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Celebrating the UK's national parks

The UK’s national parks are natural treasures and cultural cornerstones, and this year they’re turning 70

By Connor McGovern
Published 10 Apr 2019, 12:46 BST
Peak District
Peak District
Photograph by Kieran Metcalfe

There’s good reason to get out and explore the UK’s 15 national parks this month: to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the passing of the Act of Parliament that led to their creation. To encourage visitors to explore the nation’s green lungs, Discover National Parks Fortnight (6-21 April) is highlighting all the family-friendly outdoor events on offer, from treasure trails to Segway safaris. And if you need further inspiration, take a look at these spectacular entries in the UK National Parks’ celebratory photography competition. Almost 1,500 snappers entered, with Kieran Metcalfe’s moody, misty shot of Derbyshire’s Parkhouse Hill, in the Peak District National Park, clinching first prize.

Short-eared owl, Pembrokeshire Coast
Photograph by Steve Burnett
Snowdonia
Photograph by Gareth Mon
Pembrokeshire Coast
Photograph by Thomas Brown

See the full list here

nationalparks.uk
cnp.org.uk

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Published in the April 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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