Northern England’s National Parks

There are fifteen national parks in the United Kingdom, ten of which are in England and four of these in the North (or five if the Peak District is counted as Northern).

At this stage most of our journeyings “Around-England” are in the northern counties so we’re going to limit ourselves chiefly to the four northern national parks for now. Emphasis so far has been on the Lake District, next will come the Yorkshire Dales, then Northumberland and the North York Moors.

The Web site addresses:

The Lake District National Park Authority

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

The North York Moors National Park Authority

The Northumberland National Park Authority

Other national parks outside the north can be found through

The UK Association of National Parks. This site includes not only web links but also information on the parks’ use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Also, don’t forget the AONBs, the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of which there are thirty-four in England, including seven in the North. More of these later.

Below is a collection of past blog posts. To see posts relating to specific locations please use the navigation bar under the header photo.

Back to the Lake District

October 31, 2015

It’s some time since I put anything on this site about the Lake District (in fact it’s some weeks since I uploaded anything at all!) so although I’ve not forgotten my plan to have more about Lancashire and Yorkshire today’s picture is of Bowness on Windermere. It was only when writing the first paragraph above […]

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Wharfedale New Year

August 8, 2014

Although published here in August this item was mostly written back in January. As it was sitting here almost finished I decided to publish it now to revive the Around England site in spite of the long delay. Our New Year outing into Wharfedale actually started in Airedale. The previous day had been wet (an […]

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National Park Extensions? Please, Not Yet!

June 4, 2013

Hearings on the proposed extensions of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks start today. I wrote most of the following on my personal Facebook account earlier this morning and then thought I should put it here too, even though I’m aware that it might well lead to losing some friends. I love both […]

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Terrible Things Happen In Beautiful Places

May 25, 2013

Starting a short walk by Goldrill Beck and Brothers’ Water this afternoon I was stopped in my tracks by this poster. What was such a gruesome image doing in such a beautiful place? The National Trust appears to have concluded that shock tactics are necessary. Far too many sheep and lambs are attacked by dogs […]

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Winter by the Water at Ullswater

April 2, 2013

Last week I drove to Glenridding, the popular village close to the head of Ullswater in the Lake District. After a walk up the hill behind the village and a retreat as the snow started to come down quite steadily, I decided to stroll along the lake to St. Patrick’s boat landing by the side […]

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Across the North – January 2013

January 15, 2013

It’s time for another news post. I haven’t done one for some time. Starting with the North West, the big news in recent days has been the Lake District National Park Authority’s rejection of an eighteen month trial installation of a Zip Wire at Honister Slate Mine, a centuries old industrial site on the side […]

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New Year’s Day at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

January 4, 2013

Leaving Appleby the sun was shining. By Penrith it was raining. At Dalemain it was bright. At Pooley Bridge there was light drizzle. And so it went on, oscillating between bright patches and light rain. Familiar Lake District weather at this time of year. Pooley Bridge, the village, was looking a little sorry for itself. […]

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Crummock Water Today

October 10, 2012

“Around-England” temporarily moved office today to The Rock, Hause Point, Crummock Water. Back in my usual base at Appleby in Westmorland tomorrow morning!

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Ullswater on a Misty Morning

October 9, 2012

Here is one of my shots from this morning. Until almost eleven o’clock there was quite a mist over the water. This was taken as it lifted.

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Across the North – October 2012 [1]

October 2, 2012

One, if not the, major theme in the Northern news in recent weeks has been flooding. My schoolboy geography lessons told me that the east of the country was drier than the west because the clouds from the Atlantic dropped most of their rain on the Lake District mountains and the Pennines before arriving on […]

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