Two-day National Parks walks
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As part of our walking festival, we are launching a suite of two-day walks in National Parks, in countryside cared for by the National Trust.
We have chosen five National Parks to explore en foot - Exmoor, the Lake District, Snowdonia, the Peak District and the South Downs.
Whether moorland, woodland or mountains our walks will take you through some of the best landscapes that Britain has to offer.
The walks have been written by environment and travel journalist Mark Rowe. All five walking routes have been walked personally by Mark and designed with local knowledge from National Trust Rangers along the way. Our local teams are passionate about the landscapes in their care and were keen to share their thoughts with Mark on what makes their area of National Park so special.
Rebecca Newton, the Trust's Trails and Outdoors Editor who has worked with Mark to create the walks says: 'If you fancy a real leg stretcher then our series of two-day walks are for you! In contrast to the many short, easy to follow walks we have on our website, these lengthy hikes are aimed the more ambitious walker and designed for you to dip in and out of as you please, over two days or more.'
National Parks are protected areas because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage. It may surprise you to learn that we care for over
303585.576 acres of land in National Parks.
We work closely with the National Park Authority to ensure that these special landscapes are protected and welcome thousand visitors every year to share in these magical places.
Our 2 day walks
- 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.
- This 21 mile two-day walk will take you across two dominant mountain ranges in Snowdonia's National Park: The Carneddau, named after the many cairns you'll find along the top, and the Glyder range, which gets its name from 'cludair', meaning 'a pile'. The whole area is steeped in history and you'll pass fractured remnants of Iron Age and Bronze Age settlements against a backdrop of dry-stone walls.
- 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.