Keeping you on the road
Described as ‘Britain’s breathing spaces’, the UK’s National Parks cover 22,658 square kilometres, from the Cairngorms to the South Downs, protecting and promoting the countryside across all corners of the country.
Almost everywhere in Britain is within driving reach of one or more of our National Parks.
There are a total of ten in England, covering almost 10% of the country, including:
There are also three in Wales, covering almost 20% of the land, which include the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia, and two more in Scotland, which take in the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
All National Parks have designated ‘special qualities’, ranging from landscape to rare species, history to geology, and one of the stated aims of the National Parks programme is to promote understanding and enjoyment of these qualities.
Britain’s National Parks contain over 5,000 scheduled ancient monuments (including the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall) and over 500 conservation areas.
Some have huge mountain ranges, like in Snowdonia and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, while others have seemingly endless coastlines, such as the Pembrokeshire Coast, which stretches for over 400km. Some, like Exmoor and the Lake District have lots of both, while others, like the Broads, have virtually none of either, yet are they are every bit as interesting to explore with their calm and picturesque waterways.
Although much of the land in the UK is privately owned by local farmers, National Parks are designed to be visitor friendly and allow you to explore ‘off road’.
Loads of investment means they are designed to make your visit more enjoyable. Most have fascinating visitor centres and clearly way-marked trails and guides to help you make the most of your time there.
What’s more, because National Parks thrive on the income from tourism, they go out of their way to welcome you and help you enjoy all that they have to offer.
Check out the national parks guide to see how many you can explore this summer.