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The Most Glorious UK National Parks

September 7, 2017
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You will find many UK National Parks that will not only blow you away with their stunning scenery, but also ensure a day packed with fun. You’ll encounter everything from rolling hills to deep valleys, wild marshlands to picturesque walking routes, discovering truly unique landscapes that complement our National Parks.

Just don’t forget the picnic!

Dartmoor National Park, England

Dartmoor National Park is a vast moorland in the county of Devon, in southwest England with rich history and rare wildlife. Rivers, serene forests, incredible rock formations and wild ponies are some of the elements that make this one of the most unique UK National Parks. Dartmoor has miles of footpaths and tracks perfect for a relaxing walk or bike riding. Visitors also have the opportunity to go canoeing and fishing, which are the perfect activities to do on a warm, sunny day.

Peak District, England

The Peak District National Park offers breath-taking views and fantastic opportunities for a great day out such as cycling, walking and wildlife watching. Wander through incredible flower meadows that frame fabulous photo ops. For adrenaline junkies get your blood pumping with a paragliding expedition. As with most UK National Parks there are also many exciting sports to get involved with including sailing, windsurfing, and horse riding.

Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia National Park lies in the northwest region of Wales and is the home of its highest mountain, Snowdon. Here people come to relax and enjoy a large variety of activities in spectacular surroundings. With mountain peaks reaching over 3,000 feet, the views are incredible and perfect for taking pictures. This National Park also has an extensive network of trails, over 100 lakes and craggy peaks like Cader Idris and Tryfan. Activities you can enjoy on a day out in this UK National Park include hiking, bike riding, and boating.

Named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the UK, The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland

Brecon Beacons, Wales

To make the most out of the outdoors, there is no place quite like the Brecon Beacons National Park. With large fields and masses of paths and trails, if you’re looking for exercise or a place to sit back and relax, then you are in the right place. There’s also a brilliant range of organised activities on offer which range from gentle recreational pursuits like photography, to full-on adrenaline sports including paragliding, rafting and abseiling.

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Cairngorms National Park is the largest of the UK National Parks and is located in the Scottish Highlands. Days can be spent exploring everything from castles and distilleries or trying your hand at family attractions including water sports, snow sports, wildlife watching and incredible walking and cycling routes. Cairngorms National Park is also packed full of events all year round to keep you busy. From whisky festivals, golf tournaments, firework displays and many parades, something will always be on to keep you busy.

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the UK, The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. As a result of an ancient volcanic eruption the area is surrounded by 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. These remarkable columns form stepping stones that start from the cliff foot and disappear into the sea – the highest column reaching over 39ft high.

After exploring one of the most remarkable UK National Parks a trip to the award-winning Visitor Centre awaits. Head to the exhibition area where you can hear stories of a landscape steeped in history. To finish off pop by the café for some delicious, traditional tea and cakes, or take a trip to the retail zone where you can pick up some locally-sourced souvenirs to commemorate your trip.

Jack O'RiordanView all posts

Jack is the editor of The Leisure Lounge. Expert in the art of writing things and putting them online. Loves travelling, especially anywhere in southeast Asia. Hates mushrooms.