Activity & Adventure
Walking is one of the best ways to experience the variety of landscapes on offer. From strolling through the ancient trees of the New Forest, to tramping across the heather clad North York Moors, each National Park has a series of accessible routes and walkways for everyone to enjoy.
For those with restricted mobility most of the Parks also have pathways suitable for wheelchair and buggy access. And for those who prefer to escape the well trodden paths there are plenty of wild experiences to enjoy in each of the Parks.
Water sports are a fantastic way to encounter wildlife and explore the Parks, so why not try canoeing down a river in the Brecon Beacons, or take a trip on a solar powered boat in the Broads? The coastlines of several National Parks, including the Pembrokeshire Coast offer excellent opportunities for surfing and sailing.
Using two wheels is a great alternative, with plenty of cycling routes available to help you to navigate the Parks or enjoy the thrills of mountain biking. Or why not try horse-riding in the South Downs?
The Parks can also be enjoyed from above for those who have a head for heights including by paragliding, ballooning and gliding.
Whether you are an adrenalin junkie or prefer a more sedate pace of adventure, the National Parks are waiting for you to explore them in your own unique way.
The UK Association of National Park Authorities has produced a guide to accessible activities in Britain’s National Parks. This has plenty of ideas for anyone with limited mobility, including those needing access for pushchairs and wheelchairs.