Watch the UK's National Parks in 100 seconds

A still from the film
Just one of the landscapes shown in the new short film (Image credit: UK's National Parks in 100 Seconds)

Missing the UK’s National Parks? Well, if you have a spare two minutes, you can watch the scenery of the National parks in 100 seconds, thanks to a new film.

The short film, available to watch on YouTube, is designed to demystify the environmental make up of the UK’s National Park landscapes. Each of the 100 seconds shows 1% of the total National Parks landscape and how that landscape appears from above. You could think of it as a visual representation of a pie chart, done by time rather than pie segment.

The film was made by Dan Raven-Ellison (founder of Slow Ways), in collaboration with Jack Smith and voiced by Cerys Matthews. The project was successfully funded via a Crowdfunder campaign last October. The film follow on from previous projects The UK in 100 Seconds and The Netherlands in 100 Seconds.

2021 is the 70th anniversary of the UK’s first four National Parks: the Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor. There are now 15 National Parks made up of ten in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland. 

When speaking to National Geographic, Dan Raven-Ellison said, “In the UK our National Parks are quite different to some of the world's "wilder" protected areas. They are living and working landscapes that are home to hundreds of thousands of people as well as wildlife... I'm really interested in the gap between what we think the UK looks like and the reality on the ground.”

You can watch The UK’s National Parks in 100 Seconds on YouTube.

Emily Woodhouse

An adventure writer based on Dartmoor, England, Emily is an active member of Mountain Rescue and a summer Mountain Leader, but loves all things adventure – before her third birthday she had lived on three continents. Founder of Intrepid magazine, she works to help break stereotypes about women in the outdoors. Her expeditions have included walking all Dartmoor’s 119 tors in a single two-week outing, cycling to Switzerland and back, and riding the Rhine from source to sea.