National Parks Week 2015 kicks off Monday 27 July with the theme “Landscapes of Plenty.” Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire National Parks feature some of the most diverse scenery in the UK—from their rolling mountains to winding river gorges, there is plenty to explore. Here are our top picks for places to visit and stay during National Parks Week.
Visit: Brecon Beacons National Park– Explore the beautiful lakes, relax beside rushing waterfalls, or adventure on horseback. Experience the rural culture within the park and walk some of the finest paths in Europe.
Stay In: Meadow View Granary – This spacious converted 17th century granary store is surrounded by incredible views and wildlife. Set in a secluded, lush green valley, there are numerous walks available from the door. Sleeps 5. Weeks from £382.
Stay In: The Rising Sun– With wonderful views and an enclosed garden, this stone fronted cottage is a great choice for park exploration. Sit outside and enjoy a meal with the peaceful sounds of nature around you. Sleeps 4. Weeks from £445.
Stay In: Bailea Stable Cottage– Experience the panoramic views of the green hillside just outside this contemporary converted stable block. Explore the Bailea family farm and taste water from the mountain spring. After a long day of walking and cycling on nearby routes, enjoy a dip in the Jacuzzi bath. Sleeps 2. Weeks from £458.
Stay In: Lisa’s Cottage– Below the Talybont Resevoir, this spacious family house is great for bird watching, fishing and enjoying the vast amount of wildlife in the area. Waterfalls and mountain peaks are just a few minutes away, and there are plenty of scenic biking and walking paths. Sleeps 8. Weeks from £645.
Stay In: Cornwall Farm– This farmhouse has a beautiful view of the hillside and is perfect for relaxing or going for a mountain walk. The home features an enclosed garden, a small pond and stylish furniture. Sleeps 10. Weeks from £1,153.
Visit: Snowdonia National Park– The largest national park in Wales has breath-taking landscapes that are perfect for a peaceful holiday. From the rolling mountains to the winding river gorges, there is plenty to explore.
Stay In: Rhyd-Fudr– This charmingly restored Welsh mountain cottage is comfortable and spacious. Venture to the mountains and beaches during the day and cosy up by the wood burner for a peaceful peaceful evening. This traditional house has amazing views of the rolling Snowdonia valleys and wonderful walks to explore. From £755 for 7 nights based on 2 staying. Sleeps 4.
Stay In: Ty’r Gofalwr– This former coach house and dairy has been beautifully renovated in the heart of Snowdonia. The house features 14 acres of lush grounds, on which stand an art gallery, a coffee shop and a restaurant. Visitors won’t have to go far for beautiful natural sights, as the mountain walks to the beaches are nearby. Sleeps 4. From £719 for 7 nights based on 2 staying.
Stay In: Aberdyfi House– This converted sea captain’s house features beautiful views of the golden sands and the Aberdovey sea. Walk for miles on the beach or explore the glacial valleys of Snowdonia, and spend the night relaxing at this quiet, comfortable escape. Sleeps 7. From £1319 for 7 nights based on 2 staying.
Visit: Pembrokeshire National Park – This stunning national park has features a spectacular coastline, where visitors can walk along the golden sands and look for dolphins and seals in the fresh air.
Explore: Preseli Venture – 27-31 July – Family Adventure Holiday- Stay in the 5 Star Eco Lodge with a range of rooms and locally sourced, home cooked food. Experience exciting adventures, from coasteering to sea kayaking, under expert guidance from professional guides. Unwind on the spectacular cliff top during a coastal path walk and round off the day in the local beach. From £479 Adults, £375 child. Special offer – one child goes FREE if you book a family of 4 or more.
Stay In: Stablau Ty Hen – This charming restored barn is stylish and surrounded by spectacular views of the countryside. Explore the footpath outside that runs down to the river and watch for the wildlife that is teeming in the area. Sleeps 2. From £749 for 7 nights based on 2 staying.
Stay In: Beaudy Ty Hen – Located in one of the most picturesque valleys in the national park, Gwaun Valley, this converted cottage has a contemporary interior and spectacular views of the outdoor meadow filled with vibrant wildflowers. Walk along the Coastal Path or visit the botanical gardens nearby. Sleeps 2. From £829 for 7 nights based on 2 staying.