Get away from it all and stay in one of the UK's National Parks. With a huge range of country holiday cottages from around the UK, Hoseasons offers the very best in UK self-catering. Property pictured is in Snowdonia National Park.
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National Parks, Visitor & Tourism Guide

National Parks
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What is a National Park?
A National Park is an area of beautiful and nationally important land that is highly protected from urban development. These National Parks are some of the most beautiful and wild places in the UK. They attract tens of millions of visitors a year predominantly for outdoor activities.

The Parks cover large land areas in the UK. Around 9% of England's land area, 7% of Scotland's and 20% of Wales's is National Park land (source: National Park website, link provided below).

Hugely popular destinations
The most popular National Parks are those close to many of the UK's major cities in central and northern England. The Peak District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park both attract in the region of ten million visitors a year.

With about one and a half million visitors each, Exmoor National Park, Northumberland National Park and Cairngorms National Park are the least visited of the Parks so if you're looking to escape people then perhaps you should consider these? Northumberland National Park is wonderful and should be visited more.

Some recommendations but explore for yourself
For mountains, try: Snowdonia National Park, Brecon Beacons National Park, Lake District National Park, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and Cairngorms National Park.

For coastline, try: Exmoor National Park, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, North York Moors National Park and the famous coastline of the South Downs National Park.

For moorland, try: Dartmoor National Park, Peak District National Park and North York Moors National Park.

For wetland, try: The Broads National Park.

For heathland, try: New Forest National Park.

For dales, try: Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Try Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Scenic Areas, too
If the UK's National Parks float your boat then we'd recommend exploring its Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Scenic Areas, too. Many of these have landscapes that, in our opinion, compete in terms of beauty with any of the National Parks.

All National Parks
Brecon Beacons, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, New Forest, North York Moors, Northumberland, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs, The Broads, Yorkshire Dales

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