‘The litter was a shock’: 2020’s Covid-driven rush on UK national parks

In lockdown, beauty spots such as Snowdonia attracted new visitors – but also fires, parking rows and ‘fly-camping’

For some years, Britain’s national parks have been wrestling with the same conundrum: how to attract visitors that aren’t just white, middle-class and middle-aged.

This summer, they got what they all thought they wanted: the biggest influx of new visitors in their history. With foreign travel off the agenda for most and the shops closed, people who had never before walked up a hill, let alone worn Gore-Tex, heading to their nearest national park as soon as lockdown restrictions were eased.

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