National Parks of Britain

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Endorsed by celebrated travel writer Bill Bryson. Foreword by Sir Chris Bonington, renowned mountaineer and Honourary Life Vice President of the Council for National Parks, this book also includes a chapter on Britain’s newest National Park, the South Downs. The National Parks are the most celebrated and diverse areas of Britain’s unique rural landscape. Each with its own distinct character, from the rugged mountainous countryside of the Cairngorms in Scotland to the open heathland and ancient expanses of woodland in the New Forest, they are home to some of the most varied wildlife to be found anywhere in the country. Renowned National Parks authority Roly Smith gets to the heart of what makes each of Britain’s National Parks unique, imparting his expert advice and some top tips along the way, and the book celebrates the special role the National Parks play in the preservation of Britain’s rich and varied landscape.


Roly Smith is the writer, editor, and author of 70 books about the British countryside. Formerly chairman of the national Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, he is now its president. Roly enjoyed a 20-year career in journalism before becoming Head of Information Services with Britain’s busiest National Park, the Peak District, for 13 years. He is the author of AA Publishing’s National Parks of Britain, World Heritage Sites of Britain, and Heritage Landscapes.