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Find your perfect UK National Park for a summer break

seonaidmcgill
7th July 2022

For wide open spaces and fewer crowds pick a UK national park. Perfect for a day out and a great alternative to busy beaches for longer breaks here’s a rundown of some of the original and best to add to your family holiday plans right now.


7/7 Peak District, Northern England

The Peak District National Park turned 70 recently. It’s the UK’s original national park and still one of the best for walking, climbing, cycling and time-stood-still villages.

Why families love the Peak District

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6/7 Lake District National Park, Cumbria

The Lake District is where you’ll find the highest mountain and largest lake in England. It’s also the park for Beatrix Potter, family sailing, the gingerbread village of Grasmere and more outdoor activity centres than anywhere else in the UK.

Why families love the Lake District

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5/7 Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

One of the liveliest UK national parks, Snowdonia is dotted all over with towns and villages. It’s named after the tallest peak in England and Wales but just as famous for white water rafting, underground adventures and award-winning museums.

Why families love Snowdonia

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4/7 Dartmoor, Devon

The most southerly UK national park also has a reputation for being one of England’s most mysterious and atmospheric. No surprise to find a lot of Steven Spielberg’s War Horse was filmed here. This is the one for tors, wild woodland and free roaming Dartmoor ponies.

Why families love Dartmoor

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3/7 Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire

If your heart’s set on a wildly romantic national park that comes good on ancient history and also has some of England’s best cycling routes and darkest Dark Skies, you want the untamed Yorkshire Dales.

Why families love the Yorkshire Dales

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2/7 Northumberland National Park, Northumberland

Northumberland is the one for sheer escapism. Fewer people live here than in any other UK national park and it’s one of the least well known to visitors. We can’t think of a good reason for that, but if it means more space to explore in peace, that’s no bad thing.

Why families love Northumberland

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1/7 Brecon Beacons, South Wales

Brecon Beacons is the Welsh national park that practically invented show caves. Now it’s almost as well known for stargazing. And if kids are keen on mountain biking this is the place that matches their enthusiasm and then some.

Why families love Brecon Beacons

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