Monday, 28 July 2014

Great Britains' Best Views

National Parks Week 2014 runs from July 28 until August 3. To mark the annual event, insiders at 14 of Britain's national parks have revealed their favourite views
Peak District
"You get unforgettable views from skyline ridge walks at Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill." - Carol Parsons (read their complete guide here).
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Yorkshire Dales
"Malham Cove from above the village of Kirkby Malham. You drive from Settle over the hill tops and, just as you start to drop down, a view of this vast natural limestone amphitheatre opens up. It just completely surprises you as you don’t expect to see a cliff like that in the middle of the meadows and pastures. It catches me out every time." - Cat Kilner (read their complete guide here).

The Lake District
"We are spoilt for choice for fantastic views and my favourite is of Mickleden, at the head of Great Langdale, from the top of Side Pike. This takes in the great mountain vista of the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell, the Crinkle Crags and Pike of Blisco." - John Hodgson (read their complete guide here).

"The view from Bellever Tor, across Postbridge and up the East Dart valley, takes in many elements of Dartmoor’s scenery, a combination of tors, open moorland, the steep-sided river valley and woodland." - Mike Nendick (read their complete guide here).

The South Downs
"The spectacular view of the Seven Sisters cliffs from Seaford Head is probably the most famous; it’s allegedly one of the most popular screen savers in Japan and people come from all over the world to see it. But I prefer the views of rolling weald farmland from Harting Down in West Sussex." - Allison Thorpe (read their complete guide here).

Brecon Beacons
"If I had to pick just one place, it would have to be from Mynydd Illtud Common close to the village of Libanus. On a clear day you can see the four main hill ranges that make up the park and the view is dominated by Pen y Fan, the highest point in the National Park at 886m." - Jon Pimm (read their complete guide here).

The Cairngorms
"The 360-degree vista from the summit of Ben Macdui is a just reward for those adventurous enough to make the ascent. Ben Macdui is Britain’s second highest summit at 1,309 metres, and lies at the southern edge of the CairnGorm plateau right at the heart of the park. From this isolated vantage point, you really appreciate the unspoilt wilderness." - Mike Dennison (read their complete guide here).

"Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor. There one can appreciate the mix of forest, moor and farmland, with glimpses of the coastline and, on a sunny day, the sea sparkling in the Bristol Channel." - Dr David Brabban (read their complete guide here).

"I love the view of the Coquet Valley from Dove Crag on the Simonside Ridge, with fascinating sandstone formations in the foreground, giving way to impressive views of the Cheviots across the valley." - Gill Thompson (read their complete guide here).

The Broads
"Some of the best views are being immersed in the Halvergate marshes, particularly around the RSPB reserve at Berney Marshes. Apart from all the big skies we get in the Broads, I can’t get enough of the magic of being within the middle of a whispering reedbed that towers over my head in the summer or a still wet woodland filled with the sounds of small birds searching for a meal." - Andrea Kelly (read their complete guide here).

"Foel Drygarn, an Iron Age hill fort in the Preseli Hills." - Pete Crane (read their complete guide here).
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
"The view of Arrochar Alps from East Loch Arklet is amazing. There is also a good chance of being in the company of Black Grouse, Osprey or even Golden Eagle." - Craig Walker (read their complete guide here).

North York Moors
"Nothing beats the ever-changing view from Blakey Rigg on my drive back home – whether it’s low-lying fog in the valley or sunlight breaking through the clouds onto the moors. Sometimes I just stop the car, take in the view and let time stand still for a moment." - Sally Ann Smith (read their complete guide here).

The New Forest
"Among the ancient trees that have made the New Forest their home. We have over 1,500 ancient or veteran trees in the New Forest, some of which may be over 1,000 years old." - Gillie Hayball (read their complete guide here).
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