Paths, parks and countryside areas

Pennine Bridleway

  • Start point: Hartington Station OR Middleton Top, near Middleton-by-Wirksworth (routes merge south of Parsley Hay)
  • End point: Street (planned extension to Byrness)
  • Distance or area: 205 miles (330km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: East Midlands and North West England

Riding helmets off to Mary Towneley who rode from Derbyshire to Northumberland in 1986 to underline the poor state of the country’s bridleways and to launch the idea of a Pennine Bridleway. It is the only national trail specifically designed for horse riders but a great route for walkers too.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/penninebridleway

Yorkshire Wolds Way

  • Start point: The Humber foreshore at Hessle – near the Humber Bridge 2 miles (3km) from Hull
  • End point: Filey Brigg outcrop, on the coast 7 miles (11km) south of Scarborough
  • Distance or area: 79 miles (127km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

This 79 mile long curving route goes from the North Sea to the Humber, around and across the Yorkshire Wolds via Market Weighton, taking walkers through some of the most peaceful countryside in England.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/yorkshirewoldsway

Offa's Dyke Path

  • Start point: The Marker Stone on Offa’s Dyke at Sedbury Cliff, near Chepstow
  • End point: The Marker Stone on Prestatyn seafront
  • Distance or area: 177 miles (285km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Welsh-English border

This splendid route takes walkers through the border country of England and Wales, from the Severn Estuary to the Irish Sea via Knighton, Welshpool and Llangollen. It passes through no less than eight different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offasdyke

Hadrian's Wall

  • Start point: Segedenum Roman fort at Wallsend on Tyne
  • End point: The Banks Promenade, Bowness-on-Solway
  • Distance or area: 84 miles (140km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: North East England and North West England

Hadrian’s Wall National Trail is a 84-mile sign-posted trail that stretches from Wallsend in North Tyneside in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to the west, taking in beautiful countryside, vibrant cities and coastal views not to mention fascinating archaeological sites.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrianswall

North Downs Way

  • Start point: Farnham, A31 junction near station
  • End point: Dover Esplanade
  • Distance or area: 153 miles (246km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: London and South East England

If you want picture-postcard villages, iconic sites and glorious countryside this is the trail for you. This 153 mile route follows ancient ways along the chalk ridges and wooded downland of Surrey and Kent through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, touching the southern edge of Greater London and ending at the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/northdowns