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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, beaches, 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. Inchcailloch Island Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland shutterstock_158495573 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 shutterstock_266150879 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 shutterstock_111897158 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.
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