Six Down, Nine to Go: Celebrating National Parks Week

The UK’s fifteen national parks are an eclectic mix of landscapes, ranging from heather-clad moorland, rolling hills and craggy fells to expansive lochs, wooded valleys and sandy beaches. They’re home to our highest peaks, our deepest lake and miles upon miles of trails for everyone to enjoy. Oh, and millions of sheep (of which the Lake District’s hardy Herdwicks are by far the cutest). I’ve visited six of our national parks to date – some on multiple occasions, others just the once – and each of them holds a place in my heart.

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Snowdon: 1085m Above Wales

Surrounded by stunning scenery, Snowdon sits in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, a stone’s throw from the small mining town of Llanberis. It’s an easy day trip from neighbouring towns and cities; from Chester it’s only an hour’s train ride to Bangor (the nearest mainline train station), followed by a forty minute bus journey (the current timetable for the 85/86 bus can be viewed here) to Llanberis. If you’re travelling by public transport, it’s best to make your way up the mountain in the morning, giving you plenty of time to take in the incredible views and hopefully eliminating any chance of missing the last bus back to Bangor!

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