Visiting the UK’s stunning National Parks

A motorhome holiday is a great opportunity to get out into nature and explore further than you would have expected. Even if you have a schedule planned, it is highly likely you’ll discover new and unexpected things to see and do while you travel. Having your accommodation with you means you can stop wherever you choose and stay as long as you like.

The UK is packed with fantastic things to see and do. Nature lovers are particularly well catered for with the 15 National Parks. Each of these is different and will offer unique attractions, whether it is a mountainous park for hikers, wetlands for birdwatchers, protected coasts or beautiful woodland.

If you are planning a long motorhome trip you could even tour each of the Parks in turn. Cairngorms in Granton-on-Spey, Scotland is a really great starting point. The Park has a stunning Caledonian pine forest complete with some of the UK’s best cycling and walking trails. It is also home to amazing wildlife including the Golden Eagle, the rare Scottish Wildcat and Red Squirrels.

From there it is a relatively short trip to reach Loch Lommond and the Trossachs, the first National Park in Scotland. Again there are great walking and cycling trails here thanks to the array of Corbetts and Munros (Scottish peaks and mountains). The Lochs are a major attraction too, giving people the chance to fish and engage in all kinds of watersports.

In the north of England there are four different National Parks to choose from including Northumberland, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Each one has unique attractions and the fact that they are relatively close together means you could enjoy a really great tour of the region. The Lake District is particularly popular and is amongst the most highly visited parks on the list.

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The beautiful Lake District awaits you.

Slightly south of the Yorkshire Dales is the Peak District. The area is famous because in 1951 it became the very first National Park in the UK. The geology of the region is unique with distinct regions of gritstone to the north and limestone to the south. Surprisingly despite the name there are few sharp peaks in the park. Instead there are a multitude of rounded hills that are perfect for walking.

Wales features three National Parks of its own with Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and the Brecon Beacons. The first of these is a major draw because it is home to Snowdon, the highest peak in the British Isles outside of Scotland. The mountain attracts millions of visitors every year because it is great for rock climbing. It was even used in 1953 by Edmund Hillary when he was training ahead of his ascent of Everest.

After Wales’ three parks there are two in the South West of England; Exmoor and Dartmoor. The first of these was once a Royal Forest and was used for hunting but was sold in 1818 and became a National Park in 1954. Dartmoor is famous for its tors and the habitats they create for a diverse array of wildlife.

On the South Coast you’ll find the New Forest and South Downs National Parks. The New Forest is a prime location for wildlife lovers with its famous ponies and herds of livestock. The diverse forests are stunning and provide some incredible walks. The South Downs only became fully operational in 2011 but has quickly become immensely popular.

This leaves the Broads National Park, the smallest site on the list. The park encompasses the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, including the seven rivers and network of lakes. It was renamed in 2015 to recognise the fact that the area already enjoyed comparable status to the other National Parks in the UK. The area is extremely popular with people that enjoy maritime activities.

Whether you plan on visiting a few or all of the sites you are sure to have a fantastic adventure. With motorhome hire you can also ensure you get the right vehicle and can travel in complete comfort.