Celebrating National Parks Fortnight
As a nation, there is nothing we love more than an adventure in the great outdoors. With international holidays and travel still up in the air for the upcoming summer, many of us are choosing to stay closer to home to enjoy the British sunshine and a well-needed escape from the chaotic year we’ve all faced.
Home to some of the most picturesque places in the world, our countryside really can showcase just how magical Mother Nature truly is. Britain's huge selection of National Parks provide a mixture of fantastical flora, wild woodland and exquisite nature making it an ideal location for any exploration of choice. So with the next fortnight celebrating our National Parks, here’s all the pawfect places you and your furry friends can visit and make the most of this spectacular summer.
Our National Parks
With fifteen national parks dotted around our British Isles, each one holds its own blissful beauty. From the Yorkshire Dales to the delights of Dartmoor, the selection of stunning scenery is like no other across these wonderful areas. Dog-friendly all year round and with some even hosting some of the quirkiest accommodation you’ve ever seen. No matter what the weather, if it's an exciting adventure you are after, then a visit to a National Park has to be on your bucket list this summer.
During the next two years, the National Parks association would normally be showcasing a range of events, special trials and activities to encourage more people to venture into the great outdoors, but despite the lack of usual activities, there are still a million reasons to visit with your furry friend in tow.
As one of the scenic stars of the South of England, this Devon delight is home to wild, picturesque moorlands rich in both history and rare wildlife. Begin your journey across Dartmoor’s range of wondrous walks at one of the nearby villages such as Postbridge or Princetown, and find that no exploration will ever be the same.
When travelling with your four-legged friends, it is vital to keep them on leads between 1st March to the 31st July due to lambing and bird nesting season. Like any wilderness wander, it is imperative to be vigilant and respectful of nearby wildlife so everyone can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
Routes across Dartmoor vary from 2 miles to 12 so ensure you check your journey before embarking on a walk through this magical marshland. With varied terrain and stunning scenery, we recommend an easy circular walk for your furry friend, stopping off at one of Dartmoors local cafes for a refreshment to cool down after your wilderness wander.
The Lake District is home to some of the most majestic landmarks in our British countryside. As Britain’s largest National Park and home to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, the Lake District is a protected World Heritage site and full of wonderful walks that you can explore with your canine companion.
Surrounded by a massive array of lavish lakes, hence its name, we recommend an exploration of Wastwater where you can take a glimpse of the largest lake in England. With walking paths covering this pawfect place, there is no adventure quite like a wander around Wastwater. Feast your eyes on views of nearby mountains such as Yewbarrow, Great Gable and even views of Scafell Pike, this walk is Instagram worthy in every way.
Snowdonia is the highest mountain range in Wales and associated with Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike as part of the Three Peaks of Britain, this National Park is a great journey for us Cornish folk that seek an adventure a little further afield than the likes of Dartmoor or Exmoor.
Protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Snowdonia’s flora, fauna and landscapes are cared for by law making the stunning scenery a spectacular sight to be seen by anyone travelling to the Welsh coast. With walks available for you and your furry friend on and around the mountain, we advise only extremely active dogs to take a wander up to the mountain’s peak. For novice walkers, there are many paths around the mountain range to enjoy a casual walk around this National Park.