Thousands of you love to walk and enjoy England and Wales’ beautiful National Parks. They are stunningly beautiful in all sorts of diverse ways. That's why, together with Campaign for National Parks, the only national charity dedicated to protecting and improving the National Parks of England and Wales, we invited you to share your #summerofbeauty in our photo competition.
Hannah Garcia, head of Partnerships at HF Holidays reported: “We were blown away by the many fantastic entries demonstrating the outstanding beauty of the National Parks. What's really brilliant is that these Parks are there for everyone to enjoy and we are proud to support the work of Campaign for National Parks to protect them.'
The winning photograph, shown above, was a stunning panorama of the Western Brecon Beacons, taken by Mark Kent. The photo, taken from Fan Foel, overlooks Picws Du and Llyn Fan Fach.
Mark said, ' I've lived in South Wales with my family for just over five years. I fell in love with the Brecon Beacons National Park when I first visited the area, shorty after our arrival. I love to go there whenever I have the opportunity and my timetable allows. My camera always goes with me as I love to capture something of the beauty of creation. It sometimes means a very early start to catch the sunrise!'
Mark will receive a £250 voucher towards an incredible holiday with HF Holidays and a feature spread in Campaign for National Parks’ Viewpoint magazine.
Striking images from Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks were both runners up in the competition. Sue Court's characterful capture of a Highland cow in Dartmoor shows a fun side to the theme.
Julia Amies Green managed to capture a vivid coastal scene at Wind Hill looking towards Lynmouth in Exmoor: the judges loved the vivid colours.
Congratulations to all three winning entries and to everyone who took part.
Need inspiration for your next outdoors adventure?
With so many beautiful National Parks to choose from (13 exactly in the UK), HF Holidays are lucky to have country houses in nine of them. Use the links below to discover your next summer adventure with HF Holidays.