An interactive map displaying the location of National Parks within the UK.
In 1949, following protests and campaigns, a measure was introduced by the UK government to protect and conserve some of the most beautiful areas of England and Wales. Within two years, the first sites were given the newly-named 'National Park' status: the Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor. Over the years that have followed, 11 more areas have been given similar status, thereby taking the total to 15.
Now, the National Parks are a source of immense pride for Brits and bring in millions of pounds through tourism every year. Whilst all are rural areas perfect for quiet days out, each park differs greatly and has its own attractions that are responsible for bringing in enthusiastic visitors.
Some of the most spectacular and valued countryside in the UK can be found in these areas. As well as welcoming visitors, National Parks are places where at least 331,000 people live, work and shape the landscape.
Nearly 4,000 ancient monuments are located in the National Parks across England, Scotland and Wales. The oldest National Park, the Peak District, was founded in 1951 while the newest, the South Downs, was only established in 2009. The largest National Park, the Cairngorms in Scotland, covers 1,467 square miles.
At the Met Office we forecast for all of the National Parks. Each of the areas contains a variety of landscapes, many with mountains and high peaks which can experience extreme and changeable weather.
From this page you can access forecasts for all 15 National Parks in the UK, as well as forecasts for the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. Although this granite mountain range is not a National Park, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty and attracts many tourists, hill walkers, cyclists and rock climbers every year.
Five day weather forecasts are available for locations within each National Park shown by the markers on the map. These markers are used to pinpoint mountain summits and other places of interest, by clicking on a marker you will bring up the forecast for that location. This will help you to plan your day and stay safe whilst you are out and about.