If you’re planning a trip this year, why not make it to one of the UK’s idyllic national parks? With picturesque walks, famous beauty spots, and breathtaking wildlife right on our doorstep, getting back to nature has never been easier.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family trip with the kids, there are some great locations to choose from. Here we bring you choices to inspire, as well as some of the best pet-friendly hotels near National Parks.
1. New Forest National Park
First up on our list is New Forest National Park, which is set in the south of England close to Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury. With a vast expanse of beautiful heathlands, ancient woodland, roaming wildlife, and 26 miles of scenic coastline to explore, the New Forest really does have it all. If you’re looking for somewhere to immerse yourself in the countryside truly, the natural beauty and varied landscape are lovely here. From scenic walking and cycling trails to horse riding and golf courses, the New Forest has something for everyone.
Our Grade II listed Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel is ideally located for you to enjoy everything the New Forest and surrounding areas have to offer. The White Hart Hotel is one of our pet-friendly options, you can bring your dog along for walks, too!
2. Peak District National Park
Next up on our list is the Peak District National Park, a large mountainous area spanning from Derbyshire to South Yorkshire. With stunning valleys, rugged moorlands, and grassy dales, the Peak District has a variety of beautiful natural landscape to explore.
Split into two parts, the northern Dark Peaks are made up of wild and undulating hills, gritstone and weathered moors, while the Light Peaks further south feature lush limestone gorges and green valleys. Whichever area of the Peak District you visit, there are so many things to do in its vast and varied landscape that make it a top spot for walkers, cyclists and wildlife spotters of all ages!
With some of the Peak District’s most famous landmarks and attractions right on its doorstep, Sheffield is our favourite place to start the adventure. Our Mercure Sheffield St Paul's Hotel & Spa is ideally situated for exploring the Peaks.
3. North York Moors National Park
Last on our list is the North York Moors National Park in Yorkshire. With stunning wooded dales, vast expanses of purple heather-filled moorlands, and a dramatic coastline, there’s so much to explore in the North York Moors.
Whether you take in the views on a walk, visit an ancient abbey, or even try watersports, you can find a whole range of things to see and do amongst the beautiful, scenic landscape. If you’re looking for a natural beauty spot with a host of outdoor experiences to enjoy, the North York Moors is the perfect location.
Once you’ve experienced the picturesque landscape and activities the Moors have to offer, wind down and relax in our Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel. Situated just outside the Moors, its ideally located for exploring the National Park and its surrounding areas.
Whether you’re looking for peace and tranquillity or for fun experiences out in the heart of nature, you can find it all in each one of these beautiful National Parks. Ideal for walkers, cyclists, children and four-legged friends, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in each vast and stunning landscape. And, with our ideally located pet-friendly hotels near all these national parks, you can find the perfect place to settle down for the night, too!