Blend with Nature at UK National Parks- A Guide

UK has 15 National Parks that offer the country’s most scenic and rich landscapes. Tourists and residents of UK who wish to explore these parks can easily find London budget hotels to stay when they are targeting the parks in or around London. While exploring, they can enjoy extensive heather moorlands, winding coastlines, serene waterways and stunning mountains. The National Parks also offer accessible activities such as walking, cycling on adapted bikes, cruising on solar powered boats, mountaineering, hang gliding and paragliding. More than 126 million visitor days are spent in UK’s National Parks, which are also home to 300,000 residents. The parks are described below along with accessible activities.

Brecon Beacons

There is a 3km long reservoir surrounded by steep hills, forestry and farmland. Reservoir and forest walking is the main activity as there is a road crossing the 380 metre dam to forestry walks on the far side. The forestry tracks near the reservoir are mostly level but they get steeper further up the hill.

Pembrokeshire Coast

The main activity is Amroth-Colby Lodge easy walk of 1.7 miles along a path from the car park along the coast through a wooded valley. It is mostly on wide tracks but there are slopes up and down.

Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri – Snowdonia in Wales

The main activity is the Mawdadach Trail which stretches for nine miles between Dolgellau and Barmouth and can be joined at several places. It is located in the south of Snowdonia National Park and is reputed to be one of the best trails in Britain offering an exciting experience of Snowdonia’s splendour, beautiful scenery and exciting wildlife.

Broads

The main activity is Barton Broad Boardwalk and Ra Boat Trip leading through swampy, wildlife-filled carr woodland and emerging to give a panoramic view over Barton Broad. The solar boat Ra will take you on a guided tour of Barton. Barton Broad is a great place for wildlife on land or water, with a chance to see an otter or hear or even see a bittern. The kingfisher and marsh harrier can also be seen and there is an abundance of wild flowers and dragonflies.

Dartmoor

The main activity is an easy going Dartmoor Mini Bus Tour which is offered from 4 locations around the park. It is ideal for elderly and disabled people as vehicles are fully accessible and equipped to carry wheelchairs.

Exmoor National Park

The main activity is sailing in Wimbleball Lake Country Park, Nr Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9NU and it provides the opportunity for people with a range of abilities to sail on 374 acre Wimbleball Lake.

Lake District

The main activity is walking on a short route of 1.5 km around the beautiful grounds of Brockhole on the shores of Windermere suitable for beautiful grounds of Brockhole on the shores of Windermere. It is part of a series of 39 routes.

New Forest

The main activity is Blackwater Arboretum trail 0.9km from Blackwater car park on the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. It is a circular walk and the sensory trail passes by a beautiful collection of trees and at certain points you get tempted to touch, smell and listen to the sounds of certain trees.

Northumberland

The main activity is visiting the once brewed National Park Centre at Hadrian’s Wall.  This National Park Centre is located in the middle of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, and is an ideal place for exploring the southern end of the National Park.

North York Moors

The main activity is a level access trail through Forge Valley Woods that takes you on a 2.7km route following the River Derwent through one of the finest woodlands of the North York Moors.

Peak District

The main activity is Upper Derwent Valley Trail that starts from Fairholmes car park, Derwent, Bamford, and Hope Valley. It is an 18-mile circuit around the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden reservoirs. It can be done in part or as a whole. It is part of 64 miles of trails accessible to disabled people and parents with buggies across the National Park.

Yorkshire Dales

The main activity is the Green Trail, Bolton Abbey which is 1 km in length. Most of the route is flat with some areas having a gradient up to 1:10. The trail starts from the Cavendish Pavilion (café) heading north and returning by the same route

South Downs

The main activity is an easy access trail that starts opposite the Beachy Head car park. It is a circular ‘easy access’ route up to a viewpoint on the Head. The route is suitable for people with impaired mobility, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and push chairs.

Cairngorms

The main activity is Lochside Trail at the Glenmore Forest Park. It is an easy 1.1mile trail designed to accommodate all abilities, following the edge of Loch Morlich with spectacular views towards the Cairngorm mountains.

Loch Lomond

The main activity is a visit to Loch Katrine in a scenic setting, surrounded by natural woodlands and mountains. The roadway along the northern shore of Loch Katrine is mainly flat and accessible by wheelchairs.

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