Packed full of incredible escapes, the new National Parks Experience collection offers something for every outdoor adventurer. From foraging to canoeing, goat herding to wildlife photography, every experience on offer connects you to the natural world. Spend time with your loved ones outdoors and support local businesses too. With over 65 full and half-day experiences to choose from, here’s our list of nine inspirational days out.
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Sail away in the beautiful Broads National Park
Perfect for first-time sailors or seasoned adventurers. Step aboard, learn the ropes, hoist the mainsail and let the wind fill the sails as you explore the River Bure in a classic 100-year-old Norfolk Half Decker yacht under the safe supervision of your instructor. Enjoy the sound of water lapping on the hull as you take in the beautiful scenery, the wildlife, reeds and marshes. Take the helm, the mainsheet and enjoy the thrill of steering as you speed through the water before navigating back to Upton.
Find inner peace in the wilds of Dartmoor National Park
Nourish your soul and awaken your senses. Set off from the historic town of Chagford on the north edge of Dartmoor National Park to a beautiful native woodland. The stunning walk meanders through pretty lanes and up holloways, passing farms and isolated hamlets. Let the daily stresses melt away and feel the connection with nature as you learn about the wild and beautiful landscape where people have lived and worked for thousands of years. Enjoy quiet contemplation in the native woodland and stunning views across Dartmoor National Park.
Discover the secrets of Exmoor National Park’s wild ponies
Marvel at the skills of ‘horse whisperer’ Dawn Westcott as she calls in more than thirty Exmoor ponies from a range of moorland herds. This visit to a working farm next to beautiful Dunkery Commons introduces you to one of Britain’s oldest native pony breeds; Exmoor’s free-roaming ponies. The special safety pen panels mean you get closer to experience the captivating energy of the herd and discover more about the unique characteristics that make these ponies such a highlight of Exmoor National Park.
Uncover secret lake vistas in the Lake District National Park
Spend the morning exploring the family-owned Graythwaite Estate. Take in the stunning ‘Arts and Craft’ style gardens, glorious parkland and woodland forestry. Walk up to the highest point and be rewarded with unrivaled views down Windemere towards spectacular Bowness Bay. Descend past boathouses and idyllic cottages to Grubbins Point, an enchanting location with panoramic views from the water’s edge to the fells. After a picnic on the shore, pick from a paddleboard, kayak or canoe and get out on the water. The 90-minute lesson with an instructor will give you a whole new perspective.
Patrol Hadrian’s Wall with a Northumberland National Park Ranger
Venture into ‘bandit country’ where Romans dared to march as you patrol the northern frontier with a National Park Ranger. Start out from The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre where you’ll pick up an e-mountain bike. You’ll cycle together along the most iconic section of Hadrian’s Wall including an off-road section along an ancient byway with outstanding views. As you explore quiet country lanes and byways you’ll be immersed in tales of how Hadrian’s Wall was made and enjoy a flavour of what life was like.
Spot the rare mountain hare in the Peak District National Park
The Peak District
The highest points in the Peak District National Park are the only places in England where you’ll come face to face with the rare mountain hare. Most people will never see them when out walking, but our guide has a 100% success rate. Starting from the Snake Pass road, between Glossop and Sheffield, you’ll leave the Pennine Way path navigating complex moorland terrain. No zoom lens or binoculars? Don’t worry, the guide will send you a set of digital photos taken on the day to remember this unique day out.
Hone outdoor bushcraft skills in North York Moors National Park
North York Moors
Head into the natural classroom near Guisborough and discover the four priorities of bushcraft. From finding and building shelter from the prevailing elements to creating flames to warm and cook with, to sourcing clean drinking water and exploring seasonal food to forage. You’ll experience cooking campfire-style using traditional methods and classic bushcraft recipes, and learn how to use sharp tools to make simple items out of the resources in the woodland. The best part? Whatever you make you get to take home as a memento.
Catch and cook your lunch in the South Downs National Park
Start the day with a two-hour fly-fishing taster experience at Chalk Springs Trout Fishery, nestled on the edge of the historic market town of Arundel in the South Downs National Park. Then, with fish in hand (don’t worry if you don't catch one yourself as one trout per person is provided) it’s over to Fins & Forks HQ for a hands-on session at the smokehouse kitchen. You’ll prepare and cure your catch for the smoker choosing one of the signature cure flavourings. Then head home and await delivery of your cold smoked trout which is posted to you after the session. Perfect for a follow-up brunch with friends and sharing your story about the one that didn’t get away!
Unveil secrets of the Ice Age in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Set out from the picturesque village of Clapham and explore the dramatic limestone scenery at Ingleborough, one of the famous three peaks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Imagine the now-extinct woolly rhinoceros roaming the landscape as you explore limestone pavements and glacial boulder formations. Go underground into Ingleborough Cave and experience the awe-inspiring kilometre of underground passages with legendary formations including Gaping Gill – the largest pothole in the UK.