5 National Parks to visit this Spring by Charlotte Elizabeth #Travel #Nationalparks #UK

Between city air pollution, political tensions and the general stresses of modern life, this Spring is the perfect time to head to the countryside for a break! The new #switchoffandreconnect campaign from Columbia Sportswear is encouraging just that; collaborating with the UK’s National Parks to inspire you to explore the great outdoors.

Working in partnership with UK National Parks, Columbia Sportswear is helping safeguard the scenic landscapes and natural beauty of the parks for years to come. National Parks rangers are now fully kitted our for the varying terrains and weather conditions with Columbia Sportswear gear, helping the brand stress test their latest apparel and provide feedback to develop the best products. In keeping with Columbia’s “It’s perfect. Now make it better.” mantra, the new London Carnaby Street store showcases boots and garments worn by the National Park rangers, and details the improved technical specifications.

TV presenter Gabby Logan and her family visited many National Parks as part of the #switchoffandreconnect campaign, enjoying a digital detox and range of outdoor activities. Follow her lead and plan a visit to one of the UK’s 15 National Parks to escape to the country, connect with nature and experience a new adventure. These top five will be particularly beautiful in the Spring…

5. New Forest

Located just two hours from London, The New Forest is beautiful for a walk or cycle, and full of fascinating wildlife. With horses and ponies being a huge part of the New Forest’s culture heritage, its a great place to try horseback riding.

4. Brecon Beacons

The living, working landscape of the Brecon Beacons will allow you to let out your adventurous side. Qualified instructors lead a huge range of activities to satisfy even adrenaline junkies; abseiling, rafting and paragliding are all on offer in the park.

3. Cairngorms

This breathtaking Scottish park features the beautiful Loch Morlich beach, ideal for a waterfront stroll as the weather warms. The lochs and rivers of this National Park are amongst the purest in the world, famous for their quality and their salmon fishing.

2. Broads

The Broads offer a great selection of activities for families, with live entertainment, zoos, theme parks and miniature railways. The famed Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth hosts acts from all over the world in spectacular displays.

1. The Lake District

Recently winning UNESCO World Heritage Centre status, The Lake District has picturesque maintains and lakes in abundance. Explore the world of Beatrix Potter, or Swallows and Amazons fans can sail around ‘Wild Cat Island’ on Coniston Water.

Wherever you choose to explore to #switchoffandreconnect, plan a visit to Columbia Sportswear first to make sure you’re kitted out like a ranger.

Thank you to freelance writer Charlotte Elizabeth for writing this post.