2019 marks 70 years since the creation of the UK’s National Parks, when the National Parks Act was passed in parliament. There are now 15 parks nationwide and they attract around 100 million domestic and international visitors each year, contributing millions to the economy.* With a dedicated ‘Discover National Parks’ fortnight running from 6-21 April, why not explore the beauty of these national treasures with the original experts – Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133 www.ramblersholidays.co.uk). With over 70 years’ experience of running small group walking holidays, they know a thing or two about the best routes to follow and offer a choice of over 15 walking holidays to National Parks across the country, from Northumberland, the North York Moors and the Lake District, to Dartmoor, Exmoor and Pembrokeshire.
A Choice of Lake District Walking Holidays (Grades 4, 5 and 7, Moderate to Challenging)
Discover more about the Lake District and UK’s first UNESCO World Heritage National Park, staying at Ramblers Walking Holidays’ very own Hassness Country House, located on the remote shores of Buttermere with wonderful lake and mountain views in all directions and a plethora of guided walks literally on the doorstep. Available during the festival period, explore the stomping ground of Alfred Wainwright and source of inspiration for Beatrix Potter, Wordsworth and many others on one of Ramblers Walking Holidays’ ‘Hassness Country House’ 3, 4 or 7 night breaks. From as little as £260/person for a 3 night break, holidays include B&B accommodation, picnic lunches on walking days, home cooked evening meals (except Tuesday) and an expert lead walking programme with two leaders and choice of two grades of walk. Various durations available throughout the year from April to December 2019.
The Best of the Peak District (Grade 5, Moderate)
Alternatively, check out the UK’s first designated National Park on Ramblers Walking Holidays’ 5-night ‘The Best of the Peak District’ from £499/person departing in April, July, August and September 2019. Staying at the Willersley Castle Hotel overlooking the River Derwent, the itinerary includes half board accommodation, the chance to walk the High Peak Trail, visits to the picturesque towns of Bakewell and Ashford-in-the-Water, all transport to and from trails, and a dedicated leader.
Highlights of the Two Moors Way in Devon – New for 2019 (Grade 5, Moderate)
Walking the highlights of Devon’s coast to coast path, the Two Moors Way incorporates both the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks, from the southern edge of Dartmoor to Lynmouth on the north coast. Pass through landscapes that have inspired novels as diverse as the Hound of the Baskervilles, Tarka the Otter and Lorna Doone, enjoying the gentle landscape of southwest England’s farms, woodland streams and thatched roofed villages along with wild hikes through moorlands of heather and tussock grass. The holiday culminates with spectacular views on the final walk as the cliffs fall sharply towards the sea. The 6-night Highlights of the Two Moors Way starts from £879/person departing in May, June, July and September 2019.
1. For more information on Discover National Parks – https://nationalparks.uk/visiting/discover-national-parks
2. Ramblers Walking Holidays was established in March 1946 – https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/ourheritage