It is sometimes easy to forget that the UK has so many beautiful parks where we can get lost in nature.
Parks are wonderful spaces because they are open to all, and free to visit.
They are a perfect excuse to get some fresh air, spend time with friends and family, and of course squeeze in a picnic.
But how many parks have you visited? With the British summer in full swing, we’ve put together a list of some truly beautiful places to add to your list.
1. Hyde Park
One of the most famous parks in the world, and a great place to take in some historical sights.
Spanning 350 acres, and with a range of activities to get involved in like swimming, boating, cycling and even tennis, you will never get bored.
2. Brecon Beacons
This mountain range is in South Wales and is definitely a place to visit for those who are after some challenging activities.
You can do abseiling, rock climbing, and even a range of watersports.
No visit to Shakespeare’s hometown is complete without a trip to this sprawling park.
Set against the picturesque River Avon, there are plenty of performers to keep you entertained.
Or you can go rowing towards the RSC and take in the world famous theatre company.
4. Lake District Park
This park is home to England’s highest mountain as well as it’s deepest lake.
You can take part in a tree top trek, get involved in the adventure play area and there’s even a brewery to visit.
5. Exmoor National Park
Woodland, moorland and a lot of pretty farmland to take in.
Great for long walks and wildlife spotting.
6. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
There are over 950km of public footpaths, with easy access paths for those who have difficulty walking.
There are also paths available with no steps or stiles, so those with pushchairs or wheelchairs can get involved too.
7. Sherwood Forest
Pretend that you are Robin Hood as you get lost in a wooded area that has been around since the Ice Age.
8. Snowdonia National Park
You don’t have to climb a mountain if you make a trip here, but instead you can take in beautiful waterfalls, go fishing and even play some golf.
9. The Broads
Full of rivers and lakes, this is an ideal escape for anyone who wants to spend some time on a boat and take in all the sights without doing much walking.
10. Peak District National Park
Perfect for a ramble, and even better if you rent out one of those fancy wooden cabins with an outdoor hot tub.
Or if you prefer, you can go camping instead.
11. Lickey Hills
This country park is an ideal spot to do some wildlife watching as well as walking, horse riding and taking in the scenic views.
12. The South Downs
If you’re into nature, and great views then this is your new favourite place.
You can discover moths, dragonflies and even bats.
13. Hampstead Heath
Fancy escaping the city, but only far enough so you can immerse yourself in nature, but also see the skyline?
Don’t worry, Hampstead Heath has you covered.
14. Sutton Bank
An ideal spot for cycling, because it has numerous designated trails.
Cycle around and take in the breath taking views, which have been described as being the finest in England.