England & Wales really are green and pleasant lands. If you want to get away from it all and experience nature, you've come to the right place.
Officially, there are 15 national parks in the UK, but there are many other areas of outstanding natural beauty to explore. So before you jet off to the continent, consider a little local exploration.
In England nearly 10% of the land is national park. In Wales there is even more green space, with around 20% of the land designated as national park. From the Yorkshire Dales in the North, to the Peak District in the middle, Snowdonia in the west to the South Downs, you're never too far from some glorious natural landscape. So with break looming, here are a few of our parkland highlights.
Nearly 900 acres of unspoilt landscape, the Lake District in Cumbria, just north of Lancaster, really is is an area of outstanding natural beauty. A picturesque train ride will take you through the Cumbrian hills to idyllic towns and villages such as Windermere, Keswick and Grasmere. The highest point is Scafell Pike at nearly 1000 metres.
Comprising a mountain range, this part of Wales includes nearly 25 miles of coastline and one of the highest mountains in the UK.
A relatively short journey from London gives you untamed wilderness and horses roaming free.
Next door to Cornwall is Devon and the Dartmoor national park, comprising over 350 sq. miles of moorland, distinctive granite rock and wild sheep and horses.
If you'd like to know more about the national parks and places near to you where you can breathe some clean air, get back to nature and see wild animals in their natural habitat, then take a look at the official National Parks website.