5 National Parks in the UK That Will Blow You Away
The Yorkshire Dales
From the ruins of a 12th-century monastery to a dramatic limestone ravine with cascading waterfalls to thousands of square miles of stunning moors and valleys, the Yorkshire Dales offers so much to explore. There are many hiking trails along the deep valleys (i.e. dales) that meander along dry stone walls, meadows and tiny farms.
This is where you can see some of the most amazing limestone scenery in the United Kingdom, including a fascinating underground labyrinth of caves. When you have worked up an appetite from all of that exploring, you can drop into the small village of Wensleydale for a bit of Wensleydale Cheese.
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Cairngorms National Park
This stunning natural reserve is the largest national park in Britain — twice the size of the Lake District. The Scottish wilderness has more forest paths, rivers, lochs and mountains than you could possibly explore on your visit.
Five of the six highest mountains in the United Kingdom are located within this park and there are many top-class mountain bike and cross country skiing trails. It’s even possible to go dog sledding along the vast, snowy expanses high in the mountains. If you want to see the park from the comfort of a seat on a train, you can ride along the highest railway in Britain.
After all that, you can relax with a dram of single malt whiskey at the Glenlivet Distillery in Tomintoul.