Britain's best national parks

02 August 2016 ( 10 August 2018 )

If you're feeling the call of the wild this year, get back in touch with good old Mother Nature at one of Britain's best national parks…

Lake District National Park

From enchanting lakes reflecting cloud-speckled skies to wild moors blanketed by vivid purple heather, the natural beauty of the UK has provided endless inspiration to artists, authors and poets over the centuries.

With a variety of spectacular national parks to explore, there's nothing quite like the Great Outdoors here in Britain.

1. The Lake District

The most popular park in the UK boasts blissful panoramas of dramatic hilltops, verdant valleys and, of course, the shimmering lakes that give the district its name.

From a cruise on the waterways to hiking the mountains, the Lake District is chock-full of outdoorsy opportunities you won't soon forget.

Once the day's activities are done, retreat to the romantic elegance of the Lindeth Howe Hotel where you can wine and dine with a picture-perfect view of the mighty Lake Windermere spread out below.

Find out more about the Lindeth Howe Hotel

Peak District National Park

2. The Peak District

Names can be deceiving at the Peak District which is made up of gently undulating hills, magnificent gorges, rugged moorland and picturesque valleys but has hardly a peak in sight.

This is the park of choice for those who enjoy the rambling life, thanks to the selection of interesting stately homes and ancient stone villages that pepper the landscape.

Treat yourself to a stay at the historic Chatsworth House with its award-winning kitchen and antique-furnished rooms.

Find out more about the Cavendish Hotel

Dartmoor National Park

3. Dartmoor

Idyllic Dartmoor is a picturesque land where you half expect hobbits to come tumbling out of the hills.

Cascading streams dash against moss-swaddled boulders whilst wild ponies pick their way over heather-strewn moors.

Take some time to explore the diverse villages and market towns of this region or go one step further, rent a self-catered holiday cottage and live like a local.

Browse all cottage breaks in Dartmoor

Snowdonia National Park

4. Snowdonia

For those who cannot resist a skyline dominated by the silhouettes of formidable peaks, Snowdonia National Park with its nine mountain ranges may well tick all the boxes.

As well as the mighty Snowdon, towering to an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, this part of Wales offers a range of attractions including coastal hikes, heritage railways and wildlife water cruises.

Soak up the scenery at the luxurious Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa, nestled right on the hillsides of the Berwyn Mountain Range.

Find out more about Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa

Cairngorms National Park

5. Cairngorms

Scotland's Cairngorms National Park features five of the six highest summits to be found in the UK as well as an impressive mountain plateau renowned for being the highest landmass in Britain.

A bird-watcher's paradise, this other-worldly landscape of rocky granite and bouncing heather also plays host to a range of fascinating creatures, from wildcats to pine martens.

Marry this rugged setting with a cosy cottage stay, and enjoy a touch of comfort in the heart of the wilderness.

Browse all cottage breaks in Cairngorms

Brecon Beacons National Park

6. The Brecon Beacons

This slice of paradise pie is located in the southeast corner of Wales, where the sparkling River Wye snakes its way along the British border.

Brecon country offers a glorious setting of patchwork fields and flawless countryside as well as a catalogue of activities as diverse as cycling, rambling, fishing and stargazing.

Book a Brecon break with our partners Hoseasons to discover the best of this national park.

Browse all Hoseasons breaks in the Brecon Beacons

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