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National Parks you can reach by Train

Autumn is the perfect time to get your walking boots on and explore new and exciting places, and what better for this time of year than a walk through some of the UK’s best national parks? Not only do you get to blow away from cobwebs and catch some stunning views, you will be able to watch as the leaves change and fall around you.

Getting to National Parks by train?

All of these National Parks can be reached by train, making it even simpler for you to visit and make a proper day of exploring. Don’t forget you can book your train tickets direct with redspottedhanky.com.

Exmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park is 267 square miles and contains a vast variety of landscapes from large areas of open moorland to spectacular costal views. With the coastline stretching from Minehead in the east to Combe Martin in the west, the views on the coastline are spectacular. With the varying landscapes comes various wildlife which you can find all the way from the coast right into the deep moorland. Keep an eye out for some of the UK’s rarest creatures!

Trains to Exmoor National Park:

If you’re travelling from London or the Midlands then Taunton Station and Tiverton Parkway are where you’ll arrive, which is around an hour away from Exmoor National park. There are then plenty of bus services that will take you directly to the park, or you could easily get a taxi if you so wish. If you’re travelling more locally then Barnstaple Train Station will be your best train station, which has a 30 minute travel time to Exmoor National Park.

Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park

Get lost in more than just stunning landscapes with a walk around the Brecon Beacons. Learn about the industrial heritage and rural culture in the surrounding museums, market towns and canal side villages. Take a walk around ‘Waterfall Country’, hop in a boat, cycle or even explore by horseback. There’s also plenty for you to do at night too thanks to the famously clear, starry skies.

Trains to Brecon Beacons National Park

You can get to the Brecon Beacons by train to Abergavenny Train Station , (which serves the Manchester-Cardiff line) Merthyr Tydfil Train Station or Llandovery Train Station.

Lake District National Park
Lake District National Park

Lake District National Park

The Lake District attracts people from all different corners of the country with its breath-taking views and extensive activities. There is something for everyone with a trip to the Lake District National Park. With 12 of the largest lakes in England, many flock to the Lake District to take part in many of the water activities they have to offer, however there is plenty to see on land too.

Trains to Lake District National Park:

When getting the train to the Lake District National Park, the best stations for you to look out for are Kendal Train Station , Staveley Train Station and Windermere Train Station.

New Forest National Park
New Forest National Park

New Forest National Park

The New Forest has multiple walking routes, cycling routes and great routes for you take on horseback, however if you’re feeling really adventurous try one of their open-top safari tours. Whether you’re looking for a day out with the family, a lone expedition or a romantic stroll for two, you’ll be spoiled for choice at New Forest National Park.

Trains to New Forest National Park:

Travelling to the New Forest National Park by train couldn’t be simpler with Brockenhurst Train Station , Ashurst Train Station , Beaulieu Road Train Station , Sway Train Station , New Milton Train Station , Lymington Town Train Station and Lymington Pier Train Station all servicing the park.

North York Moors National Park
North York Moors National Park

North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors are full of history provided against a beautiful backdrop created by nature. With a vibrant landscape, rich heritage and stunning wildlife, there is plenty for you to see and take in on a trip to North York Moors National Park. Travel along the paths from coast to moorlands as you soak in the rich history of Yorkshire.

Trains to North York Moors National Park:

Getting to the North York Moors by train is super simple with trains from London’s King Cross taking less than two hours. Esk Valley railway will take you straight into the heart of North York Moors National Park with main stations including Castleton Moor Train Station , Danby Train Statio n and Lealholm Train Station.

Northumberland National Park
Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park

Explore 700 miles of paths and trials throughout Northumberland National Park. Stop off along the way for some retail therapy, bites to eat, a nice drink and soak up some culture in museums and historic sites. With the darkest skies in England, head over at night and spend some time star gazing.

Trains to Northumberland National Park:

If you’re travelling from afar to get to Northumberland National Park by train, then you’ll most likely end up at Newcastle station. From there you’ll just need to hop on a train to Wylam Train Station , Prudhoe Train Station , Stocksfield Train Station , Riding Mill Train Statio n, Corbridge Train Station , Hexham Train Station , Haydon Bridge Train Station , Bardon Mill Train Station and Haltwhistle Train Station.

Trains to South Downs National Park
Trains to South Downs National Park

South Downs National Park

South Downs National Park is 1,600 square kilometres of breath-taking views with hidden gems buried in its depths. With a variety of different wildlife, stunning landscapes and an air of tranquillity you can only experience when exploring, there is something special about this national park. If you’re a Jane Austen fan then a visit is a must as the author lived and wrote here in her last years.

Trains to South Downs National Park

South Downs National is just a 60 minute train ride from London, with both Winchester Train Station and Lewes Train Station being gateways into the national park. If you’re more local, look out for Amberley Station which will place you straight into the heart of South Downs National Park.

Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park

Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park covers many different parts of Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire meaning there is plenty for you to see and explore. With 555 square miles to cover, each visit brings with it new and exciting areas for you to see and explore.

Trains to Peak District National Park:

Getting to the Peak District National Park by train is super simple thanks to neighbouring cities providing rail services to smaller villages. Look out for Hope Train Station , Edale Train Station , Matlock Train Station , Buxton Train Station and Glossop Train Station.

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