Best British National Parks for a Walking Holiday

Posted by on May 27, 2016

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Britain’s National Parks provide some of the best walking holidays in the country. For one thing, they generally have well developed footpath network with great way marking. Visitors are provided with above-average infrastructure, scenic views and challenging routes. So, if you enjoy taking long walks, check out these wonderful walking destinations in the UK:

Brecon Beacons, South Wales

The Brecon Beacons National Park covers a wide area with a diversity of terrain that provides walkers a varied range of landscapes and scenery to enjoy – from mountain moorland to quaint villages nestling in valley pastures. The most interesting route for walkers are concentrated on the high ground within the park consisting mostly of high, open country with smooth grassy slopes.

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New Forest, South East England

This national park is best to explore by walking, cycling or horse riding. It actually has about 143 miles of gravel track for walking and cycling.  It boasts of diverse flora and fauna and was actually the hunting ground of William the Conqueror more than 900 years ago. Along your way, you will encounter deer, ponies and cattle grazing on the verdant grasses. The park features ancient woodland, heathland, bogs and ponds, and a stunning view of the countryside.

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Cairngorm, Scotland

The Caingorm National Park is the largest in the UK with a mountain range in its center and communities surrounding it. It is home to some of the rarest bird, animal, and plant species in the country, and features the remnants of the original Caledonian pine forest. It provides hill walkers with view of Scotland’s five highest peaks and the breathtaking arctic mountain landscape, which provides shelter for a wide range of wildlife.

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South Downs, England

The South Downs National Park provides an excellent environment for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and horse riding. The area has a rich and diverse natural habitat including flower-studded grassland, flood meadow ancient woodland, and heathland. And unlike other national parks where the wilderness is protected against human activities, most of South Downs’ landscape is farmed. People live and work within its boundaries, helping in the shaping and development of the countryside.

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Photos by: Angel GanevRobert LinsdellBarney MossDom Pates

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