Activities in the UK's national parks

Days out, Activity, The Great British Outdoors

Posted by Ed Roberts on 7th September 2021

National Parks activities

Take an action-packed activity holiday in the national parks of England, Scotland, and Wales. There are no limits to the outdoor activities you could get involved in - have the experience of your life on your next getaway.

This is a handy intro to our helpful and knowledge-packed guides to many of the fun activities that you can enjoy with kids, and your extended family in our beautiful national parks. Read on to discover where to go and where to find the best outdoor activity providers in the UK, and also the best places to enjoy some extreme sports.

Uncover our series of helpful guides created to help you find the ultimate activities holidays in our national parks.

8 of the best cycling routes in the UK's national parks

Cycling routes in the UK's national parks

A cycling holiday at one of the UK’s national parks is a popular choice for lovers of the great outdoors. Think of how much countryside you can cover on a bike! The trails that crisscross our national parks take you through some iconic scenery and to parts of the country that are remote and inaccessible to road traffic, making the effort spent worthwhile. Our guide introduces you to some of the best trails for you to try out with your loved ones, whether they are experienced, younger, or older.

Cycle routes in the national parks

30+ caves you can visit in UK national parks

30+ caves in UK national parks

Underground isn’t always the first place you think to venture on a holiday, but the earth beneath our feet is full of mystery. Showcaves can give you a tiny taste of the cave systems and awesome geological features that lie below, so we’ve compiled an in-depth guide to our national parks’ best underground visitor attractions across the UK. One of the UK's prime locations for cave exploration and visits is the Peak District National Park, with many public cave systems lying within easy driving distance of one another.

30+ national parks caves

Best railways in National Parks

Best railways in national parks

By riding on a train, you can often see amazing scenery you wouldn’t normally see roadside; this is because many of our railways in national parks connect some remote and beautiful parts of the country together. What better way to see some of the UK’s prettiest countryside than from the comfort of an old steam train? It’s a classic holiday diversion for everybody, from kids to grandparents. Check out our guide to the most beloved heritage and class railways in national parks.

National parks' best railways

Mountain bike trails

Best national park mountain bike trails

Take to the trails of the national parks on two wheels; it’s a terrific way to see the lesser-travelled regions of the UK. Seeing the countryside on your mountain trail bike (MTB) is an exciting outdoor activity to embark upon with all the family. From extremely challenging tracks to easy ones for beginners, check out our guide to the very best MTB trails in the UK’s national parks including where to hire a bike or book a course with an instructor.

Best mountain bike trails

6 unusual activities in national parks

6 unusual activities in national parks

Reach your physical and mental limits with some of these unusual activities in the UK's national parks. Many of them require you have supervision and accompaniment from experienced guides and instructors. Some fun undertakings may turn out to be a one-off whilst other experiences are the next step on the journey to becoming an accomplished adrenaline junkie for life. Read our cool guide to find out the best unusual activities to embark on in the national park for you and your loved ones, whether you are on a romantic break or a holiday escape with your kids.

Unusual activities

Self-catering holiday cottages in the UK's National Parks

Come to the UK’s national parks for your activity holiday. Your break away can be as challenging and as action-filled as you want it to be because our national parks have no end of places to test your physical limits and have fun. Stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages in the national parks.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.