North York Moors to feature in first set of Royal Mail stamps for 2021

The North York Moors will feature on a new set of stamps commemorating the 70th anniversary of the opening of the first of the UK’s 15 National Parks.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 12:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 12:32 pm
The stamps celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first National Park - Pic: Royal Mail

The stamps celebrate the distinctive beauty of the UK’s National Parks, from gigantic sea cliffs to rolling chalk hills, razor-sharp mountains and marshy wetlands.

With images selected in collaboration with the National Parks, the set comprises two horizontal se-tenant strips.

National Parks were created in 1951 with the North York Moors following a year later. Images of 10 of the 15 National Parks will adorn the stamps, which will include:

The North York Moors is one of 10 National Parks featured on the stamps: Pic: Royal Mail

Dartmoor National Park

New Forest National Park

Lake District National Park

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

The Lake District is also featured - Pic: Royal Mail

Snowdonia National Park - Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri

North York Moors National Park

South Downs National Park

Peak District National Park

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro

Broads National Park

The Royal Mail described the North York Moors as: "endless seas of bright-purple moorland, steam trains puffing through sinuous valleys, sun-dappled waterfalls in lush woodland, the smell of fish and chips wafting through fishing villages in coastal coves

The North York Moors National Park has a timeless and idyllic feel, particularly in summer, with its retro-seeming villages and heritage railways — famously used as filming locations for Heartbeat and Harry Potter — evoking the atmosphere of a bygone era.

"Walking, cycling and sightseeing are the order of the day here, either in the valleys and moorland of the National Park’s interior or on its spectacular coastline — a sweep of high cliffs, hidden coves and rocky beaches, some of which are studded with Jurassic fossils and dinosaur footprints."

Philip Parker, from the Royal Mail, added: “Ten spectacular National Parks have been captured in stunning photographs that reflect their diversity and splendour.

“We are proud to be able to share the beauty of these parks on stamps at a time when so many of us have had our travel restricted.”

The stamps will be on sale from 14 January and will be available at www.royalmail.com/nationalparks, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in post offices across the UK.

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