THE MERRELL BLOG: WHAT'S NOW. WHAT'S NEXT. LET'S GET OUTSIDE.
Guest blogger for UK National Parks, Nancy Webb, explains how a new initiative is your passport to inspiring outdoor adventures.
REMEMBER that spectacular view you had from the top of Snowdon last summer? Or maybe you were lucky enough to see a rainbow over the North York Moors? Perhaps you spotted a kingfisher during a boat trip in the Norfolk Broads or a red squirrel in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs…
You’ve probably got photos of your trip, you may even have shared them with us on Facebook – we always like to see them! Now there’s another way to help you remember your travels in National Park – the National Park visitor passport.
We’ve launched an updated passport with the help of our brand partner Merrell, who we teamed up with in 2011 to help inspire a new generation of outdoor adventurers to explore and enjoy Britain’s family of 15 National Parks.
You can pick up a copy of the passport (or download one from our Facebook page or website, www.uknationalparks.gov.uk/passport, and pack it in your rucksack along with the Kendal mint cake and your compass. Then simply pop into one of our National Park visitor centres and get it stamped as a memento of your trip.
From now until March 31, if you send us your details, we’ll also enter you into a competition to win some fab Merrell footwear into the bargain.
As well as getting your passport stamped there, you’ll find our National Park visitor centres are great places to pick up local tips and advice about activities and places to visit in our National Parks.
Staff there will know the area like the back of their hand. They can advise on walking routes for different abilities, places to go boating, biking, horse riding, climbing, canoeing and all many other activities people of all ages and abilities can enjoy in our family of 15 National Parks.
If you’ve got young children, you’ll find our visitor centres often run free activities for children, including nature hunts and art and crafts. Speaking from experience, the little ones will definitely enjoy getting the passport stamped.
But visitor passports are not just for youngsters. Some National Park enthusiasts have been known to attempt to get stamps from parks at different ends of the country – from the Cairngorms to the South Downs.
We’ve not heard of anyone getting all 15 stamps – yet – but we’d love to hear from you if you have, especially if you’ve hopped on a train or bike to do it (we love green travellers). Happy stamp-collecting!