Exciting news for everyone who loves open skies and tranquil nature! This week UK is celebrating National Parks Week which is a great chance to break away from the hustle and bustle of work and spend some time exploring.
Secluded trails, old forests, remains of the ancient fortresses and castles – this is your chance to embark on a journey across Britain’s most magical places with ViewRanger. All national park maps are available as a part of 7-day free trial in ViewRanger - join now and start your exciting adventure!
Here’s our pick of top five national parks in Britain.
Located in the north-western part of England, Lake District is the country’s largest national park. It is home to 16 lakes and 53 smaller ponds. The park’s ecosystem is also known for its magnificent mountain and forest scenery perfect for hiking.
Not to mention 6,000 archaeological sites and monuments, including a 5000-year-old stone circle, Roman roads and classic manors that pepper the park landscape.
Spread across six counties, Peak District is a spectacular natural reserve. It’s divided into two parts: Dark Peak in the north and White Peak in the south. The Dark Peak is predominantly peat bogs and heathland while White Peak is mostly arable land and pastures with spots of valleys and relic forests.
Other sightseeing spots include ancient stone circles, Roman fortresses and medieval churches.
The North York Moors National Park occupies a vast territory with endless heathland, deep valleys and dense forests. Its landscape is dotted with picturesque villages and ancient architecture such as the picturesque ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. This is one of the most magnificent parts of Yorkshire, perfect for relaxing and walking.
Traffic-free trails in this national park are popular with cyclists and horse riders.
Brecon Beacons National Park is a marvelous natural reserve spread across the mountainous hillside in Wales. Most of its territory is covered with grassy swamps and pastureland for the Welsh mountain ponies.
Brecon Beacons is also famous for its beautiful waterfalls – Henrhyd, Ystradfellte and Ogof Ffynnon Ddu.
The picturesque natural reserve welcomes about eight million people every year. The park has its own museum, the Dales Countryside Museum, located in the building of the railway station in the town of Hawes.
The park’s major attractions include the village and the waterfall of Aysgarth, Malham, Grassington, Bolton Castle, Hardraw Force waterfall, Kisdon Force waterfall, Ribblehead Viaduct and many others.