Travelling to National Parks in the UK
Small weekend breaks are becoming more popular in the UK, as heading somewhere out of your own city can be eye-opening. Sometimes the best bet is to head into the beautiful countryside so you can really have that quality time that you deserve. Fortunately, the UK has some of the best National Parks in the world; with picturesque scenery, wild expanses and untouched beauty – our National Parks are the perfect place for a weekend away.
Student bus pass service, Stagecoach, have listed some of the best National Parks in the UK which you must make time to see:
National Park: Dartmoor
If you want to spend the night and relive your scout/brownie days, why not pitch up your own tent? This is the only National Park in the England that lets you do this. Remember to just pick somewhere with a magnificent view.
Dartmoor National Park is a known location in the world of literature,as The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was based here.After walking the moors, you’ll no doubt be in need of some well-earned food and rest, there are plenty of villages that surround the landscape that serve excellent cream teas.
If you’re missing the sounds of the city, why not head to London as you’re not too far away? However, what could be better than escaping the city with the kids for a weekend of camping adventures?
National Park: Lake District
Head to the Lake District and you can tell all of your family and friends that you’ve seen Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
There is an unbelievable amount of lakes too –16 in total.With sailing, canoeing, fishing and swimming all to pursue, it’s time for you to take a dip in the water — hopefully it’s not too chilly!
Not everything in the Lake District revolves around lakes though, as there are plenty of cycle routes for you to follow. From country lanes to cycleways and bridleways, there’s a route that will suit all ages and experiences. Or for the more adventurous, try the Whinlatter and Grizedale Forestroutes for some off-road excitement.
National Park: Broads
Heading to this park will give you some of the most perfect views in the country. Remember that Whitlingham Country Park is Norwich’s access to the Broads, and it’s here where you can explore ancient woodlands with a path that is also wheelchair accessible around Whitlingham Great Broad.
The Ra boat could be a worthwhile trip, due to it being Britain’s first solar-powered passenger boat! Don’t forget to take you camera when you’re on board as the Broads hosts a range of wildlife in the UK — see which animals you can spot!
In this park, they have an outdoor education centre too. Your kids will never get bored on this trip then, as they can participate in activities such as archery and windsurfing! Or, if you’d like to take the trip across the Broads yourself, there are canoes you can hire to explore the winding waters.
National Park: Cairngorms National Park
If you thought the Lake District was big, well this National Park is double the size. At 4,528 sq km, it’s even bigger than Luxembourg! The park is 47% wild land too, offering your children a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with nature and explore environments that may not be familiar to them.