Secret coves, historic hillforts, ancient forests and tranquil lochs are all waiting to be discovered in the UK's stunning National Parks.
Saturday 6 April marks the start of Discover National Parks Fortnight - a two-week celebration across the UK with events and experiences running throughout the Easter holidays to inspire people of all ages and interests to go outside and explore and learn more about these special places.
The UK's fifteen National Parks are each unique - some have high mountains others meandering wetlands and dramatic coastline. They offer infinite opportunities to explore, learn, relax, unwind, whether its a gentle family walk with little ones exploring every tree and flower along the way, action adventures to tempt teens away from their phones or cultural events exploring the special history of the National Parks.
To find out what events are on in the National Parks go to:
Loch Arklet, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Summer meadow, Yorkshire Dales National Park
This year’s celebration mark the 70th Anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act that paved the way for the establishment of National Parks in the UK. The fifteen National Parks were created to protect and care for special landscapes across the UK, and to do this on behalf of everyone in the country. So the 70th Anniversary is a perfect moment for us to encourage people - whether they live in a National Park or in the middle of a city - to discover the extraordinary variety and inspiring stories of the fifteen National Parks.
About National Parks:
There are 15 National Parks in the UK, spanning the length and breadth of the country. 10 in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland. National Parks protect almost 10 percent of England, 20 percent of Wales and 8 percent of Scotland.
The oldest National Park is the Peak District, founded in 1951 because of its impressive gritstone edges, steep limestone dales, moorland, farmland (which covers about 90% of the park) and caverns famed for rare Blue John stone.
The South Downs is the newest National Park, established in 2010 for its hundreds of square kilometres of woodland, bustling market towns, rolling chalk uplands and river valleys.
The Lake District National Park, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, such as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only National Park to be designated primarily for its coastline, the whole of which can be walked via the 299-kilometre Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
The Broads is the smallest National Park at around 305 square kilometres, with almost 200 kilometres of navigable, tendril-like waterways to explore.
The largest National Park in the UK is the Cairngorms. At 4,528 square kilometres, it’s bigger than the whole of Luxembourg.