National Parks’ Week – A Special Diamond Anniversary

Traditional stone barn in the Lake District National Park

National Parks’ Week, Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August

The other day I read something I would like to share with you.

This year our National Parks are celebrating the 60th anniversary of  The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 which paved the way for the  creation of today’s 14 UK National Parks, 49 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), 294 National Nature Reserves and 2,900 miles of National Trails.

To mark this special diamond anniversary year, a new website has been created with information about the UK’s National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Tails and National Nature Reserves and other protected areas. The website also includes details of more than forty spectacular walks with free downloadable maps and easy to follow descriptions including details of public transport available, parking and refreshments nearby. There is a wide variety of walks available; some easy ones suitable for a family and some more challenging for those who want to stretch their legs.

This year’s National Parks’ Week, Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August, promises to be bigger and better than ever with a host of exciting events for everyone to enjoy. The Week is dedicated to raising public awareness of Britain’s National Parks and to celebrate their beauty, diversity and the wide range of opportunities they offer for recreation and enjoyment.

Without all 14 of our National Parks a staggering 120 million of us each year would be without those well loved and fantastic recreational areas which cover 8862 sq miles. Over 443 miles of coastline would not be accessible to us all and over 433,000 people would not be able to call our National Parks home.
I remember introducing my own son to The Lake District National Park and I now realise that because of that far-sighted Act 60 years ago the same privilege will be available to him with his children. Sustainability in action!

For details of the huge range of events, many of them free, being held all over the country during National Parks Week visit our National Parks Week events page. These include Seaside Safaris in Exmoor National Park, a Family Stroll to a Working Farm in the Lake District, be an Archaeological Detective for a Day in the North York Moors and a Dry Stone Walling open day in Northumberland.

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