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#CairngormsNationalPark (16,244 posts)

Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park credit: johnbraid

Nearest cities: Dundee, Perth and Inverness

Officially Britain’s largest national park, Cairngorms boasts Britain’s highest mountain range as well as ancient Caledonian pine forests and crystal clear rivers and lochs. In winter, you can indulge in a host of winter sports, including skiing, and in warmer months, it’s great for hillwalking, climbing, cycling and horse-riding. 

#BreconBeaconsNationalPark (15,043 posts)

Brecon Beacons National Park credit: tirc83

Nearest cities: Newport and Swansea

Brecon Beacons is a Global Geopark with unique geology, and is home to mesmerising hills with sheer drops that seem to be sliced off the side, as well as collection of caves, castles, waterfalls and nature reserves. When you visit, be sure to keep a look out for welsh mountain ponies and red kites that’ll be dotted throughout the countryside. 

#SouthDownsNationalPark (12,019 posts)

Seven Sisters, South Downs National Park credit: chris2766

Nearest cities: Brighton, Portsmouth and Winchester

Here you’ll find the world-famous white cliffs at Seven Sisters as well as a cacophony of rolling hillsides. Punctuated with beautifully quaint villages, ancient woodlands and chalk grasslands, the South Downs are rich in wildflowers and butterflies. Close to the South Coast, and just an hour’s train ride from London, this is a beautiful place to explore either on foot, by bike or by horseback.

#ExmoorNationalPark (8,419 posts)

Valley of the Rocks, Exmoor National Park credit: dpe123

Nearest city: Exeter

Famously known for its beautiful native ponies, Exmoor National Park is one of the greatest places to see bluebells at their best. With ancient woodlands, burial mounds, standing stones, Roman forts and medieval villages, it’s a beautifully historic area with rolling hills and rugged coastlines to explore as well. 

#YorkshireDalesNationalPark (8,034 posts)

Yorkshire Dales National Park credit: simonbradfield

Nearest cities: Leeds and York

AKA God’s own county, the Yorkshire Dales offer a huge variety of valleys, moorland, rivers and waterfalls to enjoy. The famous ‘Three Peaks’: Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent make for incredible explorations and if there was ever a green and pleasant land, this is well and truly it.

#NewForestNationalPark (5,715 posts)

New Forest National Park credit: ProjectB

Nearest city: Southampton

Probably most well-known for the wild New Forest ponies, this stunning national park is an historic hunting forest with some of the oldest trees dating back over 1,000 years. Brilliant for leisurely walks and cycling, the New Forest also boasts a coastline, saltmarsh, lagoons and mudflats to explore.

 



 



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