BRITAIN'S TOP 5 NATIONAL PARKS
The United Kingdom has 15 national parks (10 in England, 3 in Wales and 2 in Scotland), but which is the best one? Our criteria for selection, it must be wild, beautiful and have its own distinct personality which feels like a national park.
1. THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK, SCOTLAND
The Cairngorms is a place of fairytales. High mountains, ruined castles, remote moorlands, deep Lochs and a fantastic variety of wildlife. It's a special place in good weather and a worthy winner of the number one spot.
Best For: Wilderness
2. SNOWDONIA, WALES
Snowdonia is defined by its super array of mountains, 15 of which sit over 3000ft. It makes for some excellent hill walking, we would direct folk to Crib Goch or Tryfan. Not particularly pleasant in bad weather.
Best For: Mountains
3. LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS, SCOTLAND
The Trossachs, although less grand and remote than the Cairngorms centers around the massive Loch Lomond, with forests, hills, flowing rivers and Lochs. You can also get there in one hour 30 minutes from Glasgow which makes it one of the most accessible parks.
Best For: Accessibility
4. THE BROADS, ENGLAND
The Broads is a network of waterways and lakes which should only be explored by boat. Look out for the big skies of East Anglia and the abundance of nature. A good place for a family adventure.
5. NORTHUMBERLAND, ENGLAND
Northumberland is relatively unknown, and one of Britain's least busy national parks. Stretching your legs along Hadrian's wall is splendid and a lot of up and downs. On a clear night, its a good place for stargazing at the milky way.
Best For: Historic Landscapes & Stargazing