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  • November 1, 2023

Exploring Nature’s Beauty: The Best National Parks in the UK

When it comes to breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and outdoor adventures, the United Kingdom should be the first destination that comes to mind. Tucked away in its verdant corners are some of the most stunning natural wonders that are sure to captivate any nature enthusiast. Allow us to introduce you to the best National Parks in the UK, where rolling hills, rugged coastlines, ancient woodlands, and tranquil lakes converge to create a haven for both locals and tourists alike.


If you’re looking to put together either a bespoke group travel itinerary or FIT itinerary for your nature-loving customers, take a look at our picks of the best national parks in the UK.

1. Lake District National Park: A Serene Haven

The Lake District National Park, located in the northwest of England, is a true testament to the allure of untouched nature. Famous for its crystal-clear lakes, towering mountains, and picturesque villages, this park has inspired poets, writers, and artists for centuries. Apart from checking out the many walking routes consider a tranquil boat cruise of lovely Lake Windermere. It offers a nice change of pace and presents stunning views of mountain scenery, secluded bays, and wooded islands. Whether your customers are avid hikers, or simply like seeking solace amidst stunning scenery, the Lake District offers something for everyone.

The Lake District | Exploring Nature's Beauty: The Best National Parks in the UK

A day in the Lake District is included in our Best of Northern England tour

2. Snowdonia National Park: Wales’ Crown Jewel

Nestled in the heart of Wales, Snowdonia National Park is a playground for adventure seekers. Dominated by the majestic Snowdon Mountain, which can be summited by train or foot, this park offers an array of activities, such as hiking and mountain biking and boost plenty of wildlife. For a change of pace, visit ZipWorld to try out Wales’s longest zip line – soar over Penrhyn Quarry at speeds of up to and over 100 mph, while taking in unbeatable views. The charming villages and ancient castles add a touch of history and culture to the rugged landscape, making Snowdonia a perfect blend of nature and heritage.


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Top tip: Pair a visit to Snowdonia with a wander round Portmeirion – designed by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis it resembles an Italian style village.


A day in Snowdonia is included in our The Best of Wales tour

3. Cairngorms National Park: Scottish Wilderness

In the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park reigns supreme as the UK’s largest national park. Here, vast expanses of moorland, ancient forests, and wild mountains create a landscape that’s teeming with wildlife. If your customers are wildlife enthusiasts, they can keep an eye out for red deer, golden eagles, and elusive wildcats. The park also offers opportunities for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, ensuring year-round excitement for those who dare to explore its untamed beauty.


Caingorms National Park | Exploring Nature's Beauty: The Best National Parks in the UK


Top tip: Discover some of the history of the beautiful Scottish landscape with a stop at the nearby Clava Cairns – a set of exceptionally well-preserved prehistoric tombs.


A visit to the Cairngorms is included in our A Scottish Adventure tour

4. Peak District National Park: Where Nature Meets History

Located in the heart of England, the Peak District National Park is a mosaic of contrasting landscapes. From the craggy peaks and deep valleys to the gentle limestone plateaus, this park is a treasure trove of geological wonders. While walking the trails, one is likely to stumble upon charming villages and historic sites, including the famous Chatsworth House. The Peak District seamlessly weaves together the wonders of nature and the richness of history.


Peak District National Park | Exploring Nature's Beauty: The Best National Parks in the UK


Top tip: You can complement a day in the Peak District with a visit to the market town of Bakewell, famous for its pudding!


A day in the Peak District is included in our Best of Northern England tour

5. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park: Coastal Charm

For those seeking a coastal retreat, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales offers stunning sea cliffs, sandy beaches, and hidden coves that will take your breath away. This park is a haven for birdwatchers and marine life enthusiasts, with its diverse range of habitats supporting seals, dolphins, and a plethora of seabirds. Whether your customers are exploring the coastal path or fancy trying their hand at water sports, or simply unwinding by the sea, Pembrokeshire promises a rejuvenating escape.


Pembrokeshire Coast | Exploring Nature's Beauty: The Best National Parks in the UK


Top tip: While in the area, pay a visit to St David’s – it may be Wales’ smallest city, but its Cathedral and Bishops Palace are world class.


A day at the Pembrokeshire Coast is included in our Best of Wales tour 

6. Northumberland National Park: Dark Skies Delight

If your customers are passionate about stargazing, Northumberland National Park should be at the top of the list. As a designated International Dark Sky Park, it offers some of the best celestial views in the UK. By day, explore the sprawling moorland and ancient archaeological sites, such as Hadrian’s Wall. And by night, marvel at the vastness of the universe as the stars twinkle above in an unpolluted sky.


The United Kingdom’s national parks are a testament to the country’s natural beauty and diversity. From the serene lakes of the Lake District to the rugged landscapes of Snowdonia and Cairngorms, each park has its own unique charm. Whether your customers are thrill-seekers, nature lovers, or history enthusiasts, these national parks offer a chance to connect with the great outdoors in a way that only the UK can provide. If you think any of the national parks mentioned would be an ideal stop on your next bespoke group tour or FIT itinerary, get in touch with our destination experts to start planning: Get in Touch | Contact Tour Partner Group