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Walking in nature in our National Parks

By March 23, 2024charity news
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Walking in nature in our National Parks

With over 100 million visits recorded each year, there’s little doubt that our National Parks are treasured. But if we’re honest, how much do we personally know about the 15 Parks and their history?  As we’re walking with the trundl app to raise funds for nature protection in the Parks, we thought we would share some key facts about them.

A wide range of walking trails and nature experiences

Covering 21,932 km2, the 15 Parks across England, Scotland and Wales offer a variety of walking options that seem almost endless. From coastal paths to rolling hills, open heathland to ancient forests and historic communities, there’s undoubtedly a walk for everyone.  Particularly as the Miles Without Stiles initiative has created over 1,386 miles of accessible pathways.  Why not check out the website for each Park on the link above for wonderful route suggestions?

Nature recovery in the National Parks

As they are home to some of Britain’s most fragile habitats and species, improving biodiversity is at the heart of the National Parks’ work. The South Downs National Park in particular is on a mission to create nature everywhere. Just a few examples of their work include establishing fresh wildlife havens, planting new woods and improving existing habitats.

Importantly, they’re also working to bring nature close to everyone when we’re walking out and about. To do this, they work with farmers, land managers and local communities on projects like hedgerow planting, restoration of village ponds and creation of roadside wildflower corridors.

A map showing the 15 UK National Parks. As has been noted, people can go walking and enjoy nature in these Parks.

Things to do in the National Parks

Without question, it’s worth spending some time roaming around the National Parks excellent website. Not only are there a variety of landscapes to choose from, but there are lots of experiences too.  From walking on coastal paths, to bird-watching, to relaxing in nature and mindfulness; there’s something for everyone.

Supporting Nature in our National Parks

With our options for walking in nature under threat, the National Parks need support more than ever.  While they receive some government funds, all Parks require help from volunteers and donations to improve public access and meet nature recovery goals.


To begin with, it’s important to recognise that many companies and services are stepping up to help our environment.  Through the National Parks Partnership programme, brands of all sizes are helping to fund important conservation, well-being and education projects.


But even the smallest donation will help. If you look on local Park websites, you’ll see that £10 could fund 5 House Martin nest-boxes in Dartmoor, for instance, and £50 could plant an acre of wildflower meadow.


What’s more, you could come walking with the trundl app and help us create funds for the National Parks.  We hold fundraising walks for them across the year. And the great thing is, you can walk wherever you live and still help the National Parks!