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    Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:01 -

    It’s National Parks Week – the annual week-long celebration of Britain's incredible green spaces.

    A range of events and activities have been organised for each of the 15 National Parks between 28 July – 3 August, including top activities for families and adults-only guided walks.

    So to help you decide where to go, we’ve compiled a list of five national parks dotted around the country that you can visit. Make sure you check the weather before you head out!

    Cairngorms – Situated in Scotland, it's Britain's highest and biggest mountain range. The park is 4528 sq kilometres (1748 sq miles), twice the size of the Lake District.

    Copyright: Cairngorms NPA

    Copyright: Cairngorms NPA

    Exmoor – In the south west of Britain, Exmoor National Park has the highest coastline on the British mainland. It reaches a height of 314 metres (1350ft) at Culbone Hill.

    Copyright: Exmoor

    Copyright: Exmoor

    North York Moors - Woodland and forests cover about 22% of this National Park, situated in the east coast. It has one of the largest concentrations of ancient and veteran trees in northern England.

    Copyright: North York Moors National Park

    Copyright: North York Moors National Park

    Snowdonia  - As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales.

    Source: Blisco 12:54, 4 June 2006 (UTC) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

    Source: Blisco 12:54, 4 June 2006 (UTC) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

    South Downs  – On the south coast, it's the UK’s newest National Park. South Downs contains 1,813 km of footpaths and 1,213 km of bridleways.

    Source: South Downs flickr site

    Source: South Downs flickr site

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