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10 Awe-Inspiring National Parks In England

Wanderlust October 26, 2017 By Vincent

The USA is renowned for its vast array of stunning National Parks with amazing natural sights filled with wildlife, but it's not just the states that have amazing National Parks to wander through. The United Kingdom has 15 Initially National Parks through its vibrant and varied isles 10 of which are in England alone and so here, we document those parks and give a glimpse of what they have to offer.

1. The Broads National Park

The largest protected wetlands in England, the broads were formed by peat digging when the exposed channels were then flooded. These attracted a vast array of wildlife and natural wonders and now encompass swathes of woodlands, marshes, and waterways in the East Anglia region of the country where visitors are encouraged to discover the ecological wonders the park has to offer through boating, cycle paths, and walkways.

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Market towns and villages are scattered in amongst the spectacular biodiversity where little England becomes a reality.

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2. Dartmoor National Park

Down on the Southwestern tip of England sits the only national park in the country that allows wild camping and so visitors quite often come face to face with the wildlife which includes the native Dartmoor pony.

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A heather covered moorland filled with ancient ruins of castles and compounds that existed long before the land became protected. With valleys covered with woodland dotted with tiny hamlets, it is rural splendor at its best.

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3. Exmoor National Park

Like Dartmoor, Exmoor has its own ponies alongside wild red deer and other diverse species that fill its woodland, farmland, valleys, and moors. Exposure to the Bristol channel brings in sights of seabirds and excellent fishing opportunities as well as its relative rural nature making star gazing ideal.

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Medieval villages lie next to Roman forts throughout the land and the inland waters that flow out to the sea are great for kayaking or canoeing. 

4. Lake District National Park

As the name would suggest, the Lake District is filled with deep, glacial lakes but these are contrasted by rising fells that tumble down towards them from high ridges that lean into the coastline where the sea creates dunes via the estuaries that run into it.

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The abundance of water means a rich variety of sea-life fed on by birds and other creatures, all of which can be got up close and personal with via rowing, hiking, sailing, and cycling. Long inspiring artists and writers throughout history, the beauty of the region is immense.

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5. New Forest National Park

Shingle, saltmarsh, mudflats, and lagoons are encompassed in this park which is also home to woodland over 1000 years old. Originally set aside as hunting land for William the Conqueror, it is now far more peaceful in amongst the mires and valleys where sheep, cattle, and pigs graze and where the change of scenery from dense woodland to open heathland is as jarringly pretty as it is striking in its variation.

Ancient and ornamental woodland are great for exploring and sighting the wildlife of England.

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