Published: August 12, 2019
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a keen hiker or prefer a leisurely afternoon stroll, there’s something special about exploring the coast or countryside by foot. The Best of British Parks are the perfect base for a walking holiday in the UK, set within prime locations near national parks, areas of natural beauty and famous walking routes. Our holiday parks are a great place to relax and recuperate after a long day of walking, boasting excellent facilities allowing you to wash and dry kit and refuel on delicious food ready for the next day. We even have holiday parks with hot tubs allowing you can to lay back and sooth aching legs!
Here’s our top pick of just 5 of our favourite places to walk near Best of British parks.
The South West Coast Path stretches from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. The whole route is 630 miles long and takes approximately 52 days to finish, so it’s common for walkers to split the journey into smaller manageable sections. The entire route has spectacular views out to sea and boasts an ever-changing coastline with a rich geological history. The path includes the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO world heritage site and many nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest. The coast path was originally forged by coastguards and fisherman and provides an excellent opportunity to try and spot flora, fauna and a variety of wildlife. We have holiday parks along the whole route, ideal for stopping to rest tired legs and enjoy some time to relax. Some even have direct access onto the coast path.
Fife coastal path
Scotland is renowned for its beauty and what better way to discover it than by foot. The Fife Coastal Path is 117 miles long and links the Tay and Forth estuaries. The route offers walkers a peak at hidden coves, prehistoric caves and a chance to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland. During the walk you will also pass through a number of pretty fishing villages, which give an insight into the history and traditions of the region.
South Downs National Park
South Downs National Park is England’s newest national park, receiving official designation in 2011. The park comprises of some of the most beautiful scenery on the south east coast and has more than 3,000 km of footpaths to explore. With a selection of excellent pubs, cafés and pretty villages to sample and a number of clearly marked routes for all abilities, South Downs National Park is an excellent choice for walkers of all abilities. If you’re feeling particularly energetic you could challenge yourself to walk the South Downs Way during your stay, which is almost 100 miles in length and sits entirely within the national park. During this 100 miles walk you will get to experience views over the famous chalk cliffs as well as iron age hill forts and bronze age burial mounds.
The Peddars Way is a historic pathway through the Norfolk countryside. It was first forged in the bronze age, before becoming a strategic military route in Roman times. The 46-mile path way cuts through stunning surroundings and offers a changing mix of landscapes, including countryside, woodland, heathland and farmland. The pathway has been designated a National Trail and is relatively easy under foot.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia is considered one of the best places to walk in the whole of the UK and offers spectacular views over the Welsh countryside. Of course, one of the most popular routes is to the summit of mount Snowdon, however there are other beautiful peaks to discover during your stay, all offering beautiful views and shrouded in myths and legends. If you don’t fancy scaling a mountain during your stay there are a number of circular routes and marked pathways to follow. The Snowdonia Slate Trail is particularly popular and gives and insight into Welsh heritage.