Getting away at the weekend can be the perfect break, especially when work and school are becoming a bit too much. Sometimes the best bet is to head to the beautiful countryside so you can really have that quality time that you deserve. Fortunately, the UK has some of the best National Parks in the world; with picturesque scenery, wild expanses, and untouched beauty – our National Parks are the perfect place for a weekend away.
Dartmoor National Park
In this park, unlike other National Parks, you can camp anywhere which will make the perfect getaway for you to take advantage of. Remember to pick somewhere with a magnificent view.
The book, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is based in Dartmoor National Park.After walking the moors, you’ll no doubt be in need of some well-earned food and rest – there are plenty of villages that surround the landscape that serve excellent cream teas.
Don’t worry if you get a little bored, you can make your way to London, Exeter or Plymouth as they’re all close by.What could be better than escaping the city with the kids for a weekend of camping adventures?
Lake District National Park
The Lake District is home to England’s tallest mountain; Scafell Pike. So, this park should be a priority on your list!
It is also home to 16 different lakes, so you’ll never get bored if you love water sports. With sailing, canoeing, fishing and swimming to choose from, it’s time for you to take a dip in the water — hopefully it’s not too chilly!
There are plenty of cycle routes for you to ride through if you’re not the biggest fan of water sports. From country lanes to cycleways and bridleways, there’s a route that will suit all ages and experiences. Or for the more adventurous, try theWhinlatter and Grizedale Forestroutes for some off-road excitement.
Broads National Park
This national park is home to the most beautiful scenery in England, complement this trip by taking plenty of pictures that you can frame when you get home and create everlasting memories. Remember that Whitlingham Country Park is Norwich’s access to the Broads, and it’s here where you can explore ancient woodlands with a path that is also wheelchair accessible around Whitlingham Great Broad.
To do something a little out of the ordinary, why not hop on the Ra boat? Cheap student bus pass service, Stagecoach, found out that it’s Britain’s first solar-powered passenger boat! Don’t forget to take you camera when you’re on board as the Broads hosts a range of wildlife in the UK — see which animals you can spot!
Broads National Park also has an Outdoor Education Centre, so the kids will never get bored – from archery to windsurfing, they have it all! Or, if you’d like to take the trip across the Broads yourself, there are canoes you can hire to explore the winding waters.
Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms is double the size of the Lake District, so you probably won’t see it all on one trip. At 4,528 sq km, it’s even bigger than Luxembourg! The park is 47% wild land too, offering your children a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with nature and explore environments that may not be familiar to them.