The UK’s best national parks

The UK is home to some of the most beautiful scenery, and the best of it is protected by the National Parks organization. If you’re thinking about booking a break, choosing somewhere near a National Park is a great idea. Here are some of the UK’s best:

 

For wildlife: New Forest

The New Forest is famous for its wild ponies, and even the shortest of trips through the area is likely to put you face to face with some native animals. Children love the fern-filled woods, and all the interesting creatures that live in them. You can follow free-roaming pigs and cows on your walks, as well as visit the New Forest Reptile Centre which hosts special family-oriented “Wild Wednesdays”, featuring tonnes of fun activities for everyone. Stay in our Stoney Cross Lyndhurst hotel to begin many New Forest walks right from the doorstep.

 

For coastline: Pembrokeshire Coast

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has some of the most beautiful seaside scenery in the whole of the UK. Instead of heading to the busier beaches of south west England, why not head to westerly Wales for sun, sea and sand? There are endless things to do and see, from cliff-top walks to ruined castles or even island-hopping. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy whale, dolphin and porpoise spotting. Book a room in our Pembroke Dock hotel to be in the middle of the National Park area.

 

For activities: Caingorms

The Caingorms are Britain’s highest mountain range. As well as being home to some impressive wildlife and wonderfully rugged scenery, it is also heaven-on-earth for outdoor-activity enthusiasts. This is prime mountain biking territory, as well as being excellent for white-water rafting, canoeing, canyoning, and sailing. If you’re into horse riding, there are some great treks, but if you’d rather be on your feet, the hiking territory is unparalleled. Our Inverness Fairways hotel is a short drive from the edge of The Caingorms National Park, so it makes a great base for an action-packed holiday.

 

For views: Peak District

The Peak District was the UK’s first National Park and is now Europe’s most popular. If there’s one area to find that quintessential, British countryside view, it’s got to be in the Peak District, with its rolling hills, valleys, gorges, lakes and moorland. Peppered with beautiful little towns, this is the National Park to go to if you want to see age-old views as well as learn about the history that has played out around them. Visit Buxton to see the spring, and the source of much of the UK’s bottled water, or visit Bakewell to sample their famous Bakewell tarts. Stay in our Ashbourne hotel to be just a mile from the edge of the National Park.

 

For family holidays: Broads

The Broads is unlike any other part of the UK, as it’s one of the largest and most varied inland waterways. With over 200 km of tidal rivers, this is perfect boating territory. The kids will love getting out and around with a paddle or a sail. The unique wetlands area is packed full of interesting and rare wildlife, so there’s no better place to go pond-dipping and to learn about the local fauna than here. Toad Hole Cottage Museum in Ludham makes a wonderful afternoon visit and a great place to learn all about how the Victorians in the area used to live. Our Great Yarmouth Acle hotel is just 3 miles from the Broads, so why not book a room for you and the family for the perfect long weekend away?

 

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