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Along with a wealth of local attractions and historic places of interests close to our parks, there are also a few hidden gems you may not know about in these stunning locations.
Nestled on the Northumberland coast is our beautiful park of Amble Links. From its impressive coastline of sandy beaches to its wonderful countryside, the Northumberland National Park has an area measuring nearly 580 square miles of beautiful dark skies great for star gazing.
While many enjoy the stunning views in the daytime it is at night time that the true peace and tranquility comes to life as one of the largest area of protected night sky in Europe, and is known as the Northumberland and Kielder Water and Forest International Dark Sky Park.
Awarded Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Skies Association (IDA) (December 2013), the highest accolade the IDA can give, means these skies joins the likes of those above Death Valley and the Big Bend National Parks in the USA.
Along with seeing the Milky Way and meteors, you could even enjoy the delights of the Northern Lights when the conditions are right. It is estimated that 85% of the UK population has never seen a truly dark sky or experienced the sense of wonder that a clear night filled with billions of stars can give! So why not take a visit and discover this wonder for yourself.
As the largest county in the UK, North Yorkshire is home to three of our parks, Chantry, Littondale and Yorkshire Dales, with 2.9 million glorious acres of rolling hills on your doorstep to explore and enjoy. After a long day out and about there is nothing better than a rest in a great British pub, the Tan Hill Inn is the highest pub in the UK and here you can put your feet up with a pint of a real ale at 528 metres (1732 feet) above sea level.
You can also enjoy some of the fine dining, with these Yorkshire restaurants that have all been awarded Michelin Stars. The Black Swan at Oldstead in York, The Angel at Hetton, The Star Inn in Harome, The Pipe and Glass in Beverley and the Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds could be the perfect choice to celebrate that special evening.
With 80% of Lancashire is classed as rural it is the perfect pet-friendly and outdoor lovers holiday location. The Forest of Bowland AONB takes up a large part of this with it covering about the same area as the whole of New York City and it is the first protected area in England to be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.
As well as having plenty of countryside to go out and explore, you can enjoy stunning views of Pendle Hill, which is only 50 metres shy of also being called a mountain, from right on park, or for those with a more adventurous side, it is a great place to paraglide or hang glide from.
We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, well Wales has the Seven Wonders of Wales. All be found within North Wales, they make great days out for your stays at Plas Coch or Brynteg.
The wonders include, Pistyll Rhaeadr a 73 metres (240-foot) high waterfall near Powys. It is one of 77 waterfalls in Wales and is a real slight for all the senses, take a stroll to the top and enjoy the views from above as well as below.
St Winefride’s Well, also known as “the Lourdes of Wales” is in the town of Holywell. Its waters apparently contain healing properties that are said to have delivered miraculous cures. The walls are covered in the initials of grateful pilgrims with some testifying to cures they have received from their visit there. It is the perfect location for some mindful TLC, whether you take a dip in this magical water or just enjoy the peace and tranquillity.
As well as one of the most visited attraction in Wales and the busiest mountain in the UK, Snowdon. Located in Snowdonia National Park it is the highest point in the in England and Wales, reaching a height of 1085 metres above sea level. In 2018 it was visited by 698,000 people, with 140,000 taking the train, rather than one of its 6 main paths to the summit. Whether you enjoy the 5hr+ walk up or take a ride to the top, the views can’t be missed.
Sitting on the English side of the Welsh border is the county of Herefordshire, with views of the Malvern hills sits our aptly named Malvern View. Known for their Malvern Water spring, which has beneficial properties that have been reported for over four hundred years and has been drunk by several British monarchs including Elizabeth I and also Queen Victoria who refused to travel without it. It is still being bottled today so, grab yourself a bottle of Holywell Malvern Spring Water and take a stroll to the top of Malvern Hills to take in the impressive views.
As well as it’s thirst quenching properties, the spring waters also saw Malvern as the natural UK home to hydrotherapy. In the 19th century it became famous for it water cure, thanks to Drs James Manby Gully and James Wilson who opened the first water cure clinics. Famous patients included the likes of Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin and his family and Lord Tennyson. You can experience this for yourself with a dip in the hydrotherapy pool at the The Malvern Spa, just 25 mins from our park.
With temperatures that are roughly 4-5c warmer than the rest of the country, Cornwall is the perfect spot for a seaside staycation with 430 miles of stunning coastline, 158 miles of which is designated as Heritage Coast. Home to over 300 different beaches of golden sand and clear waters, which have recorded temperatures warmer than those on the Californian coast, it is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday lives. Whether you are after a pet-friendly beach, one suitable for small children or a “surfer’s paradise”, there will be a beach for you! So pack your beach bag and start exploring this impressive coastline from one of our Cornwall parks Oyster Bay, Par Sands and Pentire.
After a day of dipping your toes in the water and feeling the sand between your toes you can tuck into a traditional Cornish pasty, known locally as an Oggy, and yes, this is where shouting 'Oggy Oggy Oggy, Oi! Oi! Oi!' comes from. It has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Commission, this means to be a true Cornish pasty it has to be ‘D’ shaped, crimped along the edge and can crucially only be made in Cornwall! They may be world famous and award-winning but did you know that they were originally designed to feed Cornish miners and had a savoury and a sweet end with their initials carved into the top of it so they could distinguish it from all the others. The crust was designed solely as a handle which would be thrown away after the pasty had been eaten due to the fact that miner’s fingers would have contaminated it with arsenic dust.