The National Trust: a national treasure

The United Kingdom is rife with emerald green gardens, vibrant parks and majestic woodlands that shine bright against the backdrop of broody, unpredictable weather. But the upkeep of such beautiful areas wouldn’t be possible without the work of The National Trust. This 125-year-old charity is dedicated to protecting our cultural heritage across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, ensuring the persevering of culturally significant items, and to conserving areas of natural beauty.  

Autumn misty sunrise on Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, UK

A charity to be treasured

During the period of Coronavirus lockdown, the need for fresh air, open spaces and natural beauty has become even more apparent. It’s the appreciation for the little things in life that has kept most of the population going through a difficult time. 

Coastal walks for wellbeing, beach visits for beauty, cycling trips for calm… perspective, escape and relaxation have been essential. So why not continue your appreciation when it comes to your post-lockdown travel plans? You don’t have to travel to the Mediterranean to hear the exhilarating sounds of the waves or Rome to see ancient ruins. There are opportunities for National Trust days out across the UK, making your staycation just that extra bit more special.  

A wealth of experiences 

From the cathedrals in the Cotswolds and wildlife in Wiltshire to the national parks in North Yorkshire, whether you enjoy a picturesque clifftop walk, a spot of water sports or a winding cycling trail, you’re sure to find a National Trust-protected area that suits you. You can even walk in famous footsteps by visiting film and TV locations of your favourite productions. 

Lovers of the beach can’t go wrong with a holiday to Cornwall. For a waterside walk and a lovely picnic spot, the unspoilt sands of Lansallos are ideal. For something more active, the National Trust-recognised surf schools at Holywell and Crantock Beach are ideal for those travelling with water sports enthusiasts. 

The best English country gardens

Exploring a breath-taking summer meadow or gorgeous woodland couldn’t be easier with The National Trust. 

Among must-visits is Anthony in Cornwall, an 18th-century house set within a manicured garden. Ashclyst Forest is one of the largest woods in East Devon and is a beautiful place to spend the day, while the 300-year-old Beningborough Hall, Gallery and Gardens in North Yorkshire offer a mix of art and gardens. All have National Trust car parks within close proximity, making travelling a breeze. 

The Walled Garden at Buscot Park House in Oxfordshire

Untamed landscapes 

If you prefer to explore the more rugged landscapes of England, the National Trust also offers a mountaintop walk on Scafell Pike in Cumbria. Feel the wind in your hair on a pedal-powered ride through Mortehoe in Devon, or feel the first rays of the sun as you enjoy morning yoga at Birham Rocks in North Yorkshire. 

Preserving the UK for generations

The National Trust means so much more than coastlines and countryside. The hardworking charity intends to tackle climate change by aiming to become carbon net zero by 2030, creating 25,000 hectares of wildlife habitats by 2025 and creating green corridors for people and nature near towns and major cities. 

The treasured National Trust charity relies on visitors at their sites and donations of any size to maintain the amazing work that enables the United Kingdom to remain just as beautiful for the next 125 years.