England, despite its relatively small size, has 10 National Parks, yes that’s right 10! Where land space is limited, the desire to preserve our natural, and open spaces is strong, and support for the National Parks is growing.
So, where are these 10 natural escapes, where you can swim, run, walk, climb and camp?
The National Parks are the Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, the North York Moors, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and the South Down’s.
The Broads is home to a quarter of our rarest wildlife, a bird watcher, and nature lovers paradise. Visitors to the Broads have 125 miles of waterways, ample footpaths and plentiful cycle routes. All of this, only 2 hours from London. Perfect for a tranquil city escape.
Don’t worry, there isn’t a beast on Dartmoor, but there are wild ponies, options for wild camping, which is banned elsewhere, important archaeology, and only an hour from Exeter and Plymouth.
Exmoor treats its visitors to a truly unique experience of ancient woodland, deep valleys, and as you would reasonably expect, farmland, shaped by thousands of years of natural, and human geography. Enjoy cozy tea rooms, extraordinary local produce and rare wildlife, such as the wild red deer, and the designated dark skies.
North York Moors