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National Parks of the UK are usually managed by government with some substantial human settlements. There are about 10 of them in England attracting visitors with their recreational and conservational functions. This “untamed” countryside was inspiration for many poets and artists. One of the most famous national parks in England is the Lake District. It is a mountainous region with lakes and forests and annually more than 15 million people come there. Its impressive scenery can be hardly compared with any other one, while its wildlife is rather various. It is also a place of theatrical performances and gorgeous gastronomy.
Dartmoor is another protected area of moorland capped with granite hilltops called tors. These tors are a habitat for wildlife and they hide unique antiquities. It is also the land of rivers, dangerous bogs and standing stones known for its mysterious myths and legends. You can spend a whale of time there walking up and down the hills, letterboxing, kayaking or canoeing, rock climbing, fishing or just cycling.
One more national park to be mentioned is the North York Moors with its largest expanses of the UK heather moorland. Its landscape is rather various with impressive cliffs in the north, steep slopes in the west and green lowlands in the south. Only there you can appear in the purple or brown heaven, as moorlands seem to have such colors, while coastal belt has a magnificent view of the sea.
The Peak District is a diverse upland area being the first one to become a national park of England. Its landscape has rounded hills and gritstone edges, numerous rivers and beautiful valleys. It is also famous for its first long-distance footpath of the UK and valuable leisure resource including hillwalking, hiking, horse-riding, cycling, rock climbing or discovering of potholes. There are several health resorts and incredible ancient buildings dating back to the 13th century. What can be better for a family rest?