National Parks of Britain
Fifteen locations across England, Wales and Scotland currently hold National Park status for their outlook, history and consequent conservation.
They are all areas of unique beauty and heritage covering mountains, meadows, moorland, woodland, wetland, coastlines, towns and villages but don’t take our word for it. Discover the timeless landscape protected and preserved for all to enjoy.
This guide takes you through the National Parks of England from the wilds of Dartmoor to historic Northumberland, explores the breathtaking shores and mountains of Wales before climbing up to the dramatic Scottish highlands.
Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England: Dartmoor covers a vast expanse of wild and wonderful terrain including wide areas of open moor, ancient woodlands and peat bogs to lofty granite Tors. High Willhays – climbs to a lofty 2040 ft. Dartmoor is one of Englands great "Breathing Spaces", a place to escape to.
Explore the different aspects of Dartmoor on foot, bicycle, from horseback or via canoe on the River Dart and experience the perfect blend of modern luxuries alongside historic scenery, buildings, farmers markets, Neolithic monuments and the largest collection of Bronze Age artefacts in the UK.
Meet the famous Dartmoor ponies who share the moors with otters and wild birds.
To Find a Place to Stay
Visit Dartmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park, North Devon & West Somerset, England: Whilst being one of the smallest National Parks, Exmoor manages to offer every terrain imaginable stretching across Devon and Somerset.
Coastal resorts with beaches on the North coast meet some of the highest cliffs in Engand and on toward a patchwork of fields, heather clad moorland and wooded combes which nose-dive into the sparkling waters of the River Exe and River Barle.
Steeped in history and folklore, the magical wilds of Exmoor are home to the native Exmoor pony and magnificent red deer. The landscape provides endless views, starlit nights, fresh air and great oportunities for fishing, bird watching, walking, mountain biking and horse riding.
Find a Place to Stay
Visit Exmoor National Park
New Forest National Park, Hampshire, Southern England: The New Forest is a true walker’s paradise with over 140,000 acres, which can also be explored by car, on a bicycle or horseback with numerous locations such as Bucklers Hard and Lyndhurst where you can relax, picnic or even take an afternoon nap.
The New Forset terrain covers acres of ancient heath land, woodland and farmland stretching to the mudflats and salt marshes where it meets the Solent.
The New Forest ponies share their paradise with donkeys, cattle and free-range pigs. The New Forest area also has wildlife centres, activity parks, museums, historic buildings and striking gardens. All this on the doorstep of Dorset's vibrant coastal resort of Bournemouth with its tourist attractions, leisure facilities and nightime entertainment, successfully offering a holiday destination suitable for all the family.
To Find a Place to Stay
Visit New Forest National Park