Take a walk in National Parks Week 2015
Did you know that this month sees an annual celebration of the UK’s national parks? The week, from July 27 to August 2, showcases all the things that are unique and wonderful about Britain's many national parks.
This year, the theme for National Parks Week is Landscapes of Plenty. The aim is to highlight that these parks are more than just places to walk, cycle and play outdoors, but that they also provide some of Britain’s best food and drink produce. In tandem, Scotland – through the tourism organisation VisitScotland – is celebrating a Year of Food and Drink 2015
More wonders of the National Parks
Through National Parks Week 2015 you could discover the best food festivals
, farmers’ markets
, family picnic spots
and hidden picnic spots
There are also lots of events in each park. Click on the links to find out more:
7 great places to walk in the national parks
Of course, the national parks are also about getting outdoors on foot. Here we reveal seven great walks.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
Take the waterbus from Balmaha to an island known as the “jewel in Loch Lomond’s crown”. You’ll discover history, legend and unspoilt nature on the island. Take one of two paths – the low path, which is a gentle woodland walk or the summit path, a steeper climb.
See Inchcailloch Island walks
. You could visit the island on the long-distance West Highland Way walking holiday
with Macs Adventure.
Postbridge circular walk
Dartmoor National Park, England
The Postbridge walk is a six-mile circular walk from Postbridge Information Centre and includes fabulous views from Hartland Tor, historical remains of Dartmoor's industrial past and a beautiful waterfall. The walk is available with an audio guide
Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay
North York Moors National Park, England
Enjoy the national park in a nutshell on an 11-mile walk through some of the North York Moors’ most characteristic landscapes. From Ravenscar the route heads across Howdale Moor for some classic moorland scenery before dropping down to the old Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line and along to the ancient smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay. See Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay
and also the Cleveland Way Walking Holiday
Combe Martin and the Hangmans
Exmoor National Park, England
The five-mile walk starts in the village of Combe Martin, which is famed for its rocks, minerals and remains of the mining industry. The hill and valley walk
also offers widespread views from the headland at Great Hangman, which is claimed as Britain’s highest sea cliff.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales
You don’t have to do the entire 186-mile long Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail
to get a flavour of the breath-taking coastal scenery, but you could if you booked a walking holiday
Stanage Edge from Hathersage walk
Peak District National Park, England
A nine-mile walk from the village of Hathersage via Stanage Edge and back reveals superb views of the Derwent and Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.
South Downs Way
South Downs National Park, England
The South Downs Way is a 100-mile national trail
from Winchester in the west to Beachy Head at Eastbourne and offers views of some of the finest landscapes in Britain. You could book a walking holiday
and complete the entire South Downs Way.