2 Day National Park Walks
Our National Parks are treasures of unspoiled beauty and variety. To help you explore them the National Trust have chosen four National Park walks for you to discover on foot over 2 days – Exmoor, the Lake District, the Peak District and the South Downs.
The walks have been written by environment and travel journalist Mark Rowe. All five walking routes have been walked personally by Mark and put together with the local knowledge of National Trust rangers who are passionate about the landscapes in their care. Indeed, 40 per cent of the land that the National Trust looks after is found in National Parks.
The full two day-hikes are aimed at the more ambitious walker but they are designed for you to dip in and out of as you please over two days or more.
This 24-mile figure of eight hike on the Holnicote Estate, within Exmoor National Park, starts with an 8-mile jaunt north of Allerford, taking in Selworthy Beacon, where you’ll be rewarded with views right across the Bristol Channel to South Wales. On the second day, it’s 16 miles, again from Allerford, but this time heading south through one of the UK’s largest ancient oak woodlands, Horner Wood, before heading to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.
The allure of the great fells of the Lake District is almost irresistible, and it’s hard to pass under the nose of the highest summits without wanting to make a dart for the top. This 20-mile, two-day walk offers the chance to take in the monumental landscape of the western Lakes, as well as hike to the summit of Scafell Pike. The route is essentially two long linear walks that at times overlap, taking you over the passes from Langdale and Mickleden, often busy with hikers, to Wasdale, more lonely and remote.
The High Peak is a great introduction to the northern uplands of England; it’s where the Pennine Way begins, and where a mountain chain that forms the backbone of England makes its way north into Scotland. This two-day walk takes you away from the crowds and explores the land around the edges of the moorland of Kinder Scout and the dramatic geological fault line that lies just to the south. It really is a place where nature thrives, home to a variety of wildlife, including ravens, red grouse and peregrine falcons.
This two-day walk along the South Downs National Trail captures much of the spirit of Britain’s 15th and newest National Park, taking in sheep-grazed rolling chalk downlands and serenely secluded valleys along the way. Beginning at Steyning, just north of the town of Shoreham-by-Sea, it meanders eastwards via the South Downs escarpment, high above both Brighton and a succession of quintessentially English villages, the occasional pub to the hamlet of Southease and its train station.
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