UK's National Parks: A short historic film

A signpost marking the way | Dan Briston
A signpost marking the way | Dan Briston

How did the UK’s National Parks come to be?

UK's National Parks are the country's most iconic and awe-inspiring landscapes – a source of wellbeing, adventure, community and connection with nature for millions of people.

Take a step back through history and watch a short film, which was shown in the UK cinemas during the 1930s.

The film captures the battle to preserve the UK's landscapes and natural treasures. It reflects a pivotal time when public pressure reached a breaking point amidst conflicts between landowners and people demanding greater access to the countryside. 

Momentum was built and eventually led to the landmark year of 1949, when the groundbreaking National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act was passed. The law gave way to better protecting the UK's natural landscapes and providing recreational opportunities and accessibility for the public to explore and appreciate UK's outdoors.

 

Today, the UK is home to 15 magnificent National Parks, each offering diverse wildlife and beauty:

England (10 National Parks)

Wales (3 National Parks)

  • Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)
  • Pembrokeshire Coast
  • Eryri (Snowdonia)

Scotland (2 National Parks)

See the stunning National Parks of the UK as they are today by exploring their trails on foot or by bike – find your active holiday.

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Comment (1)

Louise wall

I live in Canada but have had the great pleasure to hike in the Lake District and in other parts of England.
I am grateful for the preservation of such special landscapes.

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