Paths, parks and countryside areas

Broads

  • Distance or area: 305 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: East of England

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is one of Britain’s finest wetlands. It is of international nature conservation importance covering an area of 303 square km, mainly within Norfolk, but with a small part in Suffolk. The dominant landscapes are expanses of water, grazing marshes, fens and wet woodlands.

More information:www.broads-authority.gov.uk

Yorkshire Dales

  • Distance or area: 1769 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

Expansive, tranquil and often remote these limestone uplands with their distinctive crags and pavements straddle the Pennines in striking fashion. Situated in North Yorkshire and Cumbria in Northern England, the park protects some 1,769 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful terrain in the country.

More information:www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

North York Moors

  • Distance or area: 1434 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

For many of us a perfect walk is in a remote location with just stunning scenery for company. There can be few better locations for such a walk than the North York Moors National Park. A huge expanse of heather moorland as far as the eye can see, spectacular coastline adorned with towering cliffs, beautiful dales and woodland, all housed in the least populated national park in the country.

More information:www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

Breacon Beacons

  • Distance or area: 1344 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Wales

Before the invention of sophisticated satellite systems British monarchs relied on a system of early-warning fires to alert them of an imminent invasion. In South Wales, the pivotal point of this network, visible across fifteen counties, was Pen Y Fan. Over time the beacon leant its name to the entire range of hills extending to either side of it.

More information:www.beacons-npa.gov.uk

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

  • Distance or area: 1865 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Central Scotland

Scotland’s first National Park encompasses 1,865 square kilometres of some of the finest scenery in Scotland. Lying on the Highland Boundary fault – where the gentle Lowlands meet the unkempt Highlands, it is a chocolate box selection of varying landscapes – rolling lowland in the south, lofty mountains in the north and many lochs, rivers, forests and woodlands in between.

More information:www.lochlomond-trossachs.org