10 Awe-Inspiring National Parks In England

Published 2 years ago on 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.

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.

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.

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.

6. Northumberland National Park

Rolling hills that slope up into gentle mountains are the order of England's most tranquil area. With its lack of pollution, it has the largest area of protected night sky in Europe so you can gaze at the milky way from the side of rivers and reservoirs.

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400 square miles, there is much for the intrepid explorer while museums and historical sights abound in the towns and villages.

7. The North York Moors

Taking in the low-lying dales that rise up to the high moors with a coastline on one side, The North York Moors has it all. Fishing villages sporadically occur along the edge of the sea while market towns served by a steam railway plow inland.

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Purple heather meets rolling green forests and fields while cliffs and beaches draw most of the crowds.

8. Peak District National Park

Britain's first National Park is 200 square miles of open access land with 34 miles of trails, great camping locations, and stunning views. Rocky outcrops over limestone dales make it the perfect place to head for rock climbers, and wildlife spotters while the management of the park uses technological strides to help humanity and nature co-exist and is often used as a sustainable model for future developments. 


The moorland hills come covered in heather and are great for cyclists and horseriders to pass through. 

9. South Downs National Park

Predominantly rolling green downs and lush vineyards populated by a few golden hills that have market towns abreast their peaks. Woodland and lowland heaths often have a smattering of country pubs to pop into after a day of ambling part of the 160km South Downs National trail or exploring the historic estates in the region.

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Chalk grasslands are ideal for cycling, and horse riding while wildflowers and butterflies spring up around you.

10. Yorkshire Dales National Park

Rivers and waterfalls run through the rolling dales of Yorkshire that are known for their limestone scenery that is characterized by drystone walls hemming in the rugged farmland and flower-rich hay meadows next to broadleaved woodland.

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Famed for its Wensleydale cheese and three peaks that puncture the sky, the Yorkshire Dales are for the hardy adventurer who can deal with all its ups and downs.


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