National Parks Week kicks off this month


Published Monday 11 July 2016

National Parks Week, the UK National Park family's annual celebration of Britain's breathing spaces, is now just a few weeks away.

Taking place between Monday 25 July and Sunday 31 July, this year's National Parks Week theme is ‘adventure’.

Kathryn Cook, UK Director, National Parks UK, said: 'Remember that adventure is what you make it! Our wonderfully diverse National Parks offer a great range of events and activities - there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re a thrill seeker or are looking for something a little less energetic we encourage you to get out and be a part of the incredible landscapes that make this country so unique.'

Your next National Park adventure might be closer than you think. An overwhelming majority of the UK population live within 70 miles of at least one of the UK’s 15 National Parks.

To help inspire you to make the most of our National Parks, we've put together a number of Top 15 Adventure lists offering ideas to engage you. These include ‘Adventures for the non-adventurous’, ‘Family-friendly adventures’ and ‘Quirky adventures’.

In the New Forest possible activities include:

  • Adventures for the non-adventurous - Horse riders have the freedom to roam throughout the New Forest, making it a wonderful way to appreciate the National Park’s special qualities at a sedate pace. There are a range of stables offering lessons and guided rides, details at
  • Family friendly adventures - The New Forest boasts hundreds of miles of all-terrain gravel tracks that are perfect for families to enjoy an easy walk or cycle. Use our new routes finder to search for the perfect route for you and your family:
  • Quirky Adventures - Try kayaking on the picturesque Beaulieu River for an unusual way to discover more of the New Forest. Kayak hire is available from New Forest Activities and you can travel to Beaulieu on the open-top New Forest Tour in the summer

In addition, you'll find information on events taking place during National Parks Week, and ideas on how to get out and get active. Activities include walking routes, cycling and star-gazing. You can also find information on how to travel to the National Parks sustainably, making use of our car-free guides.

To learn more about National Parks Week, as well as search a database of National Parks Week events taking place close to you, visit:

National Parks Week 2016 is supported by Natural Resources Wales.

There are 15 members of the UK's National Parks family: the Broads, Brecon Beacons, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales.

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Notes to editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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For more information, please contact:

Clare O'Connor
External Relations Manager
National Parks UK
Tel: 01398 322244
Mobile: 07772 092128

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