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Our national parks are living, breathing treasure troves. Staggeringly beautiful and wondrously diverse, you can enjoy national parks in England as energetically or lazily as you like. Walk across wild moors, hike towering peaks, or stroll within ancient woodland. Or perhaps horse riding, cycling, rock-climbing or sailing appeal more? Take the family and pitch a tent at a site in English national parks so remote you can star gaze. Seek out a secluded valley for a romantic night in a yurt, warmed by the embers of a wood-burning stove.

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Go otter spotting in Norfolk

Go otter spotting in Norfolk

When it comes to big game spotting in the Broads National Park, there is no prey more sleek, more rare and more exciting than the otter.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

Lakes and waterways
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Dartmoor Zoological Park

Dartmoor Zoological Park

Lions and tigers and meerkats; oh my!

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

National Parks
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Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

With 20 heritage buildings, centuries of history, and 40,000 objects and antiques, this celebrated open-air museum is just the place to get crafty.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Get your bike into gear at Dalby Forest

Get your bike into gear at Dalby Forest

It’s bikes, tracks, skills, tricks and more at Dalby Forest, as 70 miles of cycling trails provide family fun and world-class thrills alike.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Cycling
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Enjoy a romantic escape at Overwater Hall

Enjoy a romantic escape at Overwater Hall

An elegant 18th century country house hotel within the Lake District.

Location: Ireby, Cumbria

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Get an insight into the wonderful world of mushrooms, and find out what you can pick, and what you should avoid.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Forests and woodlands
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Enjoy a family break at the contemporary Guesthouse East

Enjoy a family break at the contemporary Guesthouse East

Enjoy a full-on family holiday in a stylish boutique guest house, close to the national park, complete with self catering suites and babysitter.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Price: From £40 per adult per night room only

National Parks
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Gaze at the night skies at Kielder

Gaze at the night skies at Kielder

Kielder Water & Forest Park brings nature on a grander scale. The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the sports wilder and the smiles wider.

Location: Kielder, Northumberland

National Parks
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Accessible Peak District

Accessible Peak District

You'll be surprise by the wheelchair-friendly trails in the Peak District.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

Free
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Bovey Castle

Bovey Castle

Ingulge in a extravagant getaway to a chic and welcoming castle perfectly positioned in Dartmoor National Park.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

Castles and Historic Properties
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Cool family breaks at the Big Sleep Hotel in Eastbourne

Cool family breaks at the Big Sleep Hotel in Eastbourne

A great value getaway at this celebrity owned, designer, budget hotel on Eastbourne seafront, and within easy reach of the South Downs National Park.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Price: From £69*

National Parks
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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Free
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Enjoy a countryside short break at Cloisters

Enjoy a countryside short break at Cloisters

Cloisters offers a spacious base for family and friends to explore the New Forest.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Price: From £1,300 a week

National Parks
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Poetry of the Lakes

Poetry of the Lakes

Walking the natural phenomena that is the Lake District costs nothing and is arguably the most romantic place in England.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Potholing and Caving

Potholing and Caving

An underground Yorkshire adventure

Location: North Yorkshire

Activities
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Hotel TerraVina in New Forest

Hotel TerraVina in New Forest

Who says getting close to nature has to involve roughing it? Most of Hotel TerraVina's luxurious rooms have outside space and sun-loungers, so you can sit back in style and soak up the gorgeous countryside.

Location: Netley Marsh, Hampshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Go horseriding in the Lake District

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Unique Experiences
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Tavistock Farmers' Market

Tavistock Farmers' Market

Food is serious business in Tavistock: on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, the central Bedford Square jumps into life.

Location: Tavistock, Devon

Low cost
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Walking in the New Forest

Walking in the New Forest

Twist and turn through vibrant gorse, imposing woodland and bubbling streams as you stroll through the Forest’s 143 miles of trails.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Walking and hiking

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