Make your visit to Britain's world-famous national parks extra special with Classic British Hotels. Every room has a view at the at the Ilsington Hotel, located within the boundaries of Dartmoor National Park - take in breathtaking vistas of the surrounding moorland and tors or explore the countryside at your leisure, returning to this superb hotel for a delicious meal, refreshing drink or sumptuous afternoon tea in the gardens.
Tour the stunning lakeland scenery of magical Lake District and check-in with us to experience one of the finest, award-winning hotels in the Lake District - Lindeth Howe Hotel, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter with views out across Lake Windermere.
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel is a stone's throw from Snowdonia National Park and it enjoys a truly stunning setting in a 24,000 acre country estate overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Vyrnwy, mountain and woodland panoramas. Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton, is located at the gateway to the awe-inspiring Yorkshire Dales National Park. So much to see - you'll be planning your next trip before you know it...
The Brecon Beacons National Park is situated in mid-Wales. It contains some of the most spectacular and distinctive upland formations in southern Britain and covers an area of 520 square miles (1347 sq. km). It is a place steeped in history, magnificent in its natural beauty, with a multitude of things to see and do.
Visit the World Heritage Site at Blaenavon and explore landmarks of the Industrial Revolution. Go underground and experience the depths of a coal mine at Big Pit, where you will be guided by men who until recently earned their living literally at the coalface.
The Black Mountains in the east, contrasts with the tall Beacons at the centre, and the heather-covered Black Mountains at the western end. The flat-topped mountains rise close to 3,000ft (923m) and possess some of the best and deepest caves in Britain. The park also contains forests, lakes and along its southern rim a "Waterfall Country" of narrow gorges, falls and lakes.
Fabulous castles, deep show caves and fascinating museums will enthral young and old alike. Discover history in ancient hill-forts and burial sites, Roman Roads and heritage centres. An ideal place for walking, riding, mountain biking and enjoying the wide open spaces.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is a unique area of winding waterways, grazing marshes, fen and wet woodlands, and home to some of the rarest plants and creatures. It is Britain's largest protected wetland, covering 117 square miles (303 sq. km). There are 63 broads (or shallow lakes) and other areas of open water, and six rivers that provide unique habitat for a huge range of rare species, like the bittern and the swallowtail butterfly, which is found nowhere else in Britain.
For most people, the best way to explore the Broads is by water aboard a boat. It is the most enjoyable way to see this unique and enchanting wetland, with over 125 miles (200 km) of lock-free waters to explore. Motor launches are available by the hour from boat yards in all major villages in the Broads; some have electric boats that are quieter and better for the environment. The Broads Authority also runs electric boat trips around the Broads. Time to relax and enjoy yourselves both on land and on many kilometres of lock-free navigable waterways.
By virtue of its outstanding natural beauty, Dartmoor was one of the first National Parks to be designated in Britain. It is a beautiful moorland landscape with wooded valleys and wind swept Tors covering 368 square miles (953 sq. km). Walking is perhaps the most popular way of enjoying Dartmoor National Park and the public can wander freely on foot or horseback over Dartmoor common land and other access land which amounts to around half of the National Park area. There are also over 400 miles (600 kilometres) of public rights of way.
The Lake District National Park in the north-west of England is the largest of England's National Parks, covering 885 square miles (2,292 sq. kilometres) of fells, dales, lakes and villages. The Lake District National Park includes England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike), the longest lake (Windermere) and the deepest lake (Wastwater). There are rare wildlife such as red squirrels and ospreys.
There are more than 3,500 kilometres of public rights of way for all abilities and outstanding opportunities for walkers, anglers, climbers, canoeists, horse riders and cyclists. Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and many other writers and artists have been inspired by this area of natural beauty where they lived. Experience a special 'Mountain Goat Tour', which can be organised from your hotel, and explore the area and its history by mini-bus.
The New Forest is situated in the deep south of England, between the urban areas of Southampton and Bournemouth. One of the most striking features of the Forest is the open expanse of semi-natural vegetation at its heart. Here an ancient lowland landscape of heathland, bogs, woodlands and streams, is still maintained through the grazing of thousands of New Forest ponies and cattle.
Many people come to enjoy the freedom and tranquillity of the 'Open Forest' and to see the its famous wild ponies. Exbury Gardens in the Park contains world famous displays of rhododendrons and azaleas. But the Open Forest is only part of the story: the network of small and attractive towns and villages that surround it have always been intrinsically linked with the Park area.
The Moors are a familiar sight to those fans of popular television series such as "Heartbeat". The North York Moors National Park covers 550 square miles (1,424 sq. km). Here you can experience the vast open space of moorland, listen to the call of the upland birds, walk for miles and miles or sit and watch the world go by. Wander through woods, saunter through picturesque villages of honey sandstone, throw pebbles in a stream or build sandcastles on the beach.
The colours on the predominantly high ground range from the purple of heather in August to the bronze of dying bracken in autumn. From the bluebell speckled ancient woods and farmed dales crisscrossed with drystone wall to tumbling fishing villages and curved-billed curlews. All around are the signs of past generations, historic abbeys, embattled castles, churches, crosses, ancient routes and the local culture and traditions here remain strong.
Northumberland National Park is 405 square miles (1,049 sq. km) stretching from the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site in the south to the Cheviot Hills along the Scottish border to the north. Through its heart run majestic rivers where otters play and salmon leap. It supports many rare species of animals and plants including black grouse, red squirrel, white clawed crayfish and bog orchid. A fifth of the National Park is covered by heather moorland. Northumberland National Park is one of the most tranquil areas in Britain with some of the darkest night skies, distant views and wide open spaces.
The Northumberland National Park is one of the most important archaeological landscapes in the world, unsurpassed for the quality and quantity of its archaeological remains. The best preserved sections of Hadrian's Wall, at the Hadrianâs Wall World Heritage Site, can be found between Gilsland and Chollerford.
A wonderful network of quiet lanes links picturesque villages where pubs and cafes provide cosy breaks. Walkers can savour the silence and the beauty of the open fell, stroll through wild forests, or wander alongside peaceful waters.
The Peak District National Park covers 555 square miles (1,437 sq. km) at the southern end of the Pennines between Sheffield and Manchester. It was Britain's first National Park. Although mostly in Derbyshire it covers parts of six counties. Because of its accessibility and position at the heart of England, it is one of the most heavily visited National Parks in the world.
From the magnificent stately home of Chatsworth - the Palace of the Peak, to the exhilaration of Alton Towers - Britain's No 1 Theme Park, the Peak District offers a wealth of places to visit. Venture underground and explore fascinating caves, relax besides ancient waterways and reservoirs or indulge your passion for shopping in one of the traditional market towns. It is home to such nationally known products as Buxton Mineral Water, Hartington Stilton and the delicious Bakewell Pudding.
The Peak District is the perfect playground for walkers, cyclists, nature lovers and adrenalin junkies. If you are looking for active adventure, thereâs a huge range to choose from including walking, cycling, climbing, water sports, and paragliding. If you prefer to relax with a round of golf or a spot of fishing, youâll find plenty of excellent locations to indulge your passion. There's also a wide choice of arts and craft, wildlife and nature, and other special interest activities on offer.
Britain's only truly coastal national park covers 240 square miles (620 sq. km) of spectacular landscape around the south-western shore of Wales. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and fascinating history make it a very special place to explore and enjoy.
The stunning coastline can be seen at its best from the spectacular coast path, a designated national trail, stretching 186 miles (299 km) from north to south. It offers safe, sandy beaches ideal for families, as well as rugged cliffs and secluded rocky coves. Tree-lined estuaries and open moorland are all features of the area. Wild flowers flourish in the mild climate and there are famous seal and sea bird colonies. Offshore lie the unique islands of Pembrokeshire, each with its own special character.
The area's fascinating past is ever-present in prehistoric tombs, Celtic crosses, Norman castles, medieval churches, Victorian forts and historic towns and villages. Britain's smallest city can be found within the Park - St.Davids - which possesses a Cathedral dating back to the 12th century. With over 1000 km of footpaths and bridleways, walking is an ideal way of exploring the beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Snowdonia covers 823 square miles (2,131 sq. km) of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in north-west Wales and was designated a National Park in 1951. The Welsh name for Snowdonia is Eryri (the haunt of the eagle). This is superb country for the walker. The mixture of mountain, lake and deep valley creates some of the loveliest scenery in North Wales. There are more National Nature Reserves in Snowdonia than in any other National Park in Britain.
The South Downs is one of England's finest landscapes and the newest designated National Park, covering 632 square miles (1,637 sq. km).
The Downs are steeped in history, with ancient hill-forts, barrows, Roman road and deserted medieval villages representing a long continuity of human influence, resulting in a rich diversity of natural habitats including flower-studded chalk grassland, ancient woodland and the particularly rare chalk heathland. The highest point on the South Downs is Butser Hill at 270 metres (888 feet). The short but magnificent coastline, which includes the Seven Sisters cliffs and Beachy Head, is shown in images of England throughout the world.
The South Downs contain a truly stunning range of landscapes which have inspired generations of writers and artists including Gilbert White, Kipling, William Blake, Tennyson, Turner, Constable, and more recently the environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. It is also very popular with those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as walking, cycling and horse riding.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers some of England's most beautiful and inspiring countryside. Spread across 684 square miles (1,773 sq. km), The Yorkshire Dales, sitting astride the central Pennine, is a sympathetic blend of pastoral valleys, delightful waterfalls, heather-covered grit-capped fells, flower-rich hay meadows, intricate patterns of dry-stone walls, field barns and stone villages. There are over 20 main dales, each differing in character and atmosphere. The hills are riddled with limestone caves that date back to the Ice Age.
The Park boasts Britain's most famous long distance footpath, the "Pennine Way", which crosses the park from north to south. This windswept land of heather and wild moors became the inspiration of the classic work by the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
This Park has featured in several television series and films including "Emmerdale", Kevin Costner's film "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves" and Calendar Girls. If you are a fan of James Herriot, then a trip to Askrigg in Upper Wensleydale is a must - parts of it stood in for the fictional 'Darrowby' in the TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small'.
From charming churches to raging waterfalls, thriving nature reserves to nostalgic steam railways, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is brimming with great places to visit. Whether you are seeking a gentle stroll or a more strenuous ramble, the Yorkshire Dales is also a great place to stretch your legs.