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Nature of Great Britain - national parks and reserves for active recreation

The climate in the UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, so the average temperature in the country is higher than in other countries of this latitude. Due to the peculiarities of the location, there are lots of cloudy days. They make up to 50% a year. The least precipitation and most sunny days are observed in the county of Essex. In the UK, a large system of national parks is established. It allows preserving forests and the unique ecosystem. Most of these parks are on the territory of England. Several reserves are also located in the territory of Wales and Scotland. One of the largest national parks is Lake District in the county of Cumbria. It is very popular among tourists and local residents.
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The landscape of the park was formed 15 thousand years ago when the ice age has ended. Its modern relief is a wide valley, which is stretched at the foothills. There, you can find corrie basins, which are originally melted glaciers. The centuries-old oak forests grow below. The lowlands are occupied by swamps and moors lying among the picturesque mountain ranges. There is a large wasteland in the park. In the southern part of Wales, there is the Brecon Beacons National Park, the town of Brecon, as well as a large number of small towns, ancient villages, Welsh castles, and relics from the Celtic times. This national park can boast with the most famous cave complex in Western Europe, Dan yr Ogof. There are several hiking trails in the park. The most famous is the Bwrch To Tor y Foel, from which scenic views open.
Yorkshire Dales National Park is 80 kilometers north of Manchester in Yorkshire. It is very popular among tourists. Annually, it is visited by more than 8 million people. The park has hiking trails. There are several small villages and charming towns on its territory. Tourists will be interested in strolling or cycling along one of the special trails. The longest one stretches for 429 kilometers. You can also enjoy horseback riding in the neighborhoods or visiting the cave system. Most of the area of ​​the park is covered by plains, where you can see herds of goats and sheep grazing. The park also hosts several major historical attractions. One of them is Bolton Castle, which is famous and popular among tourists. In addition to it, you can visit the waterfalls of Aysgarth, Kotli Spout, and the railway viaduct. There are only 2 national parks on the territory of Scotland - Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and Cairngorms. Loch Lomond features a huge number of mountain peaks. The highest of them is Ben Moore with a height of 1174 meters above sea level. The park has the longest walking trail in Scotland, the Great Path. There are many historical sights and ruins of castles along this trail. During the walk, it is worth to visit the castles of Bulloch and Carrick, built in the 15th century. Those who want to stay for the night will be able to spend time in a hostel set in a very impressive old building. Another attraction of Scotland is Loch Ness. It became known due to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, which was seen repeatedly by local residents. On the shore of the lake, there is a museum dedicated to this legend. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Devon county has another national park with traces of people of prehistoric times. The Dartmoor Park is predominantly a marshy area among small hills. Once these wastelands were official royal hunting grounds. Today, you can meet the half-wild Dartmoor pony there. Finds of the Bronze Age were discovered in caves. There was a town of Exeter founded by the Romans. The New Forest National Park was a favorite place of William the Conqueror for hunting the deer. Today, deer, doe, Chinese muntjak, as well as unique New Forest ponies live on its grounds.
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Famous places and sights of Great Britain

Craigievar Castle

From the series “The Greatest Castles of Scotland”
Craigievar Castle is placed on the territory of Aberdeenshire. It is one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland. The seven-stored castle was finished in 1626, originally it was built as a residence of Sempill family. The great castle with marvellous towers and façade is painted in a light rose colour. This is a good example of baronial Scottish style. Sempill family was owners of this castle until 1963 and then it came under the responsibility of the National Trust for Scotland.

Craigievar Castle is a unique castle because there weren’t held many battles. 400-year-old castle has saved its unique elements of decoration. During the excursion, visitors can see a Great Hall that earlier was used for solemn events. If tourists look at the balconies for the musicians they will see … Read all

Urquhart Castle

From the series “The Greatest Castles of Scotland”
Urquhart Castle sits beside Loch Ness Lake in the Highlands of Scotland. Today the castle is partly ruined but still attracts tourists. Most people come to the shores of the lake to see Nessy and in addition visit this old castle.

Urquhart Castle was established in the 13th century. For about 150 years it was the main zone of battles that were made for Scotland independence. At the end of the 17th century during the battle, the fortress was exploded. Until the 20th century, the ruined castle was empty. Then the historical building was given to the government and only at this time there were organized excursions.

Urquhart Castle is placed in a picturesque area. It is surrounded by spacious fields and fertile lands which are used by locals for agriculture. The castle is situated at the … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Great Britain

London
Outdoor enthusiasts should definitely not forget to visit Regent's Park. In the beginning of the 19th century many beautiful villas were built on its territory. Here was also created an artificial lake and were planted thousands of trees. Nowadays locals and travellers come to the park to admire a beautiful garden of roses, relax under the shade of ancient trees and make a boat ride on the lake. Piccadilly is one of the most famous streets of the city. During a walk on it you will see various … Read more
Edinburgh
Princes Street is an excellent place for long unhurried walks. It was built in the 19th century and was named in honor of the sons of the royal family. During a walk through the picturesque street you will see a beautiful garden named Princes Street Gardens. The street is also the location of numerous interesting shops. Royal Mile Street is a no less charming place. This is the city’s main street, and so many interesting legends are connected with it. Locals say that during a walk on this … Read more
Blackpool
The Promenade is also the location of a large part of Blackpool’s cultural institutions. Louis Tussaud's Museum is one of them. The museum exhibits a large collection of wax figures, which are devoted to well-known political figures, athletes and artists. It should be noted that Wax Museum is a fairly "democratic" institution, so a visit to it won’t cost you much. An ancient train is another attraction of Blackpool. The first start of the tram was held in 1885. The tram runs around the … Read more
Manchester
The collection of the museum features inestimable archeological discoveries, significant historical artifacts as well as art objects. The museum is one of the most visited cultural destinations of the city. City visitors have a chance to explore unique architectural landmarks. The most remarkable and significant spot among them is the Manchester Cathedral. Its construction was held in the middle of the 15th century. In a remarkable way the Cathedral is preserved in its original appearance till … Read more
York
Jorvik Viking Centre is one more interesting cultural institution. This is a huge museum dedicated to legendary Vikings. It features a huge collection of exhibits that are very diverse. Here you will find models of old ships, maps, and antique weapons, as well as many other historical artifacts related to the legendary conquerors. The Vikings have played a huge role in the development of the city. In the 10th century York was the capital of the Kingdom of Vikings. The suburban area of the … Read more
Glasgow
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a no less popular cultural institution, which often becomes the venue for numerous musical events. Here visitors can get to a performance of a popular rock or jazz band, or attend a classical music concert. Speaking of attractive museums, we simply cannot fail to mention St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art. This is an original institution that provides its visitors with information on diversity of world religions. Here guests of the museum can see an … Read more
Birmingham
A beautiful church of St. Chad was built in the middle of the 19th century. The church is a stunning example of marvelous Gothic style. The beautiful cathedral is graceful and strong, romantic and emotional – a true must-see place of interest. During the excursion make sure you do not forget to observe the inner decoration of the cathedral, which is also a striking example of elegance and refinement. Barber Institute of Fine Arts is one more notable sight of Birmingham. Tourists are … Read more
Liverpool
Liverpool will be loved by fans of sport. Here, on the territory of "Enfield” stadium, are played the games of the famous football club that has fans in every city of the world. If you want to learn a lot about the history of the city, you should definitely visit Merseyside Maritime Museum. There are also some very unusual places among the city's museums. For example, Customs & Excise museum will tell its visitors about the history of smuggling. Fans of art are advised to attend the excursion … Read more

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