List of Incredible National Parks in the Uk
With more than 35 million visitors a year, the United Kingdom is the 8th largest tourist destination in the world. But the majority usually adheres to the capital, forgetting that so much natural beauty is just beyond its limits. As a proud British citizen, I often remind travelers that my home country has much more to offer than London and Edinburgh. If you are planning to visit the UK, take the time to explore the incredible Ecotourism opportunities offered by our beautiful national parks. Here are some of my personal Favorites.
BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK, WALES
Located in mid-Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park offers just about every type of outdoor activity you can imagine. After you should look at the sky at night: the beacons were the 5th place in the world to receive the status of an international dark sky reserve. You will also find an impressive variety of wild animals there. The most remarkable is the wide variety of birds, including red milans, field larks, woodpeckers and rarer breeds such as the peregrine falcon or perhaps a kingfisher, if you are lucky.
THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK, SCOTLAND
If you choose Scotland when traveling to the UK, you are already a winner, because the whole country is a gold mine for natural beauty. But for a good dose of wilderness, visit the Cairngorms National Park, located halfway between Perth and Inverness. With mountains and lakes, there is no shortage of activities on its 1,700 square miles. In the majestic peaks of the Cairngorms, you can go mountaineering, skiing or snowboarding. Further down, you can take a bike ride on 64 km of off-road trails or go canoeing, sailing, canyoning or white water rafting.
DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK, ENGLAND
At the bottom of the peninsula in southwest England, you will find Dartmoor National Park, which offers a combination of hiking, cycling, camping, canoeing and horse riding. If frolicking in the rain/in the cold doesn’t sound like your idea of a great adventure, Dartmoor is a good option to explore, as it is located in the warmest part of the country. In addition to its outdoor activities, Dartmoor is also an excellent choice for those who want to combine nature and history. Here you will find many archaeological remains from the Bronze Age, including standing stones and Kistvaens, Ancient stone tombs.
THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK, ENGLAND
Otherwise known simply as the Lake District, it is one of the most famous regions in England for its breathtaking landscapes. The lakes are a paradise for avid hikers and cyclists, and the area also attracts hundreds of climbers every year to climb the huge and rugged rocks. There are also an endless number of hiking trails in the Lake District as well as other activities, so a good guide is a must to get the most out of your visit.
SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK, WALES
At an elevation of 3,560 feet, Snowdonia is primarily a hiking or backpacking destination. There are also several well-known bike paths through the park, especially the Mawddach Trail, a comfortable 9-mile trail. For a real adventure, go underground to the caves and underground mines of Snowdonia, especially the Sygun copper mine or the Llechwedd shale caves, where miners worked in Victorian times.