Discover England's National Parks

Discover England's National Parks

Our national parks are living, breathing treasure troves. Staggeringly beautiful and wondrously diverse, you can enjoy these outdoor playgrounds 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 is more appealing? Take the family and pitch a tent at a site in English national parks so remote you can star gaze, or 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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Discover the inspiration for J.M.W. Turner’s painting ‘Ruskin’s View’

Discover the inspiration for J.M.W. Turner’s painting ‘Ruskin’s View’

Tucked away between Cumbria’s iconic Lake District landscapes and the rolling Yorkshire Dales is the ancient market town of Kirkby Lonsdale.

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

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Soak up romantic views of England's longest lake

Soak up romantic views of England's longest lake

With scenery that has inspired poets and artists for generations, Lake Windermere is one of England’s most renowned romantic settings.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Amble in a winter wonderland

Amble in a winter wonderland

Wrap up warm, brave the elements and take a stroll around Derwent Dam in the Upper Derwent Valley, an area renowned for its dramatic scenery.

Location: Bamford, Derbyshire

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Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Head to Coniston in the Lake District for a multitude of dog friendly days out, including long walks, boat rides and lots of cake.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Dales Countryside Museum – tells the story of the Dales

Dales Countryside Museum – tells the story of the Dales

Glaciers that covered the Dales, the Romans, Vikings , Normans, the miners and farmers – all have left their mark on the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

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Roam among the apples at Ampleforth

Roam among the apples at Ampleforth

Ampleforth Abbey, in picturesque Ampleforth village, grows 40 apple varieties in its historic orchards, including some of England's best natives.

Location: Ampleforth, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy an evening of fine dining at The Peacock at Rowsley

Enjoy an evening of fine dining at The Peacock at Rowsley

After a day of fly-fishing on the River Wye, stop by The Peacock for a beautiful fine dining experience.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Seek out inspiring views atop Malham Cove

Seek out inspiring views atop Malham Cove

Follow in the footsteps of centuries of visitors – and more recently, filmmakers – to Malham Cove, a limestone amphitheatre in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Malham, North Yorkshire

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Savour the wilds of the UK’s first national park

Savour the wilds of the UK’s first national park

Relish windswept moors, ancient woodland, towering rock faces and rolling dales in the Peak District National Park.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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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

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Uncover Northumberland’s Neolithic rock art

Uncover Northumberland’s Neolithic rock art

Lace up your hiking boots and discover the mysterious rock art at Northumberland National Park, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Location: Northumberland National Park, Northumberland

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Zoom around the forest in a funky electric Twizy

Zoom around the forest in a funky electric Twizy

Fun and surprisingly nippy, two-seater electric vehicles – Twizys – are an unusual way to enjoy the forest and care for the environment.

Location: Brockenhurst, Hampshire

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Discover Ted Hughes' Dartmoor

Discover Ted Hughes' Dartmoor

Visit the sleepy village of North Tawton, follow the scenic Tarka Trail and soak up the sights and sounds which inspired one of England's greatest poets.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Cycle cities and moors like a Tour de France pro

Cycle cities and moors like a Tour de France pro

From the Grand Depart start line in Leeds cyclists can roll through the quiet winding roads of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Rekindle your romance in the Peak District

Rekindle your romance in the Peak District

Put a spring in your step with a tete-a-tete in a secluded country house hotel, share a walk with heart-stopping views and chill out in a relaxing spa.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

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Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

See world-class art for free at the National Park’s ‘Inspired by… gallery’, a haven for contemporary art in the heart of the North York Moors.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Navigate Dartmoor on foot

Navigate Dartmoor on foot

Covering 368 square miles, Dartmoor is a place of beauty, mystery and diverse ecology.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Feast on a gourmet break in the Peak District

Feast on a gourmet break in the Peak District

Tuck into a delicious culinary experience in Bakewell, home of the world-famous Pudding, and hone your hands-on skills on a specialist cookery course.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

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Enjoy a romantic escape to the Lakes

Enjoy a romantic escape to the Lakes

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

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Saddle up in the Peak District and Derbyshire

Saddle up in the Peak District and Derbyshire

View some of the area’s finest scenery on a two-day trail ride, with exhilarating gallops, quintessentially English villages and cosy pub lunches.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

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