There’s so many beautiful parks around the globe, where do you start when it comes to creating a list of the prettiest? As it just so happens to be National Parks Week from Monday July 25th to Sunday July 31st, we thought we’d begin with a list of beauties on our doorstop. With this in mind, here are a few must-see parks that you may want to take your camera to.
Exmoor National Park, Somerset
Once a Royal forest and hunting ground, Exmoor National Park is now enjoyed by walkers, families and man’s best friend. The park covers 267 square miles and offers visitors a landscape of valleys, woodland, moorland and farmland.
Be sure to check out the long-distance path named The Two Moor Way that connects Dartmoor and Exmoor. The 102-mile route runs between Lynmouth and Ivybridge on the north coast of Exmoor and follows the oldest regional footpath in Devon.
Lake District National Park
As the largest national park in England, the Lake District National Park covers around 885 square miles of Cumbria. It was given formal national park status in 1951.
There are two must-see walks that vary greatly in length but both offer stunning views of the valleys, lakes and mountains. For a mini walk that will give panoramic views of Keswick and Derwentwater, there is a six-mile route up Latrigg summit with an elevation of 368 metres. The second walk is a 102-mile circular route named the Alfred Wainwright Memorial Walk – the author, artist and fell-walker – that promises to reveal plenty of picture perfect views of the Lake District.
Pembrokeshire National Park
The unusual things about Pembrokeshire National Park is that it is the only national park in the UK to have been designated because of its breath-taking coastline. There’s also the bonus of 590 miles of west Wales’ public footpaths to explore too – camera at the ready!
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and provides a 186-mile route running between Amroth and St Dogmaels. There’s lots to see and photograph including the picturesque coastline and the Preseli Hills, which is home to Preseli Bluestone, the material used in the construction of Stonehenge.
If you do decide to visit a park this month, why not take a peek at our picnic post for some outside food styling inspiration? Whether you spend your time snapping scotch eggs or setting up landscape shots, we’re sure you’ll have some lovely images to transfer to canvas.