2017 is here, the future is now, resolutions have been made and – what now? Well, for those get-fit-keep-fit promises, here are the Top 10 National Sites to Visit!
The longest stretch of fresh water in inland Britain, this beautiful Scottish Loch is situated across the Highland Boundary. Come view the snow-capped Lomond mountain, sparkling in its wintry glory beneath the sun. Surrounded by ancient pine and ok woods, this is the perfect fairy-tale day trip destination!
It’s not hard to believe that this is the only national park designated so specifically because of its coastline, you only have to view the sapphire surf crashing against the rocky shore to see why. Come, climb the cliff face and take in a deep breath of fresh Welsh air!
A mountain range guaranteed to ooze awe and emit pride in amplified waves of power. Come stand at the edge of this impressive South Welsh natural beauty and dare to creep a little closer.
Established in 2003, this Scottish Park, it is built on cycling trails and hiking routes, perfect for all the family to enjoy. View the amazing scenery from either in the midst of the rolling hills o from up-top.
Locally known and referred to as The Broads, they are a network of lakes and rivers formed originally by the flooding of local Suffolk peat workings. This makes it the perfect location for bird acing, fishing and a range of other activities.
These Moors are hosting a range of walks, including the Winter Welly Walk, and a Gruffulo themed event for children taking place throughout January. Don’t forget to return for the Dark Skies Festival, 18th – 26th February, to see the range of over 2000 stars in the night sky!
Bakewell, Edale, Derwent and Castleton make up the Peak District. Castleton is the perfect place if you want to visit a range of mines and caves, including the Speedwell Cavern accessible only by longboat or the Blue John Mine, tucked away in the snowy mountain side.
This spectacular park is brimming with enchanting waterfalls, unique wildlife and boating trips across the shimmering Lake Windermere. Go gorge walking, abseiling, hiking, even canoeing! What more could you expect?
This stunning landscape has been shaped by hundreds of years of farming, fashioning these stretching moorlands into hills and homes and tourist trails. From the 28th January onwards, their famous snowdrop valley will be open to the public once again. Until then, come revel in the crisp blankets of snow sure to wrap themselves around the park’s trees soon!
There are currently no official National Parks in Northern Ireland but seeing as serious moves are being made to include the Mourne Mountains in that particular circle, it had to make the list. A breath taking view of towering rocks and sitting proudly beside the Victoria Lock shoreline, this little less-known location is as pretty as any picture.
By Heather Lukins