National Park Maps

The National Parks of England and Wales are among the most beautiful and valued landscapes in the British Isles, containing some of our most breathtaking scenery, rare wildlife and cultural heritage.  The National Parks are visited by millions of people each year, who come to enjoy their unique qualities, peace and tranquility, and they are also 'living landscapes', home to diverse communities.  The National Parks must be conserved for the benefit of all, now and in the future - they are "not ours, but ours to look after".

National Parks are protected by law for the benefit of the nation.  They were established by the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act and have two statutory purposes:

  • To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Parks
  • To promote opportunities for the public understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Parks.

Policies and decisions that could affect the National Parks have to take these purposes into consideration.  If there is an irreconcilable conflict between the two purposes then the first one takes precedence.  This is known as the Sandford Principle.

In pursuing the purposes, National Park Authorities have a duty to seek to foster the social and economic well-being of their local communities.

National Park Authorities (NPAs) are the bodies charged with the achievement of National Park purposes.  They are members of the local government family as well as being independent, special purpose authorities established to act in the best interests of the National Parks and to encourage others to do the same.

There are two National Parks in Scotland, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and the Cairngorms. These are monitored by the Scottish Council for National Parks (SCNP).

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