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National Parks To Visit On a UK Road Trip This Summer 

National Parks To Visit On a UK Road Trip This Summer 

The country’s national parks provide an ideal setting for a summer road trip, offering a mix of stunning landscapes and a range of outdoor activities. 

With locations across the UK, there are plenty of opportunities to discover these iconic areas on a weekend break or a week-long holiday. 

Lake District 

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Located in Cumbria, this area is renowned for its rugged mountains and picturesque villages. As England’s largest, it offers a vast array of attractions and activities. You could start your journey at Windermere, England’s largest lake, perfect for boating or a leisurely lakeside walk. Or, if you’re looking for something more adventurous, a hike up Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, offers a challenging ascent and some breathtaking views. 

The charming town of Keswick provides quaint shops and cafes, while history enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage.

Peak District 

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Straddling several counties including Derbyshire and Yorkshire, the Peak District is the UK’s first national park, known for its diverse landscapes of moorland, dales and limestone gorges.

Highlights include Chatsworth House, The Monsal Trail, perfect for a walking or cycling holiday, and the caverns at Castleton, which provide an underground adventure. There are also many outdoor pursuits here such as rock climbing, caving and hiking. 


Photo by Josh Kirk

Located in North Wales, Snowdonia is renowned for its dramatic mountain ranges and Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

A ride to the summit on the Snowdon Mountain Railway provides beautiful panoramic views, while the Italianate village of Portmeirion offers a unique experience with its colourful architecture and stunning gardens. If you’re wanting a thrill, why not try zip-lining at the fastest zip line in the world?  


Photo by Ali Elliott

Situated in the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms is the largest national park in the UK, encompassing mountains, forests, rivers and lochs.

Visit the Highland Wildlife Park to see native species, explore the charming town of Aviemore for a taste of local culture or enjoy wildlife watching and water sports on Loch Morlich. 

Unlike in England, wild camping is legal in Scotland, making this an ideal location for a campervan trip. However, it’s important to camp responsibly and ensure you take out appropriate motorhome insurance to cover your trip

New Forest 

Photo by Ellen Kerbey

New Forest, Hampshire, is a mix of ancient woodland, heathland, and picturesque villages, while the nearby coastal town of Lymington has a pretty marina and bustling market. 

Visit the Beaulieu National Motor Museum for a journey through automotive history or explore the area by horseback, a popular activity in the New Forest.

A road trip to the UK’s national parks offers an unparalleled opportunity to reconnect with nature and discover some of the country’s most stunning landscapes. Each park has its own unique charm and activities, ensuring that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. What’s more, you’ll find accommodation aplenty with options such as glamping, cosy B&Bs, boutique hotels and self-catering cottages. 

Top photo by Rick Sykes @ EGEMS Ltd.