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UK National Parks

Snowdonia scene
Photographer: SNPA
Thanks to Snowdonia National Park Authority for providing the image.
Snowdonia scene
Fulking Escarpement in the South Downs National Park
Photographer: Sam Moore
Many thanks to the South Downs National Park for providing the image.
Fulking Escarpement in the South Downs National Park
Turf Fen Mill on the River Ant
Photographer: Chris Herring
Thanks to The Broads Authority for providing the image.
Turf Fen Mill on the River Ant
Buttermere in the Lake District National Park
Photographer: Nick Thorne
Thanks to the Lake District National Park Authority for supplying the image.
Buttermere in the Lake District National Park
Roseberry Topping in the North York Moors National Park
Photographer: Phil West
Thanks to North York Moors National Park Authority for providing the image.
Roseberry Topping in the North York Moors National Park

Pennine Way

270 miles from the Peak District National Park along the Pennine ridge into the Scottish Borders >

Coast to Coast

Devised by Alfred Wainwright, this 190 mile route links the Irish Sea and the North Sea, crossing three national parks >

There are 15 National Parks in the UK: ten in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland.

The first to be designated was the Peak District in 1951 and the newest is the South Downs in 2011.

National Parks in Britain 

  • Peak District (designated in 1951) 555 square miles
  • Lake District (1951) 885 square miles
  • Snowdonia (1951) 840 square miles
  • Dartmoor (1951) 368 square miles
  • North York Moors (1952) 554 square miles
  • Pembrokeshire Coast (1952) 240 square miles
  • Exmoor (1954) 267 square miles
  • Yorkshire Dales (1954) 685 square miles
  • Northumberland (1956) 405 square miles
  • Brecon Beacons (1957) 519 square miles
  • The Broads (1989) 117 square miles
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs (2002) 720 square miles
  • Cairngorms (2003) 1,467 square miles
  • New Forest (2005) 220 square miles
  • South Downs (2011) 1,020 square miles

More on UK National Parks

For facts and figures and useful links, take a look at UK National Parks website.

Pennine Way

270 miles from the Peak District National Park along the Pennine ridge into the Scottish Borders >

Coast to Coast

Devised by Alfred Wainwright, this 190 mile route links the Irish Sea and the North Sea, crossing three national parks >

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