Back to Nature: UK’s National Parks

A tour of the UK can take in many sights but don’t forget that there are plenty of beautiful green spaces that are just waiting to be explored. The UK is filled with National Parks and no matter where you are, you are never far away from one.

The UK’s first National Park was the Peak District and this was designated less than 70 years ago. Since then, though, it has been joined by 15 other parks, from Scotland to the South Coast. Don’t make the mistake of believing that all you do in the National Parks is look at the views, either. There are plenty of activities going on here, from exploring underground caverns to geocaching. Take advantage of the ranger-led walks and find out more about the history of the parks and the work that is being done to conserve the landscape.

The Norfolk Broads is the largest protected wetland in the UK and you could spend time on a boat exploring the area, staying overnight on it or you could take a day trip on a yacht charter. Some of the boats are electric-powered, making them much more eco-friendly and these can be rented for a week or more for the whole family.

The North York Moors are another option if you want to spend a little time closer to nature. You can hire bikes to explore the various trails and at the weekends there are buses in place so you can keep up an eco-friendly theme by leaving the car behind.

Over in Wales there is the Breacon Beacons and the Pembrokeshire Coast where you can go mountain biking or just take a leisurely cycle tour of the area. There is a new route in place that allows you to travel between Llandeilo and Abergavenny without the need to go anywhere near a main road.