National Parks Week, 23rd to 29th July 2018, is the annual National Park family festival championing all that is unique and special about National Parks!
There are 15 National Parks located throughout the UK. They are home to some of the best views, walks, flora and fauna in the country and they provide the perfect space to get outside and reconnect with nature.
Whether that be camping, walking, running, cycling, photographing, there is something for everybody at a National Park.
Each National Park has something different to offer and below is a selection of what makes National Parks unique.
The Brecon Beacons is made up of a dramatic mountain landscape that includes the 886m high Pen y Fan.
There are walking and cycling routes for all abilities throughout the park and while you are out and about you may even get the chance to spot some Welsh Mountain ponies and Red Kites.
There is also an International Dark Sky Reserve where you can head out into the evening and do some stars and constellation spotting.
All of this is less than an hour away from the Welsh capital Cardiff.
Moorlands and hills filled with a variety of walking and cycling routes for all abilities, Dartmoor National Park is also the only National Park in England to allow wild camping and has the longest stone row in the world.
An inspirational location for films, books and music it is also located just an hour away from Exeter and Plymouth.
A tale of two heritages, New Forest National Park is a blend of ancient forest with open grazing for ponies’, cows and pigs and a maritime coastline of shingle, saltmarsh, lagoons and mudflats.
The history of the forest dates back thousands of years with some Ancient trees over 1000 years old!
There are great connections all around with the forest less than an hour away from Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury.
A contrast of two types of Peaks, the Peak District is made up of the Dark Peak; a hotspot for rock climbers and wildlife watchers, and the White Peak; (limestone country) a place to discover panoramic views from the trail at Parsley Hay.
With 200 square miles of open access land for walkers to enjoy and 34 miles of family-friendly trails, the Peak District is ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Home to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdonia National Park consists of a rich and varied landscape that includes wooded valleys, peatlands and moorlands.
There are 23 miles of coastline with sand dune backed beaches and a sense of the area’s long history with historic castles.
The 160km South Downs Way national trail is made up of chalk grasslands and woodlands rich in wildflowers and butterflies. With a dramatic chalk cliff coastline, you can walk, cycle or horse ride the length of the National Park.
It has bustling market towns, hidden villages and historic estates too. You can reach it all in just over an hour by train from London and a short bus ride from Brighton, Portsmouth, Eastbourne and Winchester.
There is plenty of exploring to be done in the Yorkshire Dales.
It is home to the Yorkshire three peaks (Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent) and the natural amphitheater, Malham Cove.
The Yorkshire dales rolling moors and valleys scattered with traditional field barns and drystone walls; is only an hour from Leeds and York and is easily accessible too.
A National Park could be sitting right on your doorstep.
If you live nearby (maybe on one of Redrow’s own developments), or even if you live a bit further afield, why not get outside and see what the UK’s National Parks have to offer?
There are plenty of events taking place throughout National Park Week so head over to the National Parks website to find out more!