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Guide to car-free travel in the UK's National Parks

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Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:38 on Monday 29 July 2013

Over 90% percent of people travel to national parks in their car, says the association of National Parks UK.

In producing our Greentraveller Guides to many of the UKs protected areas, we've seen that there are now lots of schemes and facilities for both residents and visitors to use public transport to travel both to and around National Parks. The car needn't be the automatic choice of transport.

Throughout this week, in celebration of National Parks Week, we are featuring a car-free guide to 14 National Parks to show how easy it can be to visit these beautiful areas without a car.

>> Car-free Guide to the New Forest National Park

Explore the National Park with the New Forest Tour. 10% discount if you book the tour online. Photo: New Forest NPAExplore the National Park with the New Forest Tour. 10% discount if you book the tour online. Photo: New Forest NPA

>> Car-Free Guide to Snowdonia National Park

The scenic route: rail services from the Midlands via Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the Cambrian Coast Line via Barmouth, Harlech, Porthmadog, Criccieth and then Pwllheli for access to Snowdonia. Photo: Arriva Trains.The scenic route: rail services from the Midlands via Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the Cambrian Coast Line via Barmouth, Harlech, Porthmadog, Criccieth and then Pwllheli for access to Snowdonia. Photo: Arriva Trains.

>> Car-free Guide to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Take the Walter Scott steamship across Loch Katrine. Photo: LKT/Loch Lomond and the Trossachs NPATake the Walter Scott steamship across Loch Katrine. Photo: LKT/Loch Lomond and the Trossachs NPA

>> Car-free Guide to North York Moors National ParkThe North Yorkshire Moors Railway steams through the National Park. Photo © NYMR/NYMNPAThe North Yorkshire Moors Railway steams through the National Park. Photo © NYMR/NYMNPA

>> Car-free Guide to the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Take a bus to the pretty honeypot of Hawes. Photo © DalesBus www.dalesbus.orgTake a bus to the pretty honeypot of Hawes. Photo © DalesBus www.dalesbus.org

>> Car-free Guide to Dartmoor National Park

Cycling at Black Hill. Photo: KT/Darmoor NPACycling at Black Hill. Photo: KT/Darmoor NPA

>> Car-free Guide to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

A forward thinking local partnership that integrates public transport in Pembrokeshire has made it cheap, comfortable and hassle-free to travel by bus to some of the country's finest beaches. Photo: GreentravellerA forward thinking local partnership that integrates public transport in Pembrokeshire has made it cheap, comfortable and hassle-free to travel by bus to some of the country's finest beaches. Photo: Greentraveller

>> Car-free Guide to Peak District National Park

There's a good bus service in and around the Peak District National Park. Photo © Peak ConnectionsThere's a good bus service in and around the Peak District National Park. Photo © Peak Connections

>> Car-free Guide to Exmoor National Park

The quill symbol on the fingerposts leads the way. Photo: Paul BloomfieldThe quill symbol on the fingerposts leads the way. Photo: Paul Bloomfield

>> Car-free Guide to Cairngorms National Park

Aviemore station in the snow, a gateway to the Cairngorms' winter wonderland. Photo: CNPAAviemore station in the snow, a gateway to the Cairngorms' winter wonderland. Photo: CNPA

>> Car-free Guide to Brecon Beacons National Park

Arrive in style on the Traws Cymru T4 bus, the 'route with a view'. Photo © Traws CymruArrive in style on the Traws Cymru T4 bus, the 'route with a view'. Photo © Traws Cymru

>> Car-free Guide to the Lake District National Park

The Bike Bus has plenty of space to store bikes. Photo: Lake District NPAThe Bike Bus has plenty of space to store bikes. Photo: Lake District NPA

>> Car-Free Guide to the Broads

>> Car-Free Guide to Northumberland National Park

Cycling the Otterburn Ranges. Photo: Northumberland NPACycling the Otterburn Ranges. Photo: Northumberland NPA

>> See also our Greentraveller Guides to Protected Areas in the UK

By Richard Hammond.

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