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UK National Parks’ best hidden gem named – ‘drop everything and go for it’

National Parks are increasingly popular staycation destinations. With everyone seemingly heading to the same locations, the great outdoors may not be as enjoyable as it could be. However, there are still many hidden gems to discover around the country’s national parks.

2. College Valley, Northumberland
This beauty spot is home to wildlife and ancient ruins.

One reviewer wrote: “Doesn’t get much better than this!”

While another said: “Everywhere you looked it was perfect.”

3. Gaping Gill, Yorkshire Dales
The largest underground cave chamber in Britain is a beautiful natural cave.

One reviewer said: “Wow, don’t miss this, drop everything and go for it.”

Someone else wrote: “You must try and visit Gaping Gill. It really is a fantastic place in a lovely area.

“Huge hole in the ground that could fit York Minister in!”

DON’T MISS

4. Angletarn Pikes, Lake District
The Lake District may be hugely popular, but there are still some relatively well-ket secrets.

Angletarn Pikes is a fell, home to a lake of the same name.

One reviewer said: “The tarn, the fell and the song.

“Secluded and stunning, a fairly large tarn with loads of wildlife and loads of places to stop and admire the surroundings.

“The fells offer brilliant views and after a final steep ascent, a lofty perch to admire the tarn.”

5. Skirrid Mountain, Brecon Beacons (also known as Ysgyryd Fawr)
Britons can climb up the “Holy Mountain” for great views over the countryside.

One person said: “The views from the top are breath taking.”

While another said: “One of the most beautiful peaks in the Brecon Beacons.”

6. Muir of Dinnet, Cairngorms
This national nature reserve has woodland and moors.

One reviewer said: “The scenery is stunning. Beautiful views over the loch and countryside.”

While another called the area “stunning”.

7. Denny Wood, New Forest
New Forest is England’s largest ancient woodland.

Denny wood is a campsite and dog walking spot that has been described as a “beautiful place”.

8. Ravenscar, North York Moors
This coastal village has a steep incline to the beach.

Britons can spot fossils and seals, with one reviewer writing: “Seal colony is amazing and so close when the tide is low.”

9. Stackpole Quay, Pembrokeshire
The small harbour, stony beach and clear waters are hits with visitors.

One person wrote: “A fantastic place to visit. There is a superb beach 15minutes from the car park. Or you can carry on past the beach on a 10km walk along the stunning coastline to the lily ponds and back.”

10. Grimspound, Dartmoor
This Bronze Age settlement has 24 stone hut circles and a huge boundary wall.

One reviewer said: “A truly magical spot.”

And another said: “Grimspound is one of the best prehistoric settlements in Dartmoor.”

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