Given the fact that the United Kingdom has become increasingly urbanised since the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century, national parks have remained an imperative feature. These parks are sacrosanct when it comes to any form of development and you would always struggle to obtain planning permission for new abodes within these parks’ boundaries.
The first national park to be designated within Britain was The Peak District National Park of Derbyshire. This park takes up a large chunk of the county and it is one of the most remote parts of England; surrounded by large towns and cities in all directions. It occupies the southern slopes of the Pennine hills and was formed and carved out during the last ice age, when vast ice glaciers helped to cut out this spectacular landscape.
Today, there are a number of national parks scattered across all three countries of Great Britain. England does have the most and these generally tend to be more concentrated in the north of the country. The Lake District National Park is probably the most spectacular in England and is where you will find the highest mountain in the country - Scaffell Pike.
There are some parks in the south: the southwest has two - Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. The New Forest (in Hampshire) and The South Downs National Parks are less awe-inspiring, but are essential rural areas that are coming under the protection of this scheme for the preserved future of the country.
Dartmoor and Exmoor are where you will find hundreds of ponies running completely wild. This makes for quite a unique sight as you slowly and carefully drive your car through these wild moorland hills.
The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks can both be found in the country of Wales. These are definitely worth a visit, if you make it to the principality. Wales is a very mountainous country of the UK and this makes for some spectacular scenery and idyllic landscapes. Snowdonia is found in the northeast of Wales and its named after Wales’ highest mountain - Snowdon, which is well over 1000m in height.
Then there are the amazing national parks of Scotland and if you love breathtaking scenery and mountainous landscapes, you are definitely going to want to pay these a visit? The Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are where you will find some of the last vast wildernesses of Great Britain. This gives you the opportunity to picture how life would have been like in Britain several hundred years ago and these idyllic havens are where you can go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
All of the national parks are able to offer some glorious inns, pubs and hotels for you to really relax and make the most of rural Britain. Of course, the best time of the year to stay in the parks would always be summer, but if you fancy feeling just about as cosy as you could ever imagine? There is nothing better than spending the night in a quiet moorland hotel, in the middle of nowhere, during a long winter’s night. Sit by that blazing fire, sipping a brandy and you will soon see.
Also, especially in Scotland, be careful through May and June as this country is infamous for the problem it faces every year through midges. These little mosquito-like critters can become a huge pest in this part of the world.