In July 2017, the Lake District became one of the latest places to become a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, joining the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon in the hall of international acclaim. Totally well deserved in our view, and this wonderful area has been the centre of many Ramblers Walking Holidays for years. In fact, we even have our own country retreat, Hassness House, right in the heart of the Lakes on the edge of Buttermere, and it’s the welcoming base for many of our holidays such as Navigation & Hill Skills, Lakeland Explorer and Wainwrights Coast to Coast.
But while the spotlight is shining on the Lakes, let’s not overlook the lesser known National Parks, also jewels in the British crown, with so much to offer.
The Broads National Park is a glittering tapestry of rivers, wetlands and coast, with a huge variety of wildlife. You can take a lowland stroll on the Norfolk Rambling tour. Or why not explore the Northumberland National Park offering not only stunning scenery, but epic Roman history with the great Northern defensive barrier, Hadrian’s Wall via the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail.
There is also Britain's first National Park, the Peak District and Pembrokeshire Britain’s only fully coastal National Park. With over 400km of cliffs, coves, harbours and beaches and offers some of the best scenery and best walking in Wales, the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Coast is an excellent way to explore it.
Our National Parks are treasures – let’s get out there and enjoy them!