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My National Park adventure competition

24th August 2012

Britainss diverse natural beauty has inspired many adventurers – from TV’s Ben Fogle to Pembrokeshire’s kite-surfing champion Kirsty Jones. Now budding young travel writers are being encouraged to share their stories and compete for a chance to win fantastic outdoor footwear, ensuring they’re well-equipped for their next adventure.

The 15 members of the UK’s National Parks family and brand partner Merrell, outdoor gear specialist, are teaming up to launch the My National Park Adventure competition for young people. Would-be travel bloggers are being urged to write a piece of 500 words or less about their National Park adventures this summer.

Remember that adventure is what you make it! In the hands of a good storyteller, canoeing the Broads in search of otters can be just as thrilling as reaching the peak of a Cairngorms mountain! Rockpooling on a beach in Exmoor may possess all the drama of the Brecon Beacons Olympic Challenge! We want to see young people making the most of their National Parks – so check out the range of National Park events on our website and tell us about your adventures! www.nationalparks.gov.uk/nationalparksweek.htm

The competition is being run in conjunction with National Parks Week, a celebration of Britain’s breathing spaces, taking place from 30 July to 5 August.

Aspiring litterateurs (that’s a posh word for ‘writer’ – we had to look it up) can enter the competition via the UK National Parks website: www.nationalparks.gov.uk/mynationalparkadventure

Entrants will need the permission of a parent or legal guardian.

There are two categories for entries: Authors of 11 years old and under / Authors aged 12-16 years old (inclusive). One winner will be chosen from each category, and he or she will walk away with brand new top-quality footwear provided by Merrell. So, get writing!

Stories must be submitted by 12 noon Friday, 7 September 2012, and must take place in one of the 15 Members of the UK National Park Family: Brecon Beacons, the Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales.

Full details of the competition, as well as terms and conditions, can be found at: www.nationalparks.gov.uk/mynationalparkadventure