Britain’s National Parks

Some of Britain’s best landscapes are protected within the boundaries of the fifteen UK National Parks. Each has its own National Park Authority whose role is to conserve, manage and enhance its countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage for future generations.

Britain’s National Parks include thirteen in England and Wales, and two in Scotland. The UK National Parks are: the Cairngorms, and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs in Scotland; Northumberland, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, the Peak District, Norfolk Broads, Exmoor, Dartmoor, the New Forest and the South Downs in England; and Snowdonia, the Pembrokeshire Coast, and the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Together, they attract an estimated 110 million visitors a year and provide free outdoor recreation and walking for everyone.

The best circular walks in  Britain’s National Parks

Because the UK National Parks look after some of Britain’s finest countryside, they have always been popular with walkers, hikers and ramblers. Access is largely on public rights of way such as footpaths, bridleways and, on occasion, permissive paths. On moors, National Trust and Forestry Commission land, and other uncultivated upland, there is usually a right of open access under the Countryside Access and Rights of Way Act of 2000.

In addition to the many linear paths and long distance trails within the UK National Parks, there are thousands of short circular routes from the Parks’ main visitor centres, towns and villages.

Northern Eye Books‘ ‘Top 10 Walks‘ series identify the key themes for each of the UK National Parks — such as Lakes, Fells or Dales — and then looks at the best and most popular short circular walks for each of those themes.

Tried-and-tested routes

Each book is written by an outdoor professional who knows the area like the back of their hand. The selected walks are tried-and-tested, popular and usually well used but will take you to all the best places, loveliest landscapes and most stunning views. Key themes include lakes, rivers and reservoirs, woodlands, fells, summits, dales and valleys, viewpoints, waterfalls, history and literary walks.