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Peak District is the UK’s best National Park

The Peak District has been named the UK’s best national park for a scenic adventure, according to a recent study by online car marketplace, cinch.

The data considers factors including the number of nearby cafes, parking spaces, average temperature, and social media popularity.

The Lake District and New Forest ranked closely behind the Peaks, offering scenic alternatives.

Crucial amenities 

cinch’s study highlighted crucial amenities in these rural spaces. In terms of cafes, the Lake District triumphs with 335 cafes for tourists and locals to refuel during their visits. However, Northumberland National Park is not far behind, boasting 251 cafes within its vicinity.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads also offer a plentiful supply of eateries, with 202 cafes to cater to outdoor enthusiasts.


Parking spaces within national parks were a key component in cinch’s data-driven review. The New Forest emerged top in this category, hosting 120 car parks. It’s followed by the Peak District and the Pembrokeshire Coast with 44 and 40 parking areas, respectively.

On social media platforms such as Tiktok and Instagram, the Peak District is a firm favourite among users. With 363m views on TikTok and 2.3m mentions on Instagram, it goes beyond doubt that the aesthetics of this national park capture the fascination of digital audiences.

The top national parks to visit in the UK according to cinch are:

  • Peak District
  • Lake District
  • New Forest
  • Northumberland
  • Dartmoor
  • Norfolk and Suffolk Broads
  • Pembrokeshire Coast
  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
  • South Downs
  • Eryi (Snowdonia)
  • Exmoor
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)
  • Cairngorms
  • North York Moors

Sam Sheehan, our motoring editor, said: “Crowning the best national park in the UK based on its scenery alone is no easy feat, as every park is dotted with picturesque villages and stunning sites.

“However, based on our findings, the perfect location for a road trip is the Peak District, the first of Britain’s 15 national parks to be established.

“Covering five different counties and featuring spectacular landscapes, the Peak District is an ideal destination if you’re on the hunt for picture- or video-perfect spots.

“In fact, this stunning part of the world has received over 363 million views on TikTok, making it a true favourite among nature lovers and social media users.”

Unforgettable stays at Wheeldon Trees Cottages

Wheeldon Trees Cottages offers the perfect escape for your 2024 holiday, boasting luxury cottages designed for ultimate comfort and relaxation.

Your gateway to Peak District charm

Our prime location lets you explore the region at your own pace either by car or on our complimentary electric bikes, including two brand-new hybrid options perfect for tackling any terrain.

Luxury redefined

Seeking the pinnacle of Peak District living? Our recently refurbished Farmhouse is a masterpiece of modern luxury. In addition, upgraded cottages like Nadin, Ollerenshaw, Priestley, and Mycock offer an unforgettable blend of style and comfort.

Unwind and recharge

After a day of exploration, unwind in the peace of your private cottage sanctuary. Take in the breathtaking vista from Sheldon Cottage, our accessible property boasting the best views on the estate. Recharge in the tranquillity of our surroundings, or enjoy a friendly games night in our fantastic games room featuring pool, air hockey, and ping pong.

Convenience at your doorstep

For your added comfort, we offer on-site EV charging, a handy honesty shop to stock up on luxury treats, and the option to bring your furry companions to our designated dog-friendly cottages: Critchlow, Lomas, and Ollerenshaw.

Award-winning hospitality

Wheeldon Trees is consistently recognised for its exceptional hospitality. TripAdvisor recently named Wheeldon Trees in the top 10% of places to stay in the world. Thanks to our visitors’ amazing reviews, we recently received the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2023 for the second year running.

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