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National Parks Week 2013

Yes, it’s National Parks Week from 29 July to 4 August, when the National Parks Authorities are encouraging you to get out into the countryside and make these beautiful areas ‘Actively Yours’, something we whole-heartedly endorse and support.

Our self-guided walking holidays in the UK explore several of our National Parks so there’s no better time to pull your boots on and set off through some of England’s most spectacular and well-cared for landscapes – in arguably the best weather we have seen for quite some time.

Self-guided castle holidays in the UKOccupying an idyllic riverside location in the heart of Swaledale, the small market town of Reeth epitomises the appealing nature of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – quiet, traditional, unhurried, timeless… Walk from Middleham Castle to Reeth via the Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle, before following the Swale into the lively market town Richmond.

Festival time: 21-29 September 2013
The historic town of Richmond hosts its annual Walking & Book Festival, which offers a unique mix of possibilities for daytime and evening activities.

Self-guided castle holidays in the UKThe regal purple and green landscapes of the North York Moors National Park can happily be enjoyed from the windows of a nostalgic steam train – but are best viewed on foot, walking between traditional stone villages like Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham, or across the heather-clad moors from Goathland to Pickering.

Festival time: 11-24 August 2013
The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival will be providing the highest level of chamber music in some of the Park’s most historic buildings, including two concerts in St Mary’s Church in the delightful village of Lastingham, nestling quietly on the edge of the moors.

Self-guided castle holidays in the UKYou, too, could have a home like Bamburgh Castle (pictured) if you become an armaments and manufacturing baron! It’s hard to imagine that this was once one man’s home, but now a fascinating museum overlooking miles of golden sands in the Northumberland National Park.

Festival time: 1 June-30 September 2013
Not to be missed is the long-awaited return of the fabulous Lindisfarne Gospels to their spiritual home in Durham’s Palace Green Library. This awe-inspiring work of ecclesiastical art chronicles the life of St Cuthbert who lived on the Farne Islands and is buried in Durham.

Self-guided castle holidays in the UK‘Millstone Grit’ describes the coarse-grained Carboniferous sandstones of northern England, and derives from its centuries-long use for making grinding stones for watermills. Walk through the Peak District National Park today, and you can still see those that never made it to the mill…

Festival time: 30 August-1 September 2013.
Where better to sample the delights of the Peak District than at the Chatsworth Country Fair, one of the country's most spectacular annual outdoor events located in the picturesque grounds of what is widely recognised as one of England's finest stately homes.

[Other equally-good UK National Parks are available!]

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