Discover Welsh National Parks
To celebrate National Parks Week from April 6th, why not head to some of the finest national parks in the UK? Wales is home to three beautiful parks, covering approximately 20% of the country. Considered a crucial part of the economic, environmental and social health of the country, these parks are an absolute must for nature lovers.
The breath-taking national park in Snowdonia is one of the largest in the country. Consisting of hills, lakes, waterfalls, moorlands, steam railways and castles, there’s so much to see and do in this popular park. Snowdonia was actually the third national park to be developed in Britain, and it covers approximately 2,142 square kilometres. Unlike the majority of national parks in the UK, this one consists of both private and public land. Benefitting from a fairy-tale style setting, you’ll find picture-perfect scenery and a variety of fascinating wildlife to enjoy.
Founded in 1957, six years after Snowdonia’s national park was established, the Brecon Beacons is a mountain range, covering approximately 1,344 square kilometres. Here you’ll find spectacular valleys, caves, moorlands, waterfalls and some of the most striking upland formations. Not only is the park famous for its unbeatable scenery, but it also has a wide range of outdoor activities on offer. You can partake in all kinds of adrenaline-pumping activities such as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, sailing, caving and horse riding. So, if you’re planning on travelling to a national park with the family, the Brecon Beacons is definitely one of the best to consider.
The Pembrokeshire Coast national park is the only one of its kind in the UK. Established just a year after Snowdonia, in 1952, it’s the smallest park in Wales, covering approximately 629 square kilometres. This coastal park consists of coastal pathways and stunning rugged hills. The majority of the land is privately owned so this does need to be taken into consideration when you’re visiting. You can choose to walk the beautiful coastal path which runs along the entire coastline. Or, you could take a boat trip instead.
Things to remember
Whichever Welsh national park you choose to visit, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable trip. However, there are some things to keep in mind when heading to a national park. Safety is something you’ll definitely want to prioritise. When travelling to the Snowdonia national park for example, if you plan on heading up the mountain, you’re going to need to familiarise yourself with its safety guidelines. Check weather conditions before setting off and read up on the guidelines for the specific park you’re visiting. Making sure you pack well and putting together an itinerary before you go are also good tips to follow. If you’re looking to celebrate National Parks Week, the three parks in Wales are well worth a visit. At Rare Hideaways, we have a number of great properties to stay in within close proximity of each of the country’s national parks.