While online bingo is our first love, there is undoubtedly a time and a place to explore the great outdoors. Getting out and about doesn’t just boost physical wellbeing, the clean air and proximity to nature also soothes the soul and nourishes the mind.
Now, we aren’t talking about going for a trot in Richmond Park or a picnic along the Thames here. We’re speaking about the incredible outdoor diversity that we have right on our doorstep that many people in the UK don’t experience. Believe it or not, there are heaps of national parks in the UK that are just waiting to be explored.
So, here are some of the best outdoor places in the UK for you to consider for your next getaway.
Dartmoor is the largest open space in southern England and it offers hundreds of exhilarating options to explore its wildlands. It’s a firm favourite for those who love to be active in the outdoors and there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, then you can tackle the highest tors on foot or explore the steep hills by bike. Then there’s hacking the moors by horseback, kayaking through beautiful landscapes, and even a relaxing day of fishing for those with more sedate hobbies.
If you play slots online and enjoy ancient, mythical themes, then Dartmoor has got a real treat for you! It has 1,208 ancient monuments and is even home to the inspiration for Tolkien’s Ents, which you’ll find in the hauntingly beautiful oak woodlands of Wistman’s Wood.
There are plenty of camping spaces in Dartmoor, so it’s easy to make a weekend of it and enjoy a number of different outdoor activities in one of the UK’s most mesmerising parks.
South Downs National Park doesn’t get nearly as many visitors as places like the Lake District or Snowdonia, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. This beautiful slice of English countryside stretches across Hampshire, East Sussex, and West Sussex. It’s 617,76 square miles in size and received its official National Park title in 2011.
One of the most popular activities in the park is undoubtedly hiking and there are a couple of great trails to choose from, such as:
- Devil’s Dyke
- South Downs Way
- Wander Kingley Vale & The Devil’s Humps
- Butser Hill
There’s a lot more to South Downs than hiking, however, and you can go to a country pub for good grub, go on a guided foraging mission, walk with Alpacas, spend the evening stargazing, marvel at the Seven Sisters in Eastbourne, and much more.
The Pembrokeshire Coast is made up of nearly 260 miles of some of the UK’s most beautiful natural habitat. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path, at 186,4 miles, has been voted among the best hiking routes in the world. With stunning headlands, creeks, bays, estuaries, lakes, lagoons, wooded valleys, coves, and beaches to explore, it is a nature lover’s dream. There are also a number of historically important sites, such as Iron Age Hill, where Henry Tudor landed his forces in 1485. There are also seven National Nature reserves along the way.
The coast is a Marine Nature Reserve and offers some of the best outdoor sports activities in the UK. Riding, surfing, kayaking, bouldering, climbing, cycling, walking, and coasteering are just some of the amazing activities to choose from.
Yorkshire Dales National Park is unlike any other within the UK. It has picturesque valleys, beautiful moorlands and meadows, the cleanest of wild rivers and streams, miles of dry stone walls, and unbelievable limestone formations that make up a kaleidoscope of waterfalls, caves, and caverns.
There are tons of amazing ways to see them all, whether that’s a slow walk, a hike, a bike, or even a trip on a heritage railway. An activity that you simply have to do in Yorkshire Dales, however, is undoubtedly a guided caving expedition. You’ll be taken through a winding maze of beautiful cave formations that will leave you breathless.
At just 45,5 square miles, the Broads is the smallest national park in the country, but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in beauty. This is the perfect place for those who simply love water. There are around 124 miles of free-flowing waterways, 63 lakes, and seven rivers within this small park. Reed beds, beautiful woodlands, and marshland make up most of the park and it is home to roughly a quarter of Britain’s rarest animal and insect species like the Norfolk hawker dragonfly and the swallowtail butterfly.
You can cycle, sail, walk, boat, and kayak around the park to get the best out of the stunning landscape on offer.
If it’s dramatic mountain landscapes that you’re after, then Cairngorms is the perfect park for you. It is the largest national park in the UK and home to the breathtaking Ben Macdui peak. It also contains a third of the UK land space. A quarter of Scotland’s native forest can be found here, and so can many of Britain’s cleanest and wildest fishing rivers.
Birders will be right at home here, with golden eagles, peregrine falcons, and ospreys frequently sighted in the mountain ranges. Reindeer, roe deer, mountain hare, and red squirrels also make their homes on these moorlands and in these woodlands.
There is so much to see and do in this majestic slice of paradise, and it is so big that at times you will feel like you’re completely alone in the natural world.
We could talk about the UK’s beautiful natural landscapes for hours, but you probably have things to do, like play bingo or enter our raffle, so we won’t keep you too much longer. There are so many more amazing outdoor places within the UK and the following places are undoubtedly also worth visiting:
- The Lake District
- Brecon Beacons
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
- New Forest
- North York Moors
- Peak District
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