The fight for National Parks

From day one we have actively campaigned for the creation of National Parks. For many years the fight for National Parks ran alongside our campaign for a right to roam.

Early landmarks such as James Bryce MP’s 1884 Freedom to Roam Bill and the Kinder Scout mass trespass both had this parallel vision of protected landscapes with open public access at their heart.

We joined others in the Standing Committee on National Parks which continued to pressure Governments until the passing of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act in 1949.

Finally in 1951 the Peak District was designated as Britain’s first National Park. 14 other National Parks have been created since. The most recent - the South Downs National Park – was created in 2009 and we were once again at the forefront of the campaign.

You can find out more about the history of National Parks and the struggle to create them at and on the Campaign for National Parks website.

Learn more about National Parks

Browse our National Parks listings to find out more about Britain's 15 National Parks.