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8 National Parks to explore in England

England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Paleolithic period but takes its name from the Angles, a Germanic tribe deriving its name from the Anglia peninsula, who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries. England's economy is one of the largest and most dynamic in the world, with an average GDP per capita of £28,100 or $36,000.

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is a vast moorland in the county of Devon. Covering 368 sq miles, this vast national park feels like it’s tumbled straight out of a Tolkien tome, with its honey-colored heaths, moss-smothered boulders, tinkling streams, and eerie granite hills. One of the iconic attractions in this area and gives a new experience in the middle of nature.

Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park, in North West England, is the largest national park in the country, occupying 885 sq mi. It is considered one of England's most scenic regions and is the country's premier destination for hiking and climbing. The park lies entirely within the modern county of Cumbria, shared historically by the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire. Known as much for its mountain peaks as its lakes, the park is home to England's tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, and i

Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park is a beautiful greenish area which was home to some of our most peaceful hidden gems, remotest footpaths and most astounding nature. There are around 405 square miles of superb wilderness within the National Park to explore. The landscape is an outstanding mix of high hills, dales and crystal clear rivers and, not forgetting, the magnificent Kielder Water – Europe’s biggest man made lake.

Peak District National Park
Peak District National ParkCastleton, Hope Valley S33 8WS, UK

The Peak District is one of the UK's most visited national parks spanning around 555 square miles. Considered by many as the spiritual home of the free access to the countryside we all enjoy today, the Peak District continues to provide a warm welcome to those seeking some of their first inspirational connections with nature.

Pennington Flash Country Park
Pennington Flash Country Park17 Hawkshead Ave, Leigh, Chorley PR7 6NY, UK

Pennington Flashes (LNR) is part of an impressive country park. The lake and surrounding marshland are home to a diverse group of mammals, birds and insects, including 5 RSPB red listed birds and the protected water vole. Additionally, a wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies can be spotted in the area.

South Downs National Park
South Downs National ParkNorth St, Midhurst GU29 9DH, UK

The South Downs National Park is England's newest national park, designated on 31 March 2010. The park, covering an area of 1,627 square kilometres in southern England, stretches for 140 kilometres from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east through the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. The national park covers the chalk hills of the South Downs and a substantial part of a separate physiographic region, the western Weald, with its heavily wooded sandstone and clay h

Wirral Country Park
Wirral Country ParkLees Ln, Neston CH64 7TH, UK

Wirral Country Park was the first designated Country Park in Britain. You can see magnificent views of migratory birds over the River Dee, walk-on Thurstaston Beach or have a barbecue or picnic in the grasslands. It is a place of contrasts. Badgers and Foxes hunt the quieter parts, birds nest in the dense hedges or feed on the berries in winter, and you may see up to 10 kinds of butterflies in summer.

Yorkshire Dales National Park
Yorkshire Dales National ParkBainbridge, Leyburn DL8 3EL, UK

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a 2,178 km2 national park in England covering most of the Yorkshire Dales. The majority of the park is in North Yorkshire, with a sizeable area in Cumbria and a small part in Lancashire. The park was designated in 1954 and extended in 2016. Over 95% of the land in the Park is under private ownership; there are over 1,000 farms in this area.

Map of National Parks to explore in England