Paths, parks and countryside areas

The Cairngorms

  • Distance or area: 4528 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: Northern Scotland

Few National Parks are as epic as the Cairngorms. Not only is it the largest of the National Parks family, it’s also one of the wildest landscapes in Britain. Where else can boast Britain’s highest and largest mountain range, five of the UK’s six highest mountains, 43 Munros and even three ski centres?

More information:cairngorms.co.uk

Dartmoor

  • Distance or area: 953 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South West England

Dartmoor was one of the first National Parks to be designed in the late 50s. It is a unique place, a wonderful wild landscape where changes in the weather have a strong impact. When the mist is down the striking tors crowning the moorland hilltops can make it feel like an eerie place. Yet when the sun is out, its huge horizons and stunning views inspire a real sense of joy and freedom.

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

Northumberland

  • Distance or area: 1048 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: North East England

The Northumberland National Park lies at the very top of England and is home to some huge walking giants – The Cheviot Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, The Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. With 600 miles of footpaths and bridleways on offer there is an opportunity for leisure walking and more challenging hikes.

More information:www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk

New Forest

  • Distance or area: 570 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South East England

After years of campaigning we were very pleased when the New Forest was finally designation National Park in 2004. It was to be a much-needed green lung for the South East. Ancient and ornamental woodland and open heathland as expected form the dominant landscape of the park but you can also roam over 26 miles of glorious coastline including salt marshes, lagoons and mudflats.

More information:www.newforestnpa.gov.uk

Exmoor

  • Distance or area: 694 sq km
  • Type: National Park
  • Location: South West England

Exmoor was granted a designation order for National Park status in 1954. Situated in the south west of England, three quarters of the land in the Park is in Somerset and the rest in Devon. The Park has been given the “Walkers Are Welcome” stamp of approval in recognition of its friendliness to walkers.

More information:www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk