The UK’s Green Spaces: Best National Parks and Nature Reserves

4. Northumberland, England

Northumberland is one of England’s most remote national parks, known for its vast expanses of heather moorland, dark skies, and rich history. Highlights include:

  • Walking along Hadrian’s Wall, the famous Roman fortification
  • Stargazing in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park
  • Spotting rare birds like the curlew and black grouse

5. Peak District, England

England’s first national park, the Peak District offers a mix of gentle hills and rugged moorlands. Hiking highlights include:

  • Climbing Mam Tor for panoramic views across the park
  • The Limestone Way, showcasing the White Peak’s geology
  • Kinder Scout, site of the 1932 Mass Trespass which paved the way for national parks

6. Brecon Beacons, Wales

The Brecon Beacons is known for its wide open spaces, waterfalls and Dark Sky Reserve status. Top hikes include:

  • Pen y Fan, the highest peak in south Wales
  • The Four Waterfalls Walk, taking in some of the park’s most beautiful falls
  • Easier canal side walks along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Top Nature Reserves in the UK

1. Rutland Water, East Midlands

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