Great British National Parks
Great Britain is world renowned for its natural parks and areas of natural beauty, which to the casual tourist are a sight to behold.
It is however surprising how many of us living in the United Kingdom have never been to a national park which – given that you are never more than a few hours away from one – is a staggering thought indeed.
These national parks, which are designated because of their striking beauty and also the plethora of wildlife, they are home to – offer the casual tourist and the die-hard enthusiast the opportunity to experience some of Britain’s most beautiful and lavish countryside.
The Brecon BeaconsSituated in mid-Wales and covering an area of 519 miles (1344km2), the Brecon Beacons are among the most breathtaking of all the national parks in the United Kingdom. Complete with its own unique summit – Pen Y Fan – the summit is the oldest red sandstone summit in Britain. One half of the 519 mile national park is 1,000ft above sea level. You can also visit the Dan-yr-Ogof show caves, which contain four lakes, and almost ten miles of cave tunnels.
The Norfolk and Suffolk BroadsThe Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are dotted with places of historical interest including churches, windmills and botanical gardens. As well as having over 200km (125 miles) of tidal waters on which enthusiasts can take their boats without having to stop for locks. There are many different wildlife reserves throughout the Broads and they offer the opportunity to watch bird life from specially constructed ‘hides’ as well as the chance to see some of Britain’s rarest and most beautiful water foul in their natural habitat.
The New ForestSituated in the south west of Hampshire, the New Forest hosts a truly unique range of woodland, mudflats and sprawling boggy mires that make it one of the most truly outstanding areas of natural beauty in the United Kingdom. The New Forest offers the casual tourist or indeed the die hard wild life enthusiast the chance to see ancient oaks, wild flowers and birds of such rarity that it is one of the reasons why the New Forest was given National Park status back in 2005.
The Lake DistrictWith Scafell Pike standing as its highest summit and Wastwater as its deepest stretch of water, the Lake District truly is a magnificent place to visit. Interspersed with villages and communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere, the Lake District offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. Here you will find twelve of Britain’s largest lakes in one district as well as over 3,500km (2174 miles) of public right of way which allow for breathtaking walks or cycle rides through what some have described as the most beautiful place in Britain.
It is also the only place in Britain where you can come to see ‘grey’ sheep; the herd of Herdwick sheep descended from those brought to the district by the Vikings and who are responsible for grazing on the land in harsh weather conditions.
These are just some of the places to visit in Britain.If you are a tourist looking for an exciting and memorable holiday then these are the places to visit – along with the other National Parks in the country – which you can find details of online or at your nearest tourist information centre.
Or you might just be one of the many British families who regularly make their pilgrimages back to the holiday destinations of their youth when holidaying at home was just as much fun as it was abroad.
These national parks and the wild life that flourish in them are a vivid and beautiful remainder of what makes the United Kingdom such a vibrant and exciting place to visit.