Get into the wild with UK national parks holidays

The UK is blessed with some spectacular scenery. The 15 national parks provide great holidays for all the family, with hiking, cycling, climbing and camping opportunities all over the UK.

Visit www.nationalparks.gov.uk for the full list of national parks, along with details about their locations, specific advice and regulations. Then just pick the destination to suit your holiday requirements.

The New Forest National Park (www.newforestnpa.gov.uk), predominantly in Hampshire, is famous for its wild ponies. They come to the edges of villages to graze and can be seen in the wild, along with free-roaming pigs, deer and cattle. A visit here, for walking or cycling, is like a trip back into medieval rural England.

Snowdonia (www.snowdonia-npa.gov.uk) is one of the wildest, rawest regions in the UK, with the highest mountain outside Scotland and the largest natural lake in Wales. Even if you aren't an ardent climber, you can enjoy the character of pretty villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs (www.lochlomond-trossachs.org) national park is a gateway to the Highlands. Follow the walking and cycling trails, or see the scenery from horseback. On the loch itself you can sail, canoe, windsurf and fish. The park encapsulates the scenic splendour of Scotland.

Dartmoor (www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk) is a hiker's paradise, with more than 450 miles of right-of-way trails across some of the UK's most desolately beautiful landscapes. It's the most southerly of the UK's national parks and holidays here are not guaranteed sunny weather, so pack that protective fleece.

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