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National Parks

What are National Parks?
The National Parks of England and Wales
Tourist Honeypots
Problems in National Parks
Castleton A tourist honey pot in The Peak District
Castleton - Case Study Page


What are National Parks?

National Parks are protected areas of outstanding natural beauty. The first National Park was Yellowstone National Park, USA. Yellowstone was set up in 1872.

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The National Parks of England and Wales

National Parks of England and Wales defined by an Act of Parliament (1949) as:

'areas of great natural beauty giving opportunity for open air recreation, established so that natural beauty can be preserved and enhanced, and so that the enjoyment of the scenery by the public can be promoted'

There are 11 National Parks in England and Wales. These are:

1. The Peak District

2. The Lake District

3. Northumberland

4. Yorkshire Dales

5. Snowdonia

6. Pembrokeshire Coast

7. Brecon Beacons

8. Exmoor

9. Dartmoor

10. Norfolk Broads

11. North Yorkshire Moors

[The National Parks of England and Wales]

Most National Parks are located in upland areas of northern England and Wales (map).

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Tourist Honeypots

Honeypots are area which attract many tourists. They are so called because tourists flock to these places like 'bees around honey'.

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Problems in National Parks

Tourism causes many problems in National Parks. These include -

Traffic congestion
Footpath erosion resulting from overuse
Conflict with other landusers e.g. farmers

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Castleton A tourist honey pot in The Peak District

Castleton is a village located in the Peak District National Park. Full details about it's attractions, problems and management solutions can be found on the Peak District Web Site or here on GeoNet.

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The Peak District National Park - Castleton - A Tourist Village?


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