Jul
30
2013

National Parks week

Did you realise that this week is national parks week and that the U.K. is home to 15 National Parks?

All of these parks are free and open to everyone to go and enjoy their unique stunning scenery and walks. If you have never visited a national park in your life or make regular trips each time you visit one you will be amazed by the diversity of wildlife, scenery and views and the sheers scale of some of these national parks.

When I was growing up we used to frequent our local national parks on sunny weekends where we would end up biking, walking letterboxing, kayaking or just picnicking and every time we went would have a fantastic time. Nowadays life is busier and I don’t get to go as frequently as I would like but if you are staying in some of our hotels at the moment or through the summer months I would strongly advise taking a look at some of the local beauty on your doorstep.

When staying at the Golden Lion, Norfolk why not take in Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest waterway and visit the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. With 125 miles of lock free rivers whether motor boating, sailing or canoeing is your thing there is plenty to discover along the way and with a large boat hire industry and plenty of yacht clubs along the way with most offering “have a go” sessions you won’t run out of things to do!

Norfolk Broads National Parks

Norfolk Broads National Park

If you’re staying at the Pitlochry Hydro a visit to the Cairngorms National Park is a must being the largest national park in the UK and boasting the biggest native forest as well as the highest mountain range in Britain this area is naturally a haven for wildlife offering both moorland and farmland as well as clean rivers and loch. Due to the area in warm months it plays host to a mountain bike festivals, and events and in winter months it comes alive with skiers and snow boarders.

The Cairngorms National Parks

The Cairngorms National Park

When in the Imperial Exmouth you have a choice of 2 National Parks a short drive away namely Dartmoor national park or Exmoor national park spanning a total of 635 square miles between them and 24 miles of coastline. Here you can go letterboxing, geo-caching, walking, climbing, horse riding, kayaking, cycling, and abseiling if you’re feeling adventurous or alternatively there are a range of quaint pubs and tea houses to refresh with a pint of local ale or a traditional Devonshire cream tea!

Exmoor National Parks Ponies

Exmoor Ponies

For more choice you could stay at the St George Hotel in Harrogate with 3 National Parks close by, The Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors National Park and the Peak District national park which is one of the most visited national parks in Britain attracting 8.4 million visitors a year. These sites offer a diversity of habitats, from wildflower-rich hay meadows and pastures in the dale bottoms to windswept heather moorland and upland bogs beautiful moorland, ancient woodland and spectacular coast, as well as historic sites with  the North York Moors National Park home to no less than 846 scheduled ancient monuments.

North Yorks Moors National Parks

North Yorks Moors National Park

Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales National Parks

Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

 

These are just a few of Places you could visit however there are plenty more to visit. Do you think we have missed any out or if there are any more that you would have added to the list then please comment below, we would love to hear your thoughts!

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About the Author:

I've been with the company for many years and started off working around different hotels however when I am not working I love spending time with my family taking in the amazing sights of the English Riviera. Living in an Urban Geopark area allows for some amazing sea kayaking around different bays whenever I get chance.

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