Photo: Making the most of fun at the seaside. Park Credit: New Forest NPA
A quick guide to Britain’s National Parks from Kozi Kidz
Make the most of Spring for family fun with a visit to one of our outstanding national parks. Here’s a handy guide with links to help you make up your mind where to go. All have family-friendly events and centres to help you make the most of a visit. Why not work your way through them all this year? We love Yorkshire’s Dales and Moors. Do let us know where you went and share the fun – www.facebook.com/KoziKidz.
Exmoor National Park: 267 square miles make it one of England’s smaller National Parks. For further info go to: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Lake District National Park: Explore some of England's loveliest scenery – mountains, lakes and valleys – and charming villages. For further info go to: www.lake-district.gov.uk
New Forest National Park: The New Forest is situated in the deep south of England, between the urban areas of Southampton and Bournemouth and bounded by the Solent. For further info go to: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk
North York Moors National Park: Is a true northern treasure. Enjoy tremendous variety within a relatively compact area. For further info go to: www.visitnorthyorkshiremoors.co.uk
Northumberland National Park: If you want to discover a stunning landscape and a welcome that is warm and genuine then ‘the land of the far horizons’ will provide an unforgettable experience. For further info go to: www.nnpa.org.uk
Peak District National Park: The first National Park to be established, the Peak District National Park covers parts of six counties between Sheffield and Manchester. For further info go to: www.visitpeakdistrict.com
Yorkshire Dales National Park: Sitting astride the central Pennine watershed. The Yorkshire Dales National Park has been described variously as wild, expansive, tranquil and, at times, awesome and bleak. For further info go to: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk
Cairngorms National Park: Is the UK’s largest national park with a large mountain range at its heart offering a haven for many of Britain’s rarest bird, animal and plant species. For further info go to: www.cairngorms.co.uk
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park: Whatever the weather, offers stunning surroundings for your visit. For further info go to: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org
Snowdonia National Park: Covers 823 square miles of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in North Wales. For further info go to: www.snowdonia-npa.gov.uk
Pembrokeshire National Park: This is Britain's only truly coastal National Park. It's a spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills, and a place of sanctuary for wildlife. For further info go to: www.pcnpa.org.uk
Brecon Beacons National Park: Stunning scenery with its own history and heritage, cuisine, traditions, myths and culture. For further info go to: www.breconbeacons.org
Dartmoor National Park: Is a stunningly beautiful area of moorland accented with wooded valleys and windswept Tors (towers). A wide open expanse covering 369 square miles (953 sq. km.), the area features some of the wildest and bleakest country in England. For further info go to: www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk
South Downs National Park: England’s newest national park covering 1600km2, ranging from rolling hills to bustling market towns. For further info go to: www.southdowns.gov.uk.
Broads Authority: part of the national park family and features scenic waterways, rare wildlife (home to a quarter of the UK’s rarest species) and rich history. For further info go to: www.broads-authority.gov.uk.