In honour of the Olympics, this year’s National Parks Week – from 30 July to 5 August – is a celebration of landscapes that have inspired mountaineers, sailors, cyclists, runners and athletes to aim higher and train harder.
Sebastian Coe, for example, was brought up in Sheffield and used to train in the Peak District National Park before going on to strike gold at the Olympics.
Events will be held across the country to mark National Parks Week, but the 15 areas can be enjoyed all year round and have plenty to offer.
The mountains of the Cairngorms, the Lake District and Snowdonia offer a variety of challenges for walkers, scramblers and climbers.
Enjoying a summit view across Snowdonia – copyright SNPA
The uplands of Northumbria, Yorkshire, the Peak District and Dartmoor are uniquely rugged.
Checking the map on Barden Moor – copyright YDNPA
And the coastal cliffs of Pembrokeshire have as much to offer as the heath and woodland of the New Forest.