park (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 4.2 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine 

After turning the very first corner on this route you’ll spot the home of the famous Exmoor ponies. Keep an eye out for them throughout the whole route, along the River Barle and around the park scenery.

Best for: Pony lovers

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Wormhill – Dale Head, Peak District National Park (£)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.25 Miles
By Walking World

A great simple walk though some of the Dales of the Peak District. Heading up some steep climbs, you’ll get the best view of the hills and you’ll pass through Monk’s Dale, Peter’s Dale and Dale Head. With woodland tracks and plenty of blossoming trees, this is a great summer walk to enjoy the Peak District.

Best for: Traditional walkers

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River

Kettlewell and Lovers’ Lane, Yorkshire Dales National Park (£)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.88 miles
By Walking World

A gentle and relaxing stroll through the peaceful surroundings of Yorkshire Dales National Park and a great way to easily explore all it has to offer. After heading through the Wharf with fields of flowers and lots of birds to spot, you’ll then return along Dales Way.

Best for: Gentle strollers

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Wildfield

Lastingham, North Yorks Moors National Park (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 30.94 miles
By Mountain Biking UK

This bike ride has the feel of being in remote wilderness on some occasions, but the wild-like surroundings give way to the stunning heather moorlands and occasional rocky tracks. Perfect if you want to try a different kind of ride in the UK in the remote part of the North York Moors.

Best for: Wild riders

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Woodfalls to Woodgreen and Hale, New Forest National Park (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.71 miles
By New Forest National Park

Beginning at Woodfalls you walk through pretty woodlands and traditional surroundings with classic thatched cottages and the village green. Then you journey alongside the River Avon with a loop back round to Woodfalls.

Best for: Village folks

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Castle

Midhurst, Woolbeding and Easebourne, South Downs National Park (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 6.98 miles
By South Downs National Park

This route is full of history and interesting facts. Including the medieval Woolbeding Bridge and Cowdray Ruins, there’s plenty to look around and learn from. With fact-filled waypoints throughout this route you won’t miss a thing!

Best for: History buffs

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Windmill

Berney Marshes, Norfolk, The Broads (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 7.67 miles
By BBC Countryfile magazine

A pleasant walk around the Norfolk Marshes with the river in the background and open-skies. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including swans on the river and creatures under the water.

Best for: Marsh trekkers 

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Hills

High Rochester – Ridley Crag Circular, Northumberland National Park (£)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 3.52 miles
By Walking World 

A chance to spot Britain’s most secretive bird, the snipe, on the moorlands off High Rochester. Passing a Roman landmark and heading for an uphill climb to see views of the impressive Cheviot Hills, this route is the perfect day retreat.

Best for: Solitary lovers

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Rock

Brant Fells, Lake District National Park (FREE)
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 1.94 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

This tough route incorporates some of the best panoramic views of the Lake District.  Despite being a difficult climb the views are more than worth it and the route rewards with a spot of lunch in the pub afterwards to warm you up from the snow-layered paths.

Best for: Experienced hikers

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Bellever Tor, Dartmoor National Park (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.52 miles
By Jo Bradford

This route is good for the whole family as tracks are easy for children to walk. Do a loop past Bellever Forest, past Laughter Tor and up Bellever Tor for panoramic views of the moorlands.

Best for: Families

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