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What are National Parks?
The National Parks of England and Wales
Tourist Honeypots
Problems in National Parks
Castleton A tourist honey pot in The Peak District
Castleton - Case Study Page

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Castleton - a honeypot in the Peak District National Park.
 

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What are National Parks?
National Parks are protected areas of outstanding natural beauty. The first National Park was Yellowstone National Park, USA. Yellowstone was set up in 1872.

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The National Parks of England and Wales
National Parks of England and Wales defined by an Act of Parliament (1949) as:

'areas of great natural beauty giving opportunity for open air recreation, established so that natural beauty can be preserved and enhanced, and so that the enjoyment of the scenery by the public can be promoted'

There are 13 National Parks in England and Wales. These are:

Key National Park
Established
km²
sq mi
National Parks of England and Wales
Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_parks_of_England_and_Wales
1 Peak District
1951
1,438
555
2 Lake District
1951
2,292
885
3 Snowdonia
1951
2,142
827
4 Dartmoor
1951
956
369
5 Pembrokeshire Coast
1952
620
240
6 North York Moors
1952
1,436
554
7 Yorkshire Dales
1954
1,769
683
8 Exmoor
1954
693
268
9 Northumberland
1956
1,049
405
10 Brecon Beacons
1957
1,351
522
11 The Broads
1988
303
117
12 New Forest
2005
580
220
13 South Downs
2010
1,641
634
  Established total
14,629
5,648
         

Most National Parks are located in upland areas of northern England and Wales.

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Tourist Honeypots
Honeypots are areas which attract many tourists. They usually contain attractive scenery or historic/culturally significant buildings. These areas are so called because tourists flock to these places like 'bees around honey'.

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Problems in National Parks
Tourism causes many problems in National Parks. These include -

Litter
Traffic congestion
Footpath erosion resulting from overuse
Conflict with other landusers e.g. farmers

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Castleton A tourist honey pot in The Peak District
Castleton is a village located in the Peak District National Park. Full details about it's attractions, problems and management solutions can be found on the Peak District Web Site or here on Internet Geography.

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