We are always on top of the latest innovative outdoor gear and we appreciate techwear brands that know how to work around technical fabrics. But what are the best places to test your brand-new outerwear?
These are the UK’s best national parks to trial your innovative gear. Expect a combination of both breathtaking green landscapes and heart-pounding adventures across England, Wales and Scotland.
Lake District National Park, England
Even if you have never visited Lake District before, you’ve certainly seen its famous landscapes in paintings or read about their beauty in many 1800s poems from the Romantic period. Truth is that this National Park has been an inspiration for poets, writers and painters for a long time and that’s not a coincidence.
The Lake District National Park is home to nearly 100 lakes, including the largest lake in England 一the Windermere一, which makes it particularly good for aquatic activities like fishing or canoeing.
Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
Cairngorms is the UK’s largest national park and it’s home to 5 of Scotland’s highest mountain peaks. Located in the centre of the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms is ideal to test your outdoor winter gear. It offers a vast range of activities, from skiing and cycling to watersports and climbing.
New Forest National Park, England
If you’re looking for a more chill adventure, then New Forest is the national park you should visit. It dates 1000 year ago (maybe more) and it’s situated in south England, between Southampton and Bournemouth. New Forest is not a challenging terrain and it’s known for its diverse wildlife, picking and sight-seeing activities, as well as its mix of woodland and coast terrains.
Snowdonia National Park, Wales
If you seek adrenaline, in Snowdonia you’ll be able to climb or bike your way to Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain of 1,085-metre tall. Another alternative is to take the picturesque train to its peak and spare the fatigue. This national park is also home to sandy beaches and surfing lagoons.