National Parks Week

Discover National Parks Week: 22 – 29 July 2018

Secret coves, historic hillforts, ancient forests and tranquil lochs are all waiting to be discovered this National Parks Week.Let's get social!

National Parks Week is the annual National Park family festival championing all that is unique and special about National Parks. This year’s festival takes place Sunday 22 to Sunday 29 July and celebrates the countless opportunities to get outside and discover the length and breadth of the UK’s 15 National Parks.

From treasure trails and seaside safaris to guided forest walks and local food and drinks, there are a series of diverse events on offer.

The week kicks off with wildlife friendly events across the country. Nature enthusiasts can join an Evening Deer Search in Exmoor National Park on Tuesday 24 July from 19:00 to 21:00. Join a National Park Ranger for an evening of exploration and searching for deer. Meet at Ashcombe car park, Simonsbath SS774395 / TA24 7SH, it’s free!

In the Yorkshire Dales National Park on Tuesday 24 July, join Secret Squirrel from 14:00 to 16:30. National Park Wildlife Conservation Officer Ian Court will show you how to find red squirrels and other wildlife on this gentle 1½ mile (2.4km) stroll through the tranquil woods. It’s £5 for adults, and £2 for under 16s. Meet at Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes, DL8 3NTHeading east, to the North York Moors National Park on Thursday 26 July, join the Cleveland Way National Trail, the National Trust and the National Park from 10.30 to 16.00 on a Geocaching Treasure Hunt. Search for hidden treasure using GPS units, searching for clues and goodies in hidden boxes along the way. It’s £5 per family, plus £20 deposit for the GPS unit. Meet at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby, YO21 2NB.

For joggers, racers and dawdlers alike, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is playing host to the Balloch Run ‘n’ Park on Saturday 28 July, 09:30 at Balloch Castle Country Park. There’s a 2k and 5k run, starting just inside the main gates. There is no registration, no fee and no official recording of times, just turn up for a Run in the Park! It’s suitable for all ages.

If you’re keen to lend a helping hand this National Parks Week, discover your inner volunteer with the Roborough Rock Volunteers in Dartmoor National Park. Join the National Park Rangers on Saturday 28 July 2018 between 10:00 - 15:00 and help to revive and conserve the fascinating Roborough Down area. Meet at Roborough Rock, grid ref SX515 672.