Get active with a parks adventure

The summer holidays are the perfect time of year to get your family out and about and more active.

So why not head off to one of the UK’s National Parks, where there’s a wide range of events and activities on offer this summer – including during National Parks Week (July 25-31).

There are 15 National Parks to choose from:

Brecon Beacons
The Broads
Cairngorms
Dartmoor
Exmoor
Lake District
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
New Forest
Northumberland
North York Moors
Peak District
Pembrokeshire Coast
Snowdonia
South Downs
Yorkshire Dales

“Whether you’re a thrill seeker or are looking for something a little less energetic, we encourage you to get out and be a part of the incredible landscapes that make this country so unique,” says National Parks UK director, Kathryn Cook.

For instance, if you’re looking for something that gets your adrenaline pumping, try Zip World Fforest in Snowdonia, where you can swing on the five-seater Skyride way up in the trees or free-fall from the tree canopy and go on a zip safari through the forest. Or why not try your hand at archery or watch the birds of prey at Bolton Castle in the Yorkshire Dales?

You could also learn to make paper in the Brecon Beacons, attend an Ugly Bug Ball in the Cairngorms, learn wildcraft in the North York Moors, go gorge walking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, try your hand at crab catching at Pembrokeshire Coast, or join a high-tech treasure hunt in the South Downs.

Plus there are lots of activities such as walking and cycling routes, trail running and stargazing. For more ideas, visit the National Parks Week website.

According to National Parks UK, the majority of people in this country live within 70 miles of at least one of the 15 parks, so an adventure may be closer than you think.

Make sure you’re prepared for minor problems such as sprains, strains, cuts, grazes and insect bites as well as stocking up on plenty of sunscreen to protect your family’s skin – ask your local Careway pharmacist about the products you should take with you on your day out. Find your nearest Careway pharmacy by using our Pharmacy Finder.