No surprise to Yorkshire folk, but the Yorkshire Dales has been named the best national park in Europe for 2021, according to TripAdvisor. It’s one of the most naturally beautiful places that we’ve ever experienced, and a place that we like to refer to as pano-view because of all it’s spectacular sights that surround you.
It’s the first time the travel site has featured this category in its Traveller’s Choice Awards, and the Yorkshire Dales topped the list beating out some of Europe’s best parks. The decisions are based on their popularity and reviews from TripAdvisor users.
The Yorkshire Dales is a place we are proud of in our county. It has beautiful rolling hills, amazing farm life and awe-inspiring natural wonders such as Malham Cove and Ingleton Waterfalls. We’ve even thought of 8 reasons why the Yorkshire Dales is one of the most beautiful places in the world here. So – to us- there is no surprise that it has topped the list as we experience its beauty all the time.
It was joined by two other Northern national parks in the list: the Peak District and New Forest who came 4th and 5th respectively.
Hayley Coleman, Tripadvisor spokesperson, said: “With indoor activities mostly off the table in 2020, travellers headed for the great outdoors and according to a recent survey of Tripadvisor travellers, more than half (52%) say they are more likely to take an outdoor or nature trip than they were before the pandemic.
“With this in mind, it seemed timely to introduce this year’s new category, National Parks. While the pandemic has been incredibly tough in lots of ways, one positive that we can take away is that it has unleashed a new found love of getting back to nature for many of us.”
Europe’s top 10 national parks for 2021
- Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK
- Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
- Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
- Peak District National Park, UK
- New Forest National Park, UK
- Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Spain
- Sierra Nevada National Park, Spain
- Uludag National Park, Turkey
- Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, Spain
- Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, Italy
Please be aware of government guidance to only exercise locally, no one should be visiting the Yorkshire Dale’s otherwise.
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