Readers’ favourite UK national parks: ‘Rain, sun or snow, there’s beauty everywhere’

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Take nan autobus done Borrowdale, Lake District

We emotion to sojourn nan bluish Lake District. You tin bask nan buzz of friends Keswick, afloat of awesome cafes, independent shops, beautiful parks and awesome views successful each direction. Travel connected nan open-topped bus from Keswick to Seatoller and return successful nan beauty of Derwentwater and Borrowdale, passing done nan “loveliest quadrate mile successful Lakeland” according to Alfred Wainwright. For existent bid and quiet, research nan bluish fells: walk from Mungrisdale to Bannerdale Crags and Blencathra while admiring those brave capable to return connected Sharp Edge. Later, beryllium by nan watercourse and bask a java successful beautiful Caldbeck village.

The gift of solitude successful Northumberland

The Northumberland nationalist parkland offers folklore, wildlife and wide unfastened spaces
The Northumberland nationalist parkland offers folklore, wildlife and wide unfastened spaces. Photograph: Anita Nicholson/Alamy

Northumberland nationalist park is simply a gift for solitude seekers. Here, pipits, peewits (lapwings), and curlews are your patient companions. History lies beneath your feet arsenic you guidelines connected nan acme of Yeavering Bell overlooking Ad Gefrin, nan medieval tribunal of kings that’s now location to chaotic goats. Venture extracurricular nan parkland bounds to its namesake, nan awesome Saxon museum-cum-whiskey distillery, and immerse yourself successful history pinch a dram. Discover Rothbury, a small marketplace municipality connected nan banks of nan River Coquet, aliases caput upstream to stock successful nan folklore of nan Drake Stone. Every measurement present is simply a treasure. Just don’t hide your wellies.
Laura B

A scramble up a quieter upland successful Eryri

A jagged highest successful northbound Wales called Tryfan
Tryfan is 1 of northbound Wales’ astir melodramatic peaks. Photograph: Andrew Ray/Alamy

Eryri nationalist park (Snowdonia) has a typical spot successful my heart. Rain, sun, aliases snow, location is beauty everywhere. Yes, location is nan large one, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) that everyone wants to conquer but location are different less-visited mountains, nan prime of which is Tryfan. You won’t find a cafe, signpost aliases train astatine this 917-metre peak; conscionable a scramble up a “path” of your choosing. There’s an unthinkable position and, if you’re emotion brave, a jump betwixt nan 2 rocks of Adam and Eve (Sion a Siân) astatine nan summit.


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Tackle nan Cairngorms connected 2 wheels

Moorland and pasture connected nan Glenlivet Estate.
Moorland and pasture connected nan Glenlivet Estate. Photograph: Martin Gibb/Alamy

Cycling is 1 of nan champion ways to research nan Cairngorms nationalist park. All types of cycling tin beryllium recovered here. There are family-friendly routes, stunning rides connected quiet roads, superb upland motorcycle trails and immoderate of nan champion upland motorcycle centres successful Scotland. One of them is Bike Glenlivet connected nan Glenlivet Estate, which has flowing single-track trails for each ages and abilities, amid spectacular scenery. The trails are free to use, and way bikes arsenic good arsenic ebikes tin beryllium hired. There is simply a beautiful cafe too.
Peter Diender

A quiet area of nan New Forest

A achromatic equine nibbles writer successful nan New Forest astatine Rockford Common
You whitethorn find yourself successful nan institution of ponies astatine Rockford Common. Photograph: snappysteve/Alamy

Ignore nan hotspots of Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst and caput for a quiet area of nan New Forest. Take 1 of myriad paths among nan ponies connected Rockford Common, conscionable extracurricular Ringwood. Within a mates of minutes of leaving nan car parkland you will beryllium connected your ain and capable to rotation for hours while enjoying nan smell of nan gorse and nan wide unfastened views crossed nan common. Each play brings different delights: watching nan wood burst into life successful May, lazy picnics successful nan sun, astonishing autumnal colours aliases playing successful a concealed wintertime wonderland.
Tracy Jordan

The Yorkshire Dales and their beautiful neighbours

Ingleborough, a salient elevation successful nan Yorkshire Dales.
Ingleborough, a salient elevation successful nan Yorkshire Dales. Photograph: James Elkington/Alamy

Yorkshire Dales nationalist park is bully capable successful itself but is enhanced by being wrapped by nan Forest of Bowland, Nidderdale and North Pennine earthy landscapes. You’ll find vastly much acres and wildflowers per personification – and possibly section group will person much clip for you. You’re invited to travel on if you tread lightly. You could commencement astatine nan Dales villages of Clapham aliases Austwick adjacent nan ample hill, Ingleborough, and Gaping Gill cave, past simply transverse nan A65 to participate nan Forest of Bowland and sojourn places mostly unknown.
Martin Charlesworth

Pembrokeshire evening perfection

Barafundle Bay.
Barafundle Bay. Photograph: Drew Buckley/Alamy

When visiting nan Pembrokeshire nationalist park beryllium judge to see a sojourn to Stackpole pinch its beautiful coast, wooded valleys, lily ponds and stepping trails. Then task down to nan awesome formation astatine Barafundle Bay. We emotion to sojourn nan formation present connected a lukewarm summertime evening pinch a picnic.

The bunnies of Butser Hill successful Hampshire’s South Downs

View from Butser Hill quality reserve.
View from Butser Hill quality reserve. Photograph: Katharina Brandt/Alamy

When I was a child, conscionable aft nan book Watership Down was published, I was taken to Butser Hill – astatine 270 metres nan highest constituent connected nan chalk ridge of nan South Downs nationalist park. It was adjacent to sunset and we sat munching connected sandwiches, waiting and whispering as, wrong a reasonably short play of time, nan elevation gradually became covered successful rabbits. Here I americium a small complete half a period later still enchanted by 1 of nan astir magical and fondly remembered evenings of my life.

Wildlife while drifting connected nan Norfolk Broads

A Norfolk wherry yacht connected Wroxham Broad.
A Norfolk wherry yacht connected Wroxham Broad. Photograph: Steven Bramall/Alamy

The Norfolk Broads has superb wildlife among its marshes and reeds but is besides a awesome spot wherever visitors of each ages tin person nosy successful nan water. While toddlers paddle successful Wroxham Broad, parents tin bask nan show of sailing races and teenagers tin get progressive pinch rowing and oversea scout activities connected Oulton Broad. Then there’s nan action of sitting successful a dinghy each time pinch a picnic. It’s a spot wherever you tin prosecute a vessel and extremity astatine a nosy pub each lunchtime aft enjoying nan birdlife and nan fluttering of swallowtail butterflies. I emotion doing each these things.
David Innes-Wilkin

Lud’s Church successful nan Peak District.
Lud’s Church successful nan Peak District. Photograph: Ed Rhodes/Alamy

My favourite locomotion successful nan Peak District nationalist parkland features 2 awesome sites: Lud’s Church and nan Roaches. The way offers a captivating blend of earthy beauty and humanities intrigue. Lud’s Church is simply a deep, moss-covered chasm, rich | successful legends and a tranquil flight into nature. Nearby, nan Roaches are melodramatic gritstone ridge landscapes pinch stunning panoramic views. Hikers and climbers are drawn to nan challenging terrain. The area’s unsocial geological features and lush greenery make it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers.

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